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Sun protection for roof terrace - 4 variants presented

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It can be endured on a roof terrace. Only if the sun means it particularly well could it become dangerous without suitable protection. You can find out which variants are available as sun protection for roof terraces here.

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Roof terraces have their own charm. You sit high above the roofs and look out over the city that surrounds you. Especially in summer, a roof terrace invites you to relax and linger. Here you can spend many cozy hours with family, friends and acquaintances. But no matter how beautiful a roof terrace is, in midsummer there are often temperatures that make it almost impossible to use.

In order to be able to enjoy the roof terrace even in high summer, it is essential to install suitable sun protection. So nothing stands in the way of a comfortable stay on the terrace, even in tropical temperatures.

I would like to explain to you exactly what options are available on roof terraces.

4 sun protection options for roof terraces

❖ Awnings as sun protection

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The easiest way to protect yourself from the UV rays of the sun is the awning. These are not only relatively simple to set up, but can also be moved in and out quickly. In addition to protection from the sun, they also offer protection from light rain. In the event of wind, however, awnings should always be retracted.

" Important: If you live in a rented apartment, you have to ask the landlord in advance whether an awning is allowed.

The cost of an awning is very different. On the one hand, it depends on whether you choose an awning with a hand crank or whether the retraction and extension should work electrically. Of course, the second variant costs significantly more, but its functionality is significantly lighter. On the other hand, it also depends on the size of the area to be shaded. The larger the model, the more expensive it is. But be careful - the larger the awning, the larger the area exposed to wind.

" My advice: Especially on roof terraces, it is often the case that the standard dimensions do not fit. If you need it a little more individually, you can order a customized sun protection, e.g. Have it made at markise24.de.

❖ Awning as sun protection

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As a second variant, I would like to introduce you to sun sails. You can also easily use these as sun protection for roof terraces. They are available in different designs and colors, so everyone should find something for their taste. In my opinion, they are optically a nicer alternative to the awnings, but everyone decides for themselves. The only disadvantage compared to awnings, however, is that the awning cannot be retracted and extended electrically.

You need additional stable attachment points to attach awnings. On roof terraces it is advisable to set up a stable mast on which the appropriate sail can be hung.

" Important: Make sure you have adequate UV protection when purchasing. Corresponding models are marked with the note "UV Standard 801". You can read the criteria for textiles receiving this “badge” in the guide from Hohenstein.de.

❖ Parasols as sun protection

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Not to forget the classic parasol. He can also provide sufficient sun protection on a roof terrace. But you should be careful here, because not all parasols are suitable. The normal parasols are often too small, which is why traffic light umbrellas are often used, as they are simply available in much larger sizes. Due to the free arm, these umbrellas offer significantly more space underneath than the parasols with a central mast, but they also have a decisive disadvantage for roof terraces. They offer a large area of ​​attack for wind, which is not well distributed by the side arm. This means that the umbrella could fly over the terrace even at low wind speeds.

So parasols with a central mast are much better, which are not affected by strong wind speeds. The all-weather umbrellas from sunliner.de can, for example, be set up to a wind speed of 84 km / h. They are also absolutely waterproof.

In order to avoid greater damage, you should better close the screen in the absence and strong storm.

❖ Fixed roof construction

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After the possibilities mentioned above, which can be dismantled and put away at any time, I would now like to propose a solid roof construction. Here you have a bit more work to build, but then you have your peace of mind.

However, such a solid construction is only an option for private property and only if it has been approved by building law. You can inquire with the competent authority in your place of residence whether a permit is required and, if so, to what extent. Unfortunately, I cannot make a specific statement here, since the regulations differ depending on the federal state.

If you want to choose a fixed roof as sun protection, you can choose between the materials wood and aluminum. Aluminum is much more weather-resistant, but wood exudes a little more cosiness. The disadvantage compared to aluminum is that wood has to be painted regularly. Polycarbonate sheets are often used as the roof.

Which variant you ultimately choose depends, of course, on the local circumstances. With the right sun protection, there should be nothing standing in the way of cozy and sheltered hours on the roof terrace despite the intense heat.

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