Thinking about upgrading your outdoor space? Adding a pergola, verandahs or patio can provide a range of benefits besides just giving you a nice place to sit outside.
To help you make an informed decision, we’ve gone in-depth into the reasons you should get a patio installed in your home.
Increases your home’s resale value
Many homeowners love having outdoor areas. If your home features a patio, you might be able to sell your property for more than you’d expect.
Of course, the materials used to build the patio will have a value in it of itself. However, it’s the aesthetic and lifestyle appeal of patios that will significantly increase the value of your property. If you install and decorate them the right way and it can become a beautiful extension of your living space.
When it comes to patios, there are two things that influence property value. First, the buyers will most likely value the home based on the materials it’s made out of. For example, if your patio roofing is made of polycarbonate roofing, the buyers will likely pay a bit more for the property.
The other factor is aesthetic design. If you have a beautiful patio that is designed to make people feel at ease, it can increase the value of your property. In this regard, verandahs, pergolas and patios are quite similar.
Outdoor spaces in modern homes are becoming more and more common. This is especially the case in Australia where the weather often welcomes outdoor events and activities. So, if you want to strengthen your negotiating power in the market, consider getting a patio.
Perfect for outdoors occasions
If you want an outdoor space to host parties or events, the patio is a great option. A patio that is properly heated and roofed will offer a comfortable social space for all of your guests, regardless of the weather.
Additionally, you can easily personalise the layout to suit your preferences. For example, if you love music, you can design the space to be able to include a quality stereo system. On the other hand, if you like a space that offers a casual socialising space, you can fit some seats and perhaps a pool table.
What’s more, because the event is outdoors, after-party cleaning is made that much easier for the hosts.
When it comes to outdoor activities, patios have a huge advantage over verandahs. Verandahs are often narrow and must be attached around the main structure of the house. This makes it less appropriate for outdoor events and game rooms.
Don’t like hosting parties? Well, your patio can be anything you want it to be. It can be an extended living space, a game room or a nice lounging area. Rain or sunshine, your patio space will be able to provide you with comfort and peace of mind.
Personalisation is a huge feature of a patio. You can control the amount of sunlight that enters your space with blinds or louvred roofing. Of course, the decor of the patio can be customised as well. You can decorate it so as to match the aesthetic of your main home. Conversely, you can set it up so that it has a completely different feel.
If you want the patio to be a separate space from the main structure of our house, that can be done as well.
One main difference between pergolas and patios is its relation to your back garden. Pergolas are used to enhance existing gardens specifically. In fact, traditionally, pergolas used the vines and foliage of a garden to provide shade. On the other hand, patios are much more versatile, practically allowing you to use it in any way that you want.
Reduce home maintenance costs
When installed the right way, patios save you a lot of money in the future. Patios are often much more durable than decks. Additionally, patios generally cost less to maintain. If you get a deck installed at your home, you can expect to pay for regular cleaning, staining and sealing. With patios, however, you only have to do this every three or so years.
Also, if your patio is going to be installed on a lawn, it can save you from having to mow and maintain the lawn. For many homeowners, not having this extra responsibility on a monthly basis is a huge help.
Lastly, the shade that a patio provides can passively cool your home. This can potentially help you save some money on air conditioning costs during those Australian summers.
There are many benefits to getting a patio. Although it might be similar to pergolas and verandahs there are some key differences between these outdoor spaces. If you’re trying to decide on which one to get, consider the points above long with your personal needs and preferences.