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There are many kinds of outdoor structures that offer shade and protection from the elements so that you can enjoy your garden come rain or shine. A lot of these structures can appear quite similar at first but are actually architecturally quite different. In this post, we will explain the differences between a pergola and a veranda and help you decide which is best suited to your East Midlands home.

So, what is the main difference between a pergola and a veranda?

The main difference between a pergola and a veranda is that a pergola is a freestanding structure that can be built in pretty much any outdoor space providing there is room. A veranda is defined as such by being attached to your home and is usually used to create a luxurious and sheltered outdoor patio area that leads to the open outdoors.

Both verandas and pergolas boast a range of unique performance features, as well as bespoke aesthetics that are suitable for a variety of different properties.

Double Veranda Installation

What can a veranda be used for in UK homes?

Here at Stormclad, our verandas come in a variety of styles and colours and can be incorporated into one of our conservatory designs or standalone on the side of your house. What’s more, verandas are generally considered ‘permitted development rights’ and don’t generally need planning permission.

Whether you’re looking for a sheltered place to fire up the BBQ on those unpredictable British summer days, or protection for your vehicle that boasts elegant kerb appeal; a veranda from Stormclad could be just what your Nottingham home would benefit from.

Some ideas of what you could use a Stormclad veranda for:

  • A sheltered space in your garden to enjoy all year round
  • A carport to protect your vehicle from any weather
  • Somewhere to keep a BBQ and cook under shelter
  • Alfresco dining
  • Somewhere safe to have a children’s play area
  • Somewhere to cover outdoor furniture
  • Almost anything you can imagine!

What are verandas made from?

Our verandas are built from strong and slimline aluminium frames with elegant posts, optional glass roofing and a projection of up to 3.2m. An aluminium veranda not only adds charm to your property but also extends your living space whilst adding value and kerb appeal.

Our aluminium frames can be finished to any BS (British Standards) or RAL colour to suit your decor needs and either blend in with the rest of your home’s style or create a striking bold contrast. Some popular veranda colours include Anthracite Grey, Chartwell Green, Cream, and Black.

We also offer the option of self-cleaning glass and integrated lighting upgrades so you can really personalise your veranda making it bespoke to you.

Features of a Stormclad veranda:

  •  Inherently strong and slimline aluminium structure
  • Choice of self-cleaning glass, standard glass, or structured polycarbonate
  • Extended length up to 3.2m projection
  • Integrated aluminium guttering system to deal with rainwater and drainage problems
  • Integrated LED lighting upgrades are available
  • Decorative post upgrade available


Benefits of having a carport

The stylish modern design of our carport system will truly enhance your building’s aesthetics whilst offering unbeatable structural performance to create a space that will protect your vehicles from the elements.

Just like our verandas, our carports are available in any BS or RAL colour for a huge choice of finish and personalisation options.

There are many options to choose from when deciding on a new carport, so we have created a simple carport guide to help you decide if a carport is for you.

Features of a carport from Stormclad:

  • Durable and stylish aluminium structure
  • 16mm structural polycarbonate roof
  • Extended length up to 4m projection
  • Decorative post upgrade
  • Integrated aluminium guttering system to deal with rainwater and drainage problems

White carport.

How long does a veranda last in the UK?

All of our carports and verandas come with a 10-year guarantee and have a life expectancy of up to 25 years, so you know that you’re completely covered against any future eventuality.

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For more information about our incredible range of options, please feel free to contact us or come visit us at one of our showrooms in the East Midlands. We’d love to hear from you!

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