Louvered pergolas are a great way to add shade and style to your outdoor space. The motorized roof system is ideal for patios, decks, and other areas where you want to create a shaded area for relaxation or entertaining.

You can enjoy complete control over your outdoor space with remote-controlled adjustments of the slats. Here is a detailed take on seven frequently asked questions about modern smart pergolas:

What Is A Smart Louvered Pergola?

A smart louvered pergola is an adjustable patio or deck roof system with motorized slats. You can open, angle, or close the louver slats with a remote control. The quiet motors allow you to create your ideal outdoor experience, enjoying the sunshine or shadows.

Quick, Motorized Adjustments

Louvered roofs allow you to respond to changing weather conditions. Modern smart pergolas can operate from zero to 150 degrees, giving you complete control over your environment. You can adjust the angle of the slats to determine the right amount of sunlight or ventilation to allow into your space.

Open louvered roof upward view

Customized Roof System

Smart louvered pergolas are typically made to measure. You can retrofit to an existing building or create a free-standing structure. You can choose from a variety of color choices and include accessories such as:

  • Accent lighting
  • Retracting solar shades
  • Ceiling fans
  • Outdoor sound systems
  • Outdoor heating and cooling

You can work out the customization requirements with your louvered roof installer.

motorized pergola with customized LED lights

Are Louvered Roofs Worth It?

Smart louvered pergolas offer more than just visual appeal and shelter from the elements. The fashionable roof systems are extremely durable, making them worth the investment.

Low Maintenance Needs And Other Benefits

Smart Pergola installations are low maintenance, requiring an occasional spray of water to clean them. Here are other benefits that make the investment worth it:

  • Better temperature, light, and ventilation control for your outdoor space
  • Convenient adjustments with a press of a button
  • Fast waterproof motors
  • Extreme versatility during installations: patios, decks, courtyards, outdoor kitchens, or fire pits
  • Extended outdoor times throughout the different seasons

High-quality components, smart tech, and myriad customization options make the louvered roof system worth the investment.

High-Quality Aluminum Construction

Most manufacturers engineer motorized pergolas with extruded aluminum components. The high-tensile strength of the parts makes them more durable than other louver construction materials.

The exterior powder coating protects the installation from UV rays, hard water, and rust. Your smart, retractable roof can remain resistant to oxidation and deterioration.

Experts indicate that a well-maintained louvered roof can offer more than two decades of shading. This is significantly higher than the seven to ten years lifespan for patio awnings.

Are Louvered Roofs Waterproof?

The slats of motorized louvered roofs are splash-proof when closed. Advanced pergola installations have rubber gaskets that seal when the louvers close. The tall vertical sides prevent rainwater from sipping in, keeping your patio dry.

Large Gutter System

Modern smart pergolas have huge gutter systems that drain the rainwater away toward the beams with downspouts. Large gutters can improve water flow during heavy downpours.

The louvered roof systems are rainproof under normal conditions. Storms with strong winds may force in a small amount of water. The design of the louver slats allows the water to trickle to the sides when you open the blades after rain showers.

Can You Put A Louvered Roof On An Existing Pergola?

Yes, you can retrofit your smart pergola to an existing structure. You can convert your once, static wooden pergola into a flexible patio roof with a motorized open-close system. However, slight modifications to your business or home outdoors may be necessary.

Smart pergola installers may need to inspect the existing structure to ensure it can hold out the weight of the new louvered roof. County code requirements may also come into play.

The Process of Attaching A Louvered Roof on An Existing Pergola

Subject to local ordinances and your personal preferences, the installers can surface mount the beams or seamlessly integrate the pergola with existing walls and beams. The variety of colors allows you to complement the louvered roof to your exteriors.

Straight walls without ‘bump outs’ make installing the louvered roof system easier. Depending on local building codes, you can use structural supports on your walls, such as studs, to anchor your louvered roof firmly.

With most components custom manufactured for your project, you can adjust the dimensions of your pergola to fit with a tenth of a millimeter of your existing wooden structure. Visit our YouTube channel for installation instructions on various parts of the motorized louvered roofs.

Are Louvered Roofs Noisy?

The level of reflective noise generated as raindrops hit louvered roofs is subjective and depends on the storm size. Some people find the sound of the rain showers hitting the aluminum soothing, while others may find it distracting.

The decibel levels on aluminum louvered roofs are approximately 50 decibels (dB). However, the noise could creep gradually to 55 decibels. To put it in perspective, sounds produced during normal conversations are approximately 55-60 dB.

Insulation Can Help Reduce The Noise

The sounds produced by the rain showers on your smart pergola will not cause any damage to your ears. Composite louvers may prove better soundproofing than their metal counterparts.

You can also request an advanced pergola with insulated interior slats that can reduce the impact of noise from the rain. Integrated gutters underneath can also muffle the sounds as the water rushes sideways to the downspouts.

How Much Do Louvers Cost?

The final cost of your smart pergola installation depends on several factors. These factors include:

  • Size of the Louver roof: Most manufacturers provide quotes in a per-square-foot format. Generally, the larger the size of your smart patio roof, the higher the construction costs you may incur.
  • Strength and Quality of Materials: Depending on your location, the pergola roof may have to withstand exceptional snow loads or large amounts of water during heavy downpours. Reinforcing your beams and blade designs can significantly push up the costs for other brands. However, Sundance Louvered Roofs are already designed to withstand strong winds, rain, and heavy snow.
  • Customization: The level of customization you wish to have may also affect the final cost. Accessories such as heating and cooling systems, glass sliding panels, audio systems, ambient lighting, and gutter screens can increase the cost of construction.

Where Can I Get A Louvered Roof Pergola?

The Sundance Louvered Roof is a customized pergola that can fit any location. You can customize your outdoors with four RAL colors; white, adobe, bronze, and black. The installation supports various custom accessories, including lighting, music, heating, gutter screens, and glass sliding panels. You can configure the louvered roof to match your taste. You can control your environment with a remote-controlled system, commanding up to 16 bays. You can opt for an in-wall remote or a hardwired switch to adjust the angles of your blades.

Contact Sundance Louvered Roofs today to find out more about our products and get a free estimate for your project.