Patio FAQs

  • How long will it take for my patio to be built?

    Usually from initial go ahead we require a $500 deposit. This covers the cost of creating your Patio design drawn up to council recommendations, the engineer’s drawings and council approval costs.

    From there we expect councils to take between 4–6 weeks to approve your design. Once approved, we then schedule your job in to be completed within 2–3 weeks depending on scheduling.

  • How far can I span between the posts?

    According to our engineer’s specifications our largest span is 6.5 metres using a 150mm x 50mm RHS (rectangular hollow section) tube.

  • What materials do you use?

    We only use Australian made quality materials such as Australian Bluescope galvanised steel for our framework. All of our trusses and special beams are fully welded.

    For our roof sheeting, guttering and flashings we use Colorbond products made for the tough Australian climate. And, if you choose polycarbonate sheeting, we only use the best Suntuf products.

    By choosing Sheppard Steel you can be assured of our quality and the longevity of our products.

  • How close am I allowed to go to my boundary fence?

    As per council regulations, you are allowed to go up to 1/2 metre (500mm) from your boundary fence. We can put posts along your fence line, but the sheeting will need to stop at 500mm off the fence.

  • Can I view your patio designs?

    Yes, we have a display at Aqua Technics in Joondalup, with more displays to come. We also have many photos of our completed jobs on our Facebook page – Sheppard Steel Patios and here on our website.

    We pride ourselves on our quality workmanship and giving you a superior outdoor oasis.

  • Will my new patio effect my house guttering system?

    No, all of our flat patios have their own guttering system ensuring water flows efficiently down your patio downpipes.

    All our Gable patios have a large box gutter installed and we ensure all water runs efficiently away from your house guttering system.

  • Does my patio need approval?

    Maybe. If your patio is free standing and is less than 10 or 12 square meters (depending on your council) and is under 2.4 metres in height, it will not require council approval.

    All other patios will require approval.

  • How long will my patio last?

    With regular maintenance you can be enjoying your patio for many years to come. We recommend quarterly cleaning of your patio to remove any built-up grime, dust and salts that may lead to future damage.

    Use warm soapy water and a soft brush to help keep your patio area spick and span.

  • I live near the ocean, what are your patio recommendations?

    For properties that are within a kilometre of the ocean, we recommend hot drip galvanised posts, finished with a two-step two-pack painted top coat.

  • How much will my patio cost?

    Our pricing system is very competitive. We try to keep your patio cost down to a minimal price while still ensuring we offer you the best product. We will happily compare quote prices, but we do not skimp on materials and only span to engineers’ recommendations.

    Please contact us if you would like more information regarding your quote.

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