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One of the hardest choices to make when upgrading your patio area is which type of room or awnings to choose. That is why our Atlas consultants are so often called to help our customers choose the best option for the available space.

Once you decide on a solution, you have another choice – what type of roof do you choose?

A patio room or outdoor entertainment room from Atlas Awnings usually has two options, insulated roofing, or single skin roofing. Both have their advantages, so we thought it might be best to highlight some pros and cons.

V-Line Single Skin Roofing

Insulated Roofing

V-Line Single Skin Roofing

V-Line single skin roofing is a roofing material specially designed for patios, pergolas and carports. It consists of a single pre-painted steel panel, joined by a unique overlapping clip. The underside of the roof panels have a distinct V joint appearance, giving the panel its name.

Cost Effective

The V-Line skin is designed to be affordable. If you are on a budget, V-Line is the ideal solutions a carport or pergola.

Ease of Installation

V-Line is specially designed to span large areas, and its lightweight construction means it can require less posts and beams than a heavier roof material. This can result in a simpler more open feel.

Skylight Integration

Because the V-Line is a single skin with easy joining clip, it can be incorporated with translucent skylight panels. This can increase the natural light into the alfresco area without compromising on sun and weather protection.

Insulated Roofing

Insulated roofing is more of a premium roofing option. The insulated roofing panels consist of the roofing sheet bonded with a polystyrene core and a pre-painted underside panel.


An insulated roof is (as the name suggests) more insulated from the extremes of temperature on the North Coast of NSW. An insulated patio roof in summer will reflect a lot of the heat, keeping your alfresco area cooler for longer. This can make a big difference to comfort and cost savings. If you are planning on enclosing a room, heating and cooling costs need to be considered.

Ceiling Like Appearance

The flat underside of an insulated roof gives the appearance of a traditional ceiling. The flat, clean finish can make an added room appear to be an extension of the existing house.

Ability to install lights and fans

Because the cavity can be used to add wiring and fixtures, an insulated room can have lights and ceiling fans installed. This is one of the biggest bonuses of the insulated roof, with many customers installing LED downlights to light the entertainment area of an evening.

Other Options – Polycarbonate Roofing

While not suitable for all awnings, rooms and patios, another option is polycarbonate roofing. Polycarbonate roofing sheets usually consist of a 10mm thick twin wall box-cell construction supported in a fully powder coated aluminium frame. The sheets usually come in a variety of tints.

Polycarbonate lets in maximum light and maintains a 99% UV light resistance. A polycarbonate roof is ideal for a low light verandah or patio, where the main concern is protection from rain.

Polycarbonate roofing may not be available on all products, but contact one of our consultants if you think this might be an option for you.

 A roof for all applications

As you can see, there are many pros and cons to choosing the right roof for your outdoor area. It can be a hard decision, so don’t hesitate to call one of our Atlas design consultants. We can help you go through your concerns and recommend the best product to suit you needs and budget.

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