The Scoop on Louvered Roofs – Pricing, Pros/Cons & Options
At Ace of Decks, we understand that creating an outdoor living space that is available and ready to use can be the difference between spending time outside and not. Whether you are looking to enhance an existing space or start from scratch, we understand the value a Louvered Roof can bring to you and your loved ones. Building an outdoor living space that resonates with your home and feels like it was made for you is important to us. We have broken down all you need to know about Louvered Roofs in order for you to feel confident when adding louvered roof systems to your outdoor living space.
The Pros and Cons within Louvered Roofs
When making a significant purchase, oftentimes you want to know the good, the bad, and the ugly to make a proper decision. Louvered Roofs certainly have their perks, but they can also have their downsides. Let’s dive into the pros and cons!
Louvered Roofs offer a one-of-a-kind convenience that no other outdoor structure can provide. On a nice sunny day, you can enjoy a partially shaded space like a pergola, and on a rainy day, you can still enjoy your space by closing the louvers and spending time outside watching the rainfall. Take a look at the following video to see them in action!
One of the best features of the Louvered Roof systems is the flexibility to design them to fit your needs. In most cases, a square or rectangular Louvered Roof system may work perfectly for your space. At Ace of Decks, we often get requests for Louvered Roof systems that are a bit out of the ordinary. If you are concerned about weird shapes or sizes, rest assured that in MOST cases we can make it work!
- Integrated Drainage System:
All of our Louvered Roof systems are manufactured by Suncoast Enclosures and come equipped with integrated gutter systems. In order to keep the space dry and the structure looking nice and sleek, the drainage downspouts can be hidden within the structural posts and directed in the desired direction that works best for your space.
- Low Maintenance & Durable:
We say low maintenance, but that does not mean any maintenance. All pergolas or overhang structures will require some sort of maintenance whether it is staining, power washing, or scrubbing. Louvered Roofs are built with high-quality aluminum and are painted with durable powder-coated paint to avoid the high cost of maintenance. The low maintenance that these systems typically require is cleaning out the gutters, and a good wash every now and then. The amount of necessary cleaning is dependent on the location and exposure to debris. Cleaning is made easy by having the capability of opening the louvers and cleaning from below rather than having to get on top of the roof.
- Generally Quick Installation:
We emphasize “generally” because there are a few factors that may affect the installation timeline such as inspections, out-of-the-ordinary large or oddly shaped structures, increased demand, shipping delays, etc. As a general rule, Louvered Roofs may take anywhere from 3 to 7 days on average to install.
- Smartphone Capabilities:
Like many other daily functions, our Louvered Roofs can be controlled from the convenience of your smartphone. The standard Louvered Roof operates via a handheld remote but it can be upgraded to a smartphone application. Why upgrade? Allowing the smartphone capability means you will never be caught off guard. Whether you are home or away, you can always ensure your space is enclosed and your outdoor furniture and valuables are protected.
Electrical set up for our Louvered Roofs is always quoted separately due to the fact that every house is different. In most cases, existing power at or near the location of the Louvered Roof makes the project much more simple. In other cases, if there is no electricity nearby an electrical supply must be installed. The complexity of the electrical work will determine the cost of hooking up your Louvered Roof to a power supply.
- Gutter Cleaning Maintenance:
Like most low-maintenance structures, a Louvered Roof requires mild upkeep to ensure components function properly and to avoid future problems. Maintenance for a Louvered Roof includes cleaning gutters and occasionally giving the structure a wash. Depending on your location, for example, in areas with more trees or environmental debris you may experience the need to do slightly more maintenance. Cleaning and maintaining a Louvered Roof is made easy by the convenience of having the louvers open and having debris fall through rather than having to climb up on the roof.
When comparing the price of a louvered roof to a traditional pergola the price of a louvered roof will be significantly higher. When working with the most innovative outdoor living system you can expect to pay a higher price than a traditional deck or patio overhang.
- Modifications to an Existing Space:
When adding a Louvered Roof system to an existing outdoor space, it may require a bit more than a simple installation. In most cases, when installing the structure on a paver patio, footings may need to be installed to support the weight and not have it affect your patio. If you are adding a Louvered Roof to a deck, the structure may need reinforcement to support the weight of the new structure. If you’re interested in attaching the structure to the house keep in mind that a window or a vent may be obstructing the installation which will need to be addressed prior to installing the new Louvered Roof system. The needed modifications are addressed case by case and can affect the price of your Louvered Roof system based on the complexity of the modifications that will be required.
How can I enhance my Louvered Roof?
Louvered Roof systems are custom-made based on your space, it is then powder coated once it has been manufactured. Suncoast offers a variety of standard colors to match your space. Can’t find a color you like? Your system can be painted any custom color you choose at an additional cost. Want to mix and match colors? You can do that as well!
- Retractable Screens:
Retractable Screens are the ultimate upgrade to your outdoor living space. The screens can be installed on most overhangs but they integrate flawlessly with a Louvered Roof system because they can be manufactured and designed together to ensure an impeccable fit. At Ace of Decks, we can apply mesh screens for a summer sunroom feel or vinyl screens for a more insulated space in the winter months. Learn more about Retractable Screens and how they can enhance your outdoor living experience!
- Lighting & Fans:
We recommend adding lighting to your space in case your family and friends’ gathering extends into the night! In order to add lighting, fans or recessed heaters you will need to add an accessory beam. If you are considering lighting we recommend installing the beam to have the option in the future if you choose to add lighting.
- Heating and Cooling:
If you’re looking to make the most of your space, consider the idea of adding heaters and cooling misters to control the temperature of your outdoor living space. Often we think of outdoor living spaces to be unusable in extreme temperatures. By combining a Louvered Roof, vinyl Retractable Screens, and heaters you can enjoy your outdoor space during the winter months. On a hot summer day, you can raise the screens, open the louvers and kick on the misters for a cool resort-like experience.
- Sound Systems and TV’s:
Outdoor sound systems and televisions have increasingly become more popular in outdoor living spaces. They can be integrated into your Louvered Roof system which offers cable management to avoid exposed wires.
The Cost of Louvered Roof Systems
One of the most common questions we receive at Ace of Decks is “How much does it cost to install a Louvered Roof?”.
Within any construction project, the price depends on what you are looking for. Are you looking for an all-season Louvered Roof? Are you looking for just a Louvered Roof? Are you looking to have a deck and/or patio installed along with your structure? Will your Louvered Roof be attached to a house or freestanding? Will you be adding accessory beams and additional amenities? All of these questions and features and more will affect the final price of your Louvered Roof.
It is hard to give you a definite number without knowing the specifics of what you want, plus keeping in mind any local cost factors based on your location. Typically, we can say that homeowners often invest anywhere from $100 to $200 per square foot for turn-key packages.
Hopefully, we have been able to answer most of your questions. Ultimately, there is so much more to be said about our Louvered Roof systems however, we’d be here all day!
If there is one thing we hope you took from this article, let it be this: We truly believe Louvered Roofs are designed to create a space to bring your loved ones together. We don’t mean just for a special occasion such as birthday parties or holidays. A Louvered Roof can be the place to create lifelong memories with family and friends. It can be the perfect place to share a glass of wine and enjoy the evening with your significant other. Whatever the occasion may be, a Louvered Roof can provide a place to relax, unwind, and experience life outside like never before.
While we couldn’t express everything we had in our minds, we have said a lot already. If you would like to learn more or see these systems in action please feel free to visit our Louvered Roofs page to retain more insight on the systems. Are you feeling ready to take the next step with a Louvered Roof in your outdoor living space? Click the button below to get in touch with us and request a quote!