Keys to a well done veranda


In this glazed space, the feeling of immersion in the garden is total. On the roof, combination of glazed and opaque panels. Vérancial.


Usually traditional, the veranda is modernized and now offers a range of styles. Better designed, it is of incomparable comfort. It also offers a lot of brightness even in winter. Here are some tips for building the porch of your dreams.

The veranda has finally ceased to be this volume open to everything, hot in summer and icy in winter. Allowing to enlarge the living space while embellishing it, this real room must be comfortable in all seasons. Better designed, manufactured with more care, smaller also, the verandas constitute today an authentic added-value patrimonial.

Comfort first

Well regulated temperature, healthy air, pleasant brightness and acoustic comfort, even in rainy weather: you want to feel good in your veranda. It will be necessary, however, to contact a specialist who will help you throughout the project. Shape, orientation, mode of heating, ventilation, materials ... Your verandalist will formulate her recommendations only after having made a complete diagnosis taking into account your desires and the existing constraints. Each project is unique and depends on the use for which you intend your extension: kitchen? Living room ? Will the veranda be open on the house? In this case, it will bring light to a room that may not have it. But it will take care of the insulation and maybe even extend the heating system, unless ... you think it "bioclimatic".

Indeed, to take advantage of free solar gain and air circulation, the orientation of the veranda is very important. With a south-facing facade, the sun's rays generally allow, in winter and mid-season, to heat not only the veranda but also the rest of the house. It will be necessary, in the evening, to close the doors separating it from the living room and the shutters to avoid the cooling. The optimal orientation saves heating and does not require air conditioning. For even more efficiency, think motorization (shutters, opening, etc.) and connected home automation.

For more comfort, Storistes de France equips the verandahs and their roof with a Veraflex awning.

Storists from France

In this glazed space, the feeling of immersion in the garden is total. On the roof, combination of glazed and opaque panels. Vérancial.


Do not neglect the ventilation

Whether natural or mechanical, it regulates the temperature, prevents condensation and ensures a renewed and healthy air. The principle ? Inlets, at the bottom, let in fresh air while exits at the top, expel hot air. In mechanical version (VMC), the ventilation is triggered, even in your absence, depending on the indoor temperature and humidity.

The quality of double glazing is another important point

Today, almost all aluminum joinery is thermal break (the opening and the frame are connected by insulating bars that are barrier to heat exchange). But it is with the choice of glass that you can score points. Choose a glazing with reinforced thermal insulation (VIR): more insulating, it eliminates the phenomenon cold wall and reduces condensation. For skylights and roofs, think of solar control glass that lets in much less solar heat (about 20% compared to 76% for ordinary double glazing). The functions of a glazing can be combined: solar control, burglar-proof, self-cleaning, acoustic ... These options have a cost, but you will gain in comfort.

And also, the sound of rain

Much less romantic than we think, the sound of rain on the roof of the veranda can become a real nuisance. With new roof panels called "acoustic" or reinforced sound insulation, this disadvantage tends to disappear.

An extra room with the veranda

At a time when, for financial reasons, it becomes complicated to move, expanding his home is an increasingly popular solution for homeowners. When the need for an extra room is felt, the veranda is an excellent choice: much more comfortable than formerly, it deserves today title of room to live. But the professionals went further by creating the concept of "veranda extension" (turnkey) whose first advantage is to have only one interlocutor. All these installations, whatever the manufacturers, have points in common:
• a contemporary aesthetic with a flat roof to fit easily into any type of building, including low-rise homes;
• excellent thermal and sound insulation, both for roofing (multilayer and mineral wool complex, for the most efficient) and glazing (low emissivity);
• scalability: some equipment can be added later (sunshade, pergola ...);
• large openings associated with flush thresholds, facilitating in-out circulation. Combining space, comfort and brightness, the veranda extension is the ultimate. It modernizes and enhances your home. The roof combines opaque walls (very well insulated) and skylights, for a very warm atmosphere.

Style case

Wood, aluminum? Old style, winter garden style? Modern flat roof? Today, almost all styles, colors and materials are allowed. In order to avoid mistakes of taste, what is imperative to succeed is the integration at home, the consistency of volumes and colors. A suitable veranda will harmonize with the facade of the house, its height, the color of the joinery, the cover. Both roofs must not come into visual conflict with each other. The set must remain clear and legible. The experience of your verandalist will be precious to you. First, he knows the characteristics and colors of your area and any bans. But it will also guide you to a very contemporary form that will harmonize with your home, even old.

Today, we see many models of veranda flat roof, very "archi", which integrate very well with any type of habitat. To ensure perfect insulation and imperviousness, they require, due to the flat roof, a very rigorous implementation. The verandalist will also advise you on the layout most suited to the shape of your home: support, spur or recessed, for example. Among the many styles, two are timeless of great elegance:
• the workshop conservatory, with clean, straight lines and narrow glazing, in reference to the metal profiles of the 19th century factories and workshops. Aluminum, whose profiles are now very thin, replaces steel. To evoke the industrial style, prefer the dark hues and play on the finishes (grained or weathered aluminum).
• Victorian verandah, heir to greenhouses and winter gardens. It is recognized by its decorated spandrels (solid panels between the floor and the glass walls), its radiant roof, its moldings and decorative elements. The smoothness of steel suits him well, but it is now also found in aluminum.

The quality of the pose is essential in the success of your project. Choose a qualified professional near you. Side Berries.

Bays side

And also, the return of the wood in the veranda

The wood brings to the veranda cachet and heat, as well as undeniable technical qualities: its thermal and acoustic performances, in particular, are exceptional. Used in framework, it will be able to support a traditional cover (slates or tiles), associated or not with big wells of light. However, you will need regular maintenance.

Choose your verandalist

A veranda is a technical equipment. Foundations, waterproofing, insulation, ventilation, resistance of the structure to heavy windows ... nothing should be left to chance, at the risk of paying dearly in terms of comfort. The choice of the installer is therefore essential. Privilege a professional near you. Check out the websites, visit the showrooms, watch the living rooms, the open days. Ask to visit achievements. Make several quotes and compare them. Demand a qualified Qualibat professional. It is a pledge of experience and technical skills. Check that this professional offers 3D simulation, with dimensions and constraints. This overview of the project will avoid unpleasant surprises, by setting a common reference. This is also an imperative if you have to apply for a building permit. Some simulation software allows the integration, in this virtual veranda, of a photo of your house and the installation of furniture.

Building a porch: with or without a permit?

Before committing yourself, consult the local urban plan (PLU) of your municipality or its land use plan (POS). Check that the floor occupancy factor (COS) allows an enlargement. For porches of less than 20 m2, a preliminary declaration of work is sufficient. Between 20 and 40 m2, it depends on the total surface of the house after enlargement. If it is larger than 170 m2, you will need an architect and request a building permit. Same thing if your veranda is more than 40 m2. The instruction period in case of prior declaration is on average one month. It is increased to two months for a building permit. If you live in an area that requires the agreement of the architect of the buildings of France (ABF), count a good month more. There are exceptions to this general rule and very many special cases: municipalities with specific constraints, subdivision regulations, etc. Always ask your town hall.

This double slope and overhang veranda is equipped with an insulation blanket iso-plus-silence for a comfortable living. Veranco.