Single Skin vs Insulated Patio Roofing: Which Should You Choose?

Patios are the marriage of the indoors and outdoors. They give you a pleasant view and feel of the outdoors while keeping you in a safe, comfortable environment. What gives a patio its versatility as an indoor and outdoor space is its roof.

For most patio building projects, there are two kinds of patio covers: the single skin roofing and the insulated roofing. Both single skin and insulated roofing are utilised in patio-building applications, depending on your preferences and requirements.

Single Skin Roofing

As its name suggests, single skin patio roofing consists of only one layer of steel, painted over with a high gloss finish. It is specifically built to reflect sunlight and is extremely lightweight. Because of their straightforward design, they are pretty easy to clean. Technicians install single skin roofing in an interlocked manner to give it a watertight seal.

The problem some homeowners encounter with single skin roofing, however, is that it fails to keep in warmth. Since its design only allows it to reflect sunlight, it lacks warmth-absorbing qualities that are desirable during colder seasons. Condensation usually forms on the underside of the ceiling, leading to drips or mould formation.

Insulated Roofing

An upgrade to single skin roofing, insulated patio systems are made of durable high-grade steel layers and glosses. They are modern and sleek, designed to be installed on a wide range of roof frames. Given its resistance to moisture and condensation, homeowners can install ceiling fans or lights on the ceiling to make their patio more comfortable. You also won’t need to worry about water dripping on your furnishings.

Insulated roofing systems allow you to install glass enclosures for your patio. These roofing systems also require fewer beams and provide options for hidden ducting, giving you a high-quality finish that is also easy on the eye.

The most significant advantage that insulated patio roofing has over single skin roofing is temperature control. The insulating material between the two skins reduces heat flow, providing you with more comfortable temperatures in cold and warm weather. With an insulated roofing system, you can minimise both heating and cooling costs in enclosed outdoor living areas.

The Verdict

Single skin and insulated roofing give homeowners countless benefits and outstanding results. Both roofing types give protection from sunlight and the elements, enhancing overall comfort in your patio.

However, insulated roofing stands out because of its sleek look, versatility and temperature control qualities. Due to the layer of insulated material between the roof skins, it can keep your outdoor living space warm during winter and cool during summer.

Want to learn more about insulated roofing?

The Just Patios team is passionate about the outdoors. We provide high-quality and top-performance insulated roof panels for both homes and large commercial establishments in Brisbane. We customise our products according to your needs, making sure you get the solution that suits your property and lifestyle best.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us on 1300 284 531 for a free quote and design consultation.