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What is a Verandah?

9th June, 2016

Throughout the country’s history there have been songs written about the Australian tradition of sitting on a ‘verandah’, enjoying a cool drink in the shade, watching the summer storms rolling in, or where in the house this area is located. According to the classic song ‘Home Among the Gum Trees’ the verandah is located at the front of the house, but it isn’t clear about what a verandah actually is. With the many different terms for these outdoor resting places – the classic patio, pergola or verandah – it’s a good idea to get clear about it, especially if we are looking to install one on our own property.


The word veranda or verandah, comes from the Portugese word ‘varanda’, which refers to a roofed, open air deck space, which is usually attached to one side of the house, often with a railing along the outer side to prevent people from missing their step and falling off the side. It has been a popular architectural addition to Australian homes since the 1850’s, allowing for the occupants to utilise this space to enjoy the wonderful outdoors from the comfort of their home.


All varieties of structures in the Stratco Outback range can be utilised as either a patio, carport or veranda, depending on the intended use for the space. A Stratco Verandah is made to withstand the changing Australian climate, from strong, tensile steel with all brackets and fittings galvanised for extra strength and to increase the life span of the structure. If you are looking for a new verandah Brisbane area, the addition of a Stratco product is an investment in quality, with a 15 year structural warranty (conditions apply) when installed by an Authorised Stratco Dealer such as Hats 4 Houses.

Dont get confused between a verandah and a pergola

They are not the same!

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