Melbourne’s climate isn’t exactly what you’d call consistent. In one day, you’re likely to experience some light rain, then beating sunshine and, if you’re really lucky, a few bitter winds winding their way up from the Antarctic Circle via Tasmania. Thanks to its position on the southern edge of the Australian continent, Melbourne’s weather is characteristically highly variable, and for a long time locals simply had to get used to it. Packing outfits for three different seasons in their backpacks or handbags every day is part of life here! This, however, no longer has to be the case, as recent developments in retractable roof technology allow you to transform your outdoor space into a sheltered environment so you can choose whether you’d like to spend your day in the sunshine or relax in the shade.
The Retractable Roof
Retractable roof systems generally all work the same way, but the specifics of their design and assembly vary between environments. No two outdoor spaces are created exactly alike. The best retractable roof companies don’t try to provide a one-size-fits-all service that will force you to compromise your needs. They know that your outdoor space is unique, just like you, and the retractable roof will need to suit the contours and space available in the existing area. A retractable roof tailor-made to suit your outdoor area will provide you with a comfortable, easy-to-use roofing system that is customised for your own personal needs. That means the retractable roof system needs to be architecturally designed to match not only the lines and shapes of your outdoor area, but to suit the colour scheme as well. The system should be easily adaptable, capable of installation on existing timber or aluminium structures. If you’ve no extant structures to install your retractable roof on, you should be able to build the roof as its own free-standing structure. Like a good suit, a retractable roof should always be tailored to the unique shape of the space it’s meant to occupy. This is the best reason to go with a retractable roof service that will customise their services to suit your space.
Durability is King
When you’re choosing your retractable roof system, you need to take a few things into consideration. First of all, since the roof system will constantly be outdoors, enduring the pressures of the Australian sun as well as violent, destructive Victorian storms, you need the roof and its attached systems to be as durable as possible. All the components of the retractable roof must be made of the highest quality materials, capable of withstanding the ongoing battle with nature that all Australian exteriors must endure. Long-lasting materials and superior building quality generally afford you peace of mind when it comes to the lifespan of your retractable roof, but of equal importance is the ability of the roof to protect its covered area against both ultraviolet rays and heat. The roof material should be UV and heat protected in order to shelter the shaded area and help you to avoid dehydration, sunburn and the other health issues associated with overexposure to the sun.