Patio Roof Designs and Ideas

Patios are an outdoor extension of your indoor lifestyle. With an astute roof design, you can reflect your personality while adding value to your property.

Over the years, patio roof designs have evolved to suit individual taste, provide shelter from the weather and tailored for budgetary constraints. Among these patio roof designs are awnings, including both fixed and retractable solutions. These are available in canvas or insulated roof ceiling sheets to name a few.

Canvas patio awnings are a budget-friendly roof design solution. They are available in a wide range of colour pallets, complementing the exterior of the building. Canvas awnings can be fixed, or operated with a retractable arm. This allows for an extension across the outdoor living area.

An insulated roof with ceiling sheets can be erected with aluminium or polycarbonate thermoplastic. Both offer many years of low-maintenance service and have thermal qualities that enhance the outdoor living experience.

There is no better way to protect your patio than with an insulated  roof awning.

Polycarbonate is always a popular choice. It is a high-quality product with a lifespan of up to 20 years. This product has built-in UV-blocking qualities that can withstand extreme temperatures. Polycarbonate is a thermoplastic material, ideal as a roofing solution for patios, sunrooms and decks.

Another insulated roofing solution is canvas awning canopies. Not only do these add space to homes and business premises, they also offer great protection from all weather conditions. Canvas awnings are available as fixed or retractable roofing solutions.

Insulation of outdoor living spaces is essential for the South African climate. Not only does it protect property from the harsh elements of wind, rain, heat and cold, but insulation also acts as a thermal blanket which cuts down costs for heating or cooling.



Polycarbonate sheeting is an ideal roofing product for patios and all outdoor entertainment areas. This thermoplastic material is virtually indestructible and can tolerate extreme weather conditions, both hot and cold. Polycarbonate panels are so resistant to impact that the material is used in the manufacture of police bulletproof shields!


Acting like a shield from ultra-violet rays, polycarbonate sheeting is nevertheless a wonderful light transmission material. Acting very much like a pane of glass, polycarbonate’s translucent qualities make it an attractive and viable roofing agent option for outside living spaces.

The fact that polycarbonate is a lightweight material, makes it an attractive roofing option because it is more manageable than other heavier products and is easier to transport. Its durability makes polycarbonate roof sheeting an extremely attractive and cost-effective option. Polycarbonate offers many years of service without fading or discolouring. The roof sheets are available in a variety of colours and tints.

retractable awnings make a patio look amazing

Patio awning ideas

When it comes to patio awning ideas, there are so many options! Awnings come in all types, shapes and sizes, from small to large, from fixed to retractable. You can find them made of different materials such as wood, metals, and plastics.

Mounted Awnings can offer shade and protection from the rain and wind for your garden and patio with their coverage and are available in a variety of colours.

awning roof with track blinds

Everybody loves the shade of a retractable patio awning!

Patio Awnings can be quite an attractive addition, enhancing the look of your outdoor living space, house and entire yard all year round. Retractable awnings, a canopy awning or a fixed shade structure offers a shady area for outdoor parties and gatherings with family or with friends. Awnings can be installed on patios, decks, poolside areas, courtyards and can also be used as carports.

The following are some popular patio shade ideas

Use our traditional retractable awnings to enjoy your backyard patio

– The traditional fixed awning with a pitched roof and open sides is perfect for those who want to enjoy the outdoors while being protected from the weather. This permanent structure has an attractive design, is very functional and can be easily installed by Awning Warehouse. It incorporates different materials in the installation.

A patio awning with a roof provides shade from the sun, especially on hot days.

– This Patio awning is the perfect addition to any backyard, patio or deck. It has two posts that are attached by beams at an angle before reaching the roof structure. They can support climbing vines to add a rustic feel to the permanent structure. Pergolas are ideal for extra versatility for your outdoor structure

Stay cool in the summer heat with our retractable awnings

Patio fabric awnings can also be made of an aluminium frame, like this retractable awning which has a charming design and is very practical. It creates an inviting space to relax while offering protection from harmful uv rays. The retractable awning offers shade in summer while allowing air to circulate during other seasons. This fabric awning is available in different sizes and colours.

Retractable Patio Awning

Choose from different contemporary covered options with a retractable awning 

A remote control awning can also have a contemporary design, like this retractable awing which is made of galvanized steel that gives it an elegant look and provides long-lasting protection from direct rays when needed. The roof is designed to provide shade during summer while still letting air flow through to cool you down on hot days. Call us to discuss your project and we will happily give you some specific patio awning ideas.

