Finding ways of fully utilizing the outdoor space that you have surrounding your property is a great way of effectively increasing the amount of living space that you have without having to fork out huge sums of money. For instance covered patio areas, with louvered pergolas for backyard, are a great way of naturally extending a property, thus increasing the overall value of it.
However, if you add a patio and do not include some form of protection or shade from the sun and other weather elements, it can totally defeat the purpose of having it, because as soon as it gets too sunny or there is a slight bit of wind or rain, you will simply find yourself heading back indoors and not truly making the most of the space.
In order to be able to enjoy the space all year round, it is important to add some sort of overhead covering or roof to a patio area. A popular choice of roof is a louvre system, as not only do they protect from the weather elements but also help to keep the area well shaded. Implementing such a system will help to make the space much more enjoyable and really turn it into an extension of your home.
What Are Louvered Roofs?
Louvered roofs have lots of openings in the form of horizontal slats. They have the functionality to be closed or turned to an angle in any direction in order to provide protection from the sun and various weather elements. To some extent, this type of roof also reduces the amount of noise that you are exposed to whilst sitting under the pergola.
The slats that make up a louvered roof can be made up of a variety of different materials, including metal, wood, aluminum, and glass, with each of these creating different effects.
However, the greatest flexibility of a louvered roof lies in the fact that it provides homeowners with total and complete control over the outdoor space that they have. For instance, when the horizontal slats are fully closed, they provide the greatest level of protection and shade from the outside, whereas when they are partially closed or angled, they filter out some of the sunlight and weather elements, whilst at the same time allowing air to freely flow through. There are no other pergola roofs that are as functional as this.
Why You Should have A Louvered Roof
Having a louvered roof on your pergola or patio area does not only look good, but there are actually a number of benefits to opting for this type of overhead covering. For instance, a louvered roof…
- Provides protection from the weather – when bad weather strikes, it usually means that you have to make your way indoors and are no longer able to use your outdoor space. However, with a louvered roof in place, it means that when it does get too hot or too rainy, you can simply close the slats and get full protection, thus allowing you to spend longer periods outside, even during those months where the weather is not too good.
- Is energy efficient – because a louvered roof provides a good amount of thermal insulation, it means that less heating of the area that it is covering is required during the winter months. The same is true for cooling during the summer months. As a result, it means that you have to use less energy over the course of the year and the cost of your energy bills comes right down.
- Can be automatically controlled – some louvered roofs can be set up in a way that allows them to be controlled via a remote control. With this level of functionality, you can perfectly align the slats to the exact position that you need with relative ease. Rather than a remote control, these types of roofs can be connected up to smart controls, such as an Amazon Alexa, or have sensors put onto them so that as soon as they notice any rain, they automatically close up – even if you are not sitting underneath it.
- Is easy to customize – because of how customisable and flexible louvered roofs are, they can be incorporated into pretty much any outdoor structure that is freestanding and not just pergolas. When added to a home extension, a louvered roof really does have the potential to make an outdoor space feel like it is part of the inside of your home. With the slats of a louvered roof being so able to change and switch between, it means that you can find a style that is perfect for the style of your property, no matter how old or new it is.
Installing And Maintaining A Louvered Roof
When done by a professional company that knows what they are doing, the process of installing a louvered roof is a pretty quick and easy one, and should only take between one and two days to complete. This is of course dependent on the size of the structure being erected.
Once the roof has been installed, maintenance is something that is both quick and easy to do. When it comes to cleaning the slats of the roof, this should be done with either a brush that has soft bristles or with a garden hose. There are no hard or fast rules about how often this needs to be done, just keep an eye on the roof until you can visibly see that it is dirty or there is debris on it.
The Cost Of A Louvered Roof
As far as how much it costs to install a louvered roof in your outdoor space, this very much depends on the material being used, any accessories that are being added to it, such as lighting, fans, and heaters, as well as the size of the area that the roof is being used to cover. The bigger the square footage, the more the louvered roof is going to cost to be installed. When thinking about the cost, remember that a louvered roof is a permanent structure that will last for many years.
Published on HOLR Magazine