Trouble choosing material for new deck roof
Well, the structure has been done for a couple weeks but we still can't decide on what to cover it with. Here are a couple pics, we have some roof samples up and aren't quite happy with any of them. The bracing is still on, it won't come off until the roof is on and the railings are built.
I want a cover that will give protection from rain in the winter, and sun in the summer without being too dark. After weeks of research I'm not sure such a thing exists. The options I have found are metal - which I think will be too dark. Solar gray polycarbonate - we put some samples up and like the look but feel that it doesn't cast enough shade, I still feel like I need a hat or sunglasses sitting underneath it. Solar control silver polycarbonate is another option, but because it is so new I haven't found any testimonials from people who have used it and liked it, and the few pictures I was able to find of it in use made me think I wouldn't like the way it looked. We have a color sample coming in the mail, but I'm not sure that a 2" square will give me a good enough idea.
I'm also starting to think that something that gives enough shade during the heat of summer might be too dark during the gloom of winter, and maybe clear or gray poly with a shade sail that can be put up and taken down might be the best option.
Any thoughts or advice will be greatly appreciated!