Have the flexibility to enjoy direct rays or shade with a modern design

A fixed louvred roof can also have a modern design, like this Patio awning which has an adjustable roof for maximum porch cover with a rigid frame. Opt in for vertical screens or sail shades for the winter months. This louvred roof offers shade from the patio canopy during summer days providing shade from the sun and shelter from the rain on other days. It is also very attractive, making it the perfect addition to any backyard.

Create a modern and stylish design with long-lasting aluminium

Backyard Patio Awnings can also be made of aluminium, like this covered patio or Gazebo which has a stylish design and is very practical.

It offers protection from the sun and rain and is easy to maintain. This Gazebo style is available in different sizes.

Modern Patio awning ideas

Awning Warehouse has a wide selection of outdoor options to make outdoor space a dream. One of our most popular items is modern patio awnings, which combine old-fashioned elegance fused with a contemporary style. These can be used as a feature for your garden or patio so that you can relax while enjoying the outdoors.  Consider your outdoor furniture, you want it to blend in well. Perhaps add a touch of class with frosted glass tables and a stylish patio umbrella.

There are many options available including different styles of materials for the roof construction as well as different heights of pergolas.  This type of patio awning is perfect if you’re looking for something modern. 

patio awnings for small walkways

Awning Warehouse’s adapted patio awnings for wall or entrance

The first step of creating a beautiful and inviting entrance to the home is by using a mounted cover. You can choose one that fits the style of your home, by using the same material and colour palette. One such example is our adapted patio awning with the roof! 

Furthermore, the awning material offers an elegant touch to any entrance way, as well as providing shelter for those who enter or exit through on rainy days. It provides beautiful curb appeal and will be sure to impress your guests, family members, friends – everyone!  This particular model features a high roof that prevents rain from dripping onto those below. 

Awning Warehouse Sun Protection Patios

The family can be outside all day without the need of sunscreen – outdoor shade, all day long! The retractable awning offers protection from the sun and rain. It is a versatile structure that can be used for an outdoor dining space, play area or sitting area.

Deck Awnings: The Ultimate Outdoor Living Solution

If you’re looking to make the most of your outdoor space, a purpose built UV protection awning with an adjustable louvre is the right choice for you. An option to always consider is the daylight in corelation to the house and how far you want to extend to protect your deck, terrace, or backyard. Waterproof and resistant to all seasons, this awning has everything that an avid outdoors person could ever want! 

Awning Warehouse offers a wide variety of Patio Awnings with roof systems at affordable prices. Contact us today to get started on building your perfect outdoor living area! 

Outdoor patio ceiling panels for an insulated awning

A well-designed covered patio will not only increase the amount of time you spend outside but will also extend your living area, adding value to your property. With the help of roofing specialists, such as Awning Warehouse, you can bring the outdoors inside your home by creating a covered patio ceiling extension that remains insulated from all weather conditions.

Awning Warehouse will take into consideration:

  1.   Your budget
  2.   The architectural style of your home
  3.   The location of the outdoor living area
  4.   The size and scale of the patio and its insulated roof
  5.   The orientation of the patio to the sun

The insulated roof panel system

Awning Warehouse has recently added a new generation insulated roof panel system to its armoury of roofing solution products. With the use of integrated ceiling sheets, customers can enjoy years of outdoor living guaranteed with a 10-year manufacturer’s warranty. This system is cost-efficient, aesthetically pleasing, provides shelter and energy savings. Its built-in insulation properties and durability offer the ultimate in outdoor living techno-advancements.

Adding to the attraction of this insulated roof panel system is that it can be designed to integrate lighting and overhead fans. This allows the outdoor living area to be transformed into a night-time entertainment space. Its incredible insulation properties also enable great flexibility with design, such as including outdoor seating areas at permanent fixtures.

The benefits of an outdoor insulated roof panelled entertainment area are numerous. Apart from energy efficiency which keeps the area cool in summer and warm in winter, it also offers great health advantages by reducing condensation, damp and mould. Another benefit is that these insulated roofing sheets are quick and easy to install, reducing the cost of labour. The panelled sheets are offered in a variety of colours to match the aesthetics of the property.

Why not invest in a patio ceiling today? Or are you interested in other awning products?

What is a covered patio called?

A covered patio is also known as a pergola. Awning Warehouse offers retractable pergola roofs that can be erected over decks, patios and porches. One of the best outdoor covered patio roofing solutions is a retractable system. With the push of a button, the patio awning is extended or retracted across the living space.

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