6 innovative covered walkway styles from around the world

Covered walkways are not only a practical addition to a property, they are now considered a trend. In the UK, our commonly rainy climate means we are fairly limited in our options. However, around the world, where weather conditions are more varied, some of the examples of covered walkways are impressively innovative. Here we discuss a few examples:

1. Providing shade

In modern homes that are situated in and around deserts, covered walkways are manufactured from rusted-steel and wood. Many examples are fitted to shade the entry courtyards, providing much-needed protection from the sun’s rays. Designed using slats, they have to be placed in a way that blocks a lot of sunlight, meaning they can be game-changing in hot climates.

Sail shades

It is possible to use sail shades in the UK; however, they are found more commonly throughout the world. Many hotels and resorts make use of sail shades to protect people while they are sunbathing in the hot temperatures. They are also commonly used in more modern desert homes. This is because while they are effective in blocking out the sun, they also add a unique style that is only just becoming a trend.

2. Beachside

Many seaside homes in places such as Northern California offer a bright and airy alternative to walkways that are used to provide shade. These walkways are designed using translucent corrugated fibreglass, which successfully protects people from the sun while still letting some light pass. These panels are shatter-resistant and strong, meaning they fare well in the hot Californian climate.

3. Corrugated fibreglass and steel

Another country that makes use of corrugated fibreglass is Australia. Older homes can be renovated to look much more modern with the addition of a walkway made of steel posts. These materials are also useful for protection against the Australian climate, which is constantly changing and can reach drastic extremes.

4. Tropical wood

If you’ve visited a place like Costa Rica, you might have noticed a covered walkway made from tropical wood. These artfully look like they are floating above the ground, and are panelled with teak. Teak requires low maintenance and is rich and durable.

5. Glass ceilings

For places looking to artfully fuse the modern with the traditional, glass-covered walkways do the trick. Near Montana’s Snake River, you’ll find many glass-covered walkways spanning structures between homes, which gives it a unique greenhouse-type look.

6. Stucco

The most modern homes in the world pride themselves on their grand entryways, drawing a striking contrast between the street and the house. Many of these walkways look more like a bridge with impressive black steel posts supporting the canopy. While these look good, they are also productive and tend to be found in places that have a lot of sun and seasonal storms, such as Phoenix.

You’ll also find Stucco walkways in a classic Spanish Colonial house. Here, they tend to serve as an outdoor hallway, offering a grand entrance into the house. They also tend to enhance a large open space, meaning air can continue to circulate while the walkway still provides shade to the area.

For advice on how to create an innovative covered walkway for your property, get in touch with us.