Adding Value to Your Home: Build a Bullnose Verandah!

Bullnose roofing is a traditional verandah design that finishes off a home beautifully and adds great aesthetic value. Bullnose roofing is widely used in regional areas and is also found in Australian capital cities on terrace houses and is still seen extensively throughout inner city suburbs.

Bullnose verandahs are joined directly to the exterior of your home and generally run along the length of the house. They can be built at the time the house is built, or added on later. The width of your verandah is only limited by the room that you have available, and can come as wide as five and a half metres or as slim as just over one metre.

The traditional cover for a bullnose verandah is curved iron and can come in a wide range of colors to suit your home’s other features. A colorbond verandah roof can freshen up older properties, giving them a new lease on life for a low investment.

A bullnose verandah has excellent cooling properties. In times past, instead of air-conditioners, homes were built with a verandah all the way around to keep the heat out. Even putting a verandah on one side of your home will have immediate benefits to the interior temperature of the rooms behind it and will save you money on air-conditioning costs. With electricity prices set to rise, a verandah is a much more sustainable option.

Tips for choosing a bullnose verandah:

  • Make sure you have adequate height for a bullnose verandah – The minimum height, on average, at the house is 2700mm for a full bullnose roof or 2400mm for a half bullnose roof. Factors such as the width of the verandah (the wider it is, the more hight you need) and the deck material will impact on the height required. We recommend that you seek advice for your individual circumstances.
  • Use the recommended bullnose rafter spacing – Ensure that you use the recommended spacing for the bullnose rafters, as they support the curved iron. No support for the iron can result in a sagging roof.
  • DIY verandah kit or have it built by someone else? – Some manufacturers can provide you with a complete verandah kit, providing you with everything you’ll need to build it. This can help keep costs down if you’re good with a hammer.
  • Finish your verandah off with decorative timber components – Nothing finishes a verandah off like decorative timber brackets at the corner of the verandah posts. Similarly, installing frieze or balustrading, if the verandah decking is raised, completes the look of the verandah as well as keeping children safe from a drop.
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