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A veranda under my roof

New room to live, the veranda announces itself as the flagship product of these next years. With 80,000 new constructions a year in our country, these winter fairs are a resounding success. Glued in the living room, the dining room or the kitchen, the verandas are warm and friendly rooms. To help you design the veranda of your dreams, HandymanDuDimanche invites you to discover the entire range.

The legislation

If your veranda is more than twenty square meters, the law requires a building permit. If it is smaller, you will still have to make a declaration of work. In addition, the by-laws of some subdivisions prohibit the construction of verandas. We invite you to consider these questions before embarking on your project.

The structure

Wooden verandas

Aluminum, wood, PVC or wrought iron, in terms of chassis, the choice is not lacking.

Lightweight and resistant, aluminum, used in 90% of building sites is THE star material of verandas. Easy to clean and maintain, it comes in many colors. Its disadvantages: a lack of authenticity coupled with a high price and a fairly weak insulation.

PVC, insulating and modular at will displays the lowest market prices. It prevents condensation and makes you save energy. If maintenance is easy, regret that it is fragile and does not repair, which tends to reduce its life.

Traditional and warm, wood offers many benefits. Excellent acoustic and thermal insulation, it invites us to relax and reverie by creating a special atmosphere. Aesthetic but also strong and durable it adapts to all types of houses and roofs. His only fault, binding and regular maintenance.

Wrought iron, timeless and prestigious is THE high-end material of the verandas.

Steel, aesthetic and workable allows all fantasies and supports very large canopies. It remains the most exposed to corrosion even though there are many treatment products. Highly conductive it offers poor quality insulation despite very high prices.

The roof

Despite their undeniable aesthetic appearance, glass roofs are not what's best for your lanai. Their excessive weight demands a particularly robust supporting structure and they quickly transform the room into a real furnace. Insulators, polycarbonate panels filter the light in summer while keeping the heat in winter, without doubt is why they are the most used. Translucent and not transparent it does not claim the obliging and regular maintenance imposed by the glass. Opaque, solid panels prevent the sun from passing, which guarantees freshness in summer but deprives you of brightness. As for glazing, it is better to prefer double to single to not end up in a roaster.

The orientation

The orientation

Once your porch is chosen, it must be placed in the right place. This is the use you want to make that will determine the location of your new room without forgetting to take into account the geographical location of your home. South facing, you can enjoy your veranda at the slightest ray of the sun, but the heat may be quickly unbearable during sunny days, especially if you live in a very sunny area. A south / east installation, you will capture the sun without stifling in summer. For a steady light and without heat, go for the north full, ideal exhibition for artists' studios.

Before you start building, HandymanDuanche advises you to think about the additional costs, such as heating or blinds that are sometimes essential but often explode the budget.

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