Planning your outdoor living and deciding which is the best option for your home can get a little confusing. So, we’ve put together the most commonly asked questions from clients , however if you can’t find the information your require please contact us and we can help answer any other queries.
What are the louvers made from?
The ‘Eclipse’ louvers are a one piece aluminium extrusion which are then powder coated for a colour finish.
Each louver has stainless steel pins at each end – the stainless steel combined with the aluminium gives a perfect, durable, long term finish. This is the difference – quality & durability.
As there is both aluminium & stainless steel materials incorporated in the louvers, this can make our outdoor living areas slightly more expensive.
Are the louvers water resistant?
Yes. Once the louvers shut, they lock into each other and create a water barrier, preventing water dripping between the louvers.
The louvers are also constructed with a fall to direct the water away into the gutters & prevent it building up.
What colours are available?
We have a wide variety of colours for you to choose from and match in with your home.
The louvers are powder coated from the ‘Dulux’ powder coat range which has numerous colours available. In the past we have even constructed a patio cover with goldish colour louvers & another with mat black – so the options are nearly endless.
Keep in mind that you would generally select a lighter colour louver as a darker colour will feel too ‘top heavy’. Lighter colours will also help to reflect in natural light.
Other colours to consider are:
Perimeter frame & posts. Colours would depend on your material selection. It could be hardwood timbers, aluminium, Colorbond but to name a few.
Internal gutters – selected from the Colorbond range.
What about the frame?
Louvered patio covers are constructed a little differently to a normal roof sheeted pergola which has the sheets fixed over a framework.
Louvers are constructed with the perimeter frame first, followed by the guttering being inserted inside. The louvers are last. So your frame is more prominent compared to other constructions.
Frame options are effectively endless. Our standard frame options are detailed below, however we’ve worked with builders to create louvers within a PFC to give a more industrial look.
How many ‘bays’ are required?
Whats a ‘bay’ I hear you ask?
The total area of louvers is divided into bays of louvers, as the louvers are only so long & also the motors can only operate so many louvers, so we work out the maths & divide the area up accordingly to suit.
We may also divide the area to enable the louvers to operate in a particular direction or to include specific accessories like down lights or ‘Heatstrips’. All bays are controlled via a single point – either a switch plate on the wall, remote or smartphone.
A single maximum bay size is 24 square meters &/or 7500mm in width. Large roof areas are accommodated with ease by creating multiple banks.
Are you able to have an angled side?
Yes generally any custom angle can be provided for to a single side of a bay. This will enable you to follow your garden bed, retaining wall or provide a unique contrast for your outdoor living area.
Can you work with our builder?
Of course, we do this a lot.
It’s best that we are brought into the discussions early not only with yourself, but with the architect and the builder so everyone is on the same page & we can work out the finer details.
Which is the best direction for the louvers to run?
To have the best control over ‘mother nature’ and the sunshine, the louvers should run in a north/south direction. This will enable you to follow or block the sun more effectively, thus creating a more comfortable outdoor living area, individually tailored for you.
Can you combine the louvers with other roofing products?
Yes. The louvers can be tailor made to be incorporated with other fixed roofing styles.
What designs are available?
The ‘Eclipse’ louvers can be used in any design format for your outdoor living area/patio cover.
Find out a little more about getting the best design for your patio cover outdoor living area for your home here.
What is your guarantee?
All constructions are provided with a ten year structural guarantee and three year warranty on all electrical.
What about ongoing maintenance & service?
Upon completion you are provided with a detailed maintenance guide which, when followed, will ensure that you’re outdoor living area remains looking as great as it does once completed and sees you enjoying the area for many years to come.
We can assist with ongoing maintenance, please contact us to book in a maintenance session.
Is a remote control available?
Yes. You have the option to either have the remote control by itself or utilise it with the wall mounted switch plate.
Do I need to organise my own electrician?
No. We include all necessary electrical within our description of works as standard as completed by an licenced electrician.
How do you operate the louvers?
A ‘switch plate’ the size of your standard home light switch is fixed to your wall, generally next to your current light switch in a location where you can see the louvers.
The switch plate enables you to operate each bay of louvers together or independently, along with standard functions including the rain sensor.
A remote control option is also available.
A transformer is hard wired by our licenced electrican into your homes power supply. This in turn operates a ‘Weather Control Unit’ which is housed either within your eave line or externally on the wall in a weather proof box.
This powers a stainless steel, 12 volt motor to each bay.
You can also upgrade your opening roof patio system so you can operate it via your smartphone. Not only can you operate the Eclipse louvers but also all of your patio cover accessories on the one device. Fans, Heatstrips, lighting, blinds etc….how cool!
Is a weather sensor standard?
Yes. This gives you the peace of mind to leave the louvers open, knowing that if the weather does turn for the worse that the louvers will automatically close.
Can you manually operate the blades?
No. The ‘Eclipse’ louvered patio cover system can only be operated via remote control or the electronic switch plate.
What about heat?
Aluminium is an excellent reflector of radiant energy. The Aluminium blades are approximately three times as thermally-conductive as steel, which is important in heat-exchange applications, whether heating or cooling.
Also remember that you can open & close the blades to suit you’re requirements.
How much does it cost to construct with an ‘Eclipse’ Opening Roof?
How long is a piece of string? It depends on numerous factors, firstly – what type of structure are you considering? Traditional gable vs flat, single bay vs multiple bays. Costs can vary considerably depending on site conditions, council requirements, design, materials, bushfire zoning, colours etc.
Everything that we construct is individually tailored & designed to your requirements – we do not price per square metre. We work with you to design your Outdoor Living Area & price per component required. However to give you an indication or rough guide – work around the $1,100 per meter squared.
So, how do you get started?
Book a private consultation in our display:
We highly recommend that you share a coffee with us in our office so you can have a closer look at the products available in our display. We find that this helps our clients a lot as they can get a ‘hands on’ feel for each material option.
Our display is by appointment only, so use the section below to book in a suitable time for us to meet one on one to casually discuss your outdoor lifestyle.