There are dozens of great deck covering ideas, these are five of the most versatile and popular.
Colorbond, tiling and other roofing materials are all obvious choices for a decking cover. Choose this option if you want full shade and rain protection throughout the year.
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2. Polycarbonate Roofing
If you want full shelter from the rain and some protection from the harsh rays of the sun but want your deck to still be bathed in natural sunlight, polycarbonate roofing is a great choice. Modern polycarbonate roofing comes in a wide variety of profiles and colors. Offering up to 99% UV protection, it keeps your deck cooler and helps prevent damage to timber decking due to sun and rain.
3. Traditional Pergola
A traditional pergola is a simple timber structure consisting of posts, beams and rafters. Aesthetically, it is a perfect match with a timber deck. The drawback to a traditional pergola is that it offers limited shade and no protection from the rain. Today, pergola builders often add polycarbonate roofing to the top of the pergola. It can be attached directly to the rafters or “floated” above the rafters to give the pergola an even more authentic feel.
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4. Retractable Awnings
Retractable awnings have been with us for decades but had their limitations in the past. They are now enjoying an explosion in popularity thanks to modern materials, technology and designs. Strong, light-weight aluminum components make it possible to extend the reach of an awning. New flexible fabrics provide complete waterproofing and options between full shade or filtered sunlight. A motorized retractable awning can be extended or retracted at the touch of a button.
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5. Gazebo Covered Decks
When we think of a deck, we usually think of it as being attached to the house, but there’s no reason why it has to be. Why not make a natural stone pathway or timber walkway your connection to your deck and cover the deck with a gazebo?
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