Choosing The Perfect Lining For Your Alfresco
When deciding on the design of your alfresco, one of the most important decisions to make is choosing the material to line the ceiling. The ceiling is just as important as the flooring, helping you to complete the overall look. Choosing the right ceiling lining material for your project will depend on a number of factors – the first of those being the direction the alfresco faces.
If the alfresco faces north, it will typically enjoy the sun throughout the day. If it faces west, it will get sun from midday onwards. However, if the alfresco faces south or east, it won’t receive as much light. For north and west-facing alfrescos, think about creating a space that provides the maximum amount of shade. Unlike a white ceiling, a cedar roof is dark and would minimise the amount of sun reflecting into the alfresco and keep it cooler. If your alfresco faces south or east, we recommend making the most of the light you have. A white ceiling will reflect sunlight better than a cedar ceiling, helping to create a brighter, lighter area beneath the alfresco.
Your choice will also depend on the design of the roof. If you’re trying to maximise the light in your alfresco and you have a flat roof, a white ceiling is likely your best option. However, if you have plenty of light and a pitched or gabled roof, cedar may be a good choice. You also need to consider how the floor and design features work together. If you have timber decking, a cedar ceiling might add too much timber in one area. If you need some advice or inspiration about your ceiling material choice, speak to the Patio Living team today.