Cool for the Summer: 3 Ways to Summer-Proof Your Open Patio

Summer is just a few weeks away, signalling the arrival of high temperatures and humidity in Brisbane. Although this is the season to enjoy the outdoors, the heat still gets uncomfortable, even when your indoors.

Patios, particularly, present a problem. Even when open, the humidity can make you feel stuffy with the lack of breeze. So what should you do when you want to enjoy the outdoors without getting scorched by the heat? Improve your patio.

Features to Add to Your Patio

  1. Insulated Roofing

Insulated roofing panels can be fitted onto different types of substrates, so you’ll find one that suits your patio. Insulated patio roofing systems come in an array of materials, such as fibreglass, aluminium and stainless steel.

Many Brisbane homeowners overlook the advantages of an insulated patio, with many assuming it’s unnecessary because of the open architecture. But a properly insulated patio bounces the sun’s rays instead of absorbing them. This helps maintain a cool shade and comfortable temperature level in your outdoor space during hot summer days. Plus, insulated roofing lowers your energy consumption.

Choose products with a high R-value, which indicates the strength of the insulation. The higher the R-value, the more resistance to heat.

Apart from roof installation, retractable awnings on your patio help protect you from the sun.

  1. Retractable Awnings

As the sun moves throughout the day, certain areas of your patio become exposed to the harsh rays. Retractable awnings give you much-needed shade during the warmer times of the day, especially if your patio faces the sun. Simply withdraw them when you want to lounge in the sun.

If you want to take an extra step in cooling your outdoor space, install a misting system.

  1. Misting System

Misting systems are helpful if you entertain a lot of guests on the regular or spend plenty of time on your patio. These instalments release a spray of water to cool the air through evaporation. These are easy to set up, usually taking a day if you hire professionals. But you can also do it yourself over the weekend.

Most dwellers in humid locations don’t get wet under the misting system since the water evaporates almost immediately. So you don’t have to worry about making your guests feel uncomfortable with the constant spraying.

Patio misting fans are a good alternative if you’re not ready to get a built-in cooling system. The floor fans have jets that disperse water as the blades rotate, creating a fine mist that evaporates quickly. They have the same effect as misting systems, but fans are more affordable and flexible. Plus, you can you adjust the fan’s speed and aim it where you want.

If your patio’s floor or furniture feels damp, it means it’s too humid for misting.

Also, consider your patio’s structure, especially the roof, before deciding on any additions. The construction may influence the efficacy of any instalment, from the architecture to the material used.

Reliable Patio Roofing Solutions

Just Patios is a team of professional builders, specialising in room enclosures that let you enjoy a seamless indoor-outdoor lifestyle. We offer a variety of roofing solutions and our professionals are happy to help you find the best one for your need.

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