Solara Adjustable Patio Covers The “Smart” Shading System
The use of a porch can be problematic since its use is subject to weather changes. During the summer, strong sun during the day and humidity at night; during the winter, rain and moisture. There are a number of solutions available in today’s market, beginning with a clapboard roof and through canvas awnings, wooden gazebos and aluminum patio covers, but most offer only partial solutions to weather problems and maintenance.
The “smart” patio cover, manufactured by Solara, lets you enjoy the best of all worlds, all seasons. The patio cover is dynamic and can be transformed according to weather conditions and your demands. This means that you are in charge of the amount of light and shade you wish to receive, including protection from rain and humidity, while not giving up a refreshing summer breeze. Solara’s patio cover is made entirely of aluminum (including the louvers, which open and close as you desire), and therefore requires no maintenance at all!!! Solara’s “smart” patio cover enables you to significantly increase your living space and quality of life during the warm summer days as well as during the colder and rainy winter season. Our customers like to say, “We live on our porch”!!!!
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Choose From 2 Louvered Roof Systems
Solara is the only company that offers 2 types of louvered roof systems. An affordable light weight advanced engineering roll forming louvered roof system and a high end commercial heavy duty extruded one.
When we came up with the idea for a louvered roof system, 25 years ago, the product was mainly for high end custom made projects, however, with smart engineering, practical design and always investing in technology, we now have systems available for almost everyone and depends on your roof size, design, colors, etc. the price of roof system will range from 18 dollars per square foot and can go up to 32 dollars per square foot. If you add electric and energy bills, with these prices our louvered roof system is practically paying itself.
Please contact us today, we will find a local designer that will meet you at the project site with color samples, and a demonstration kit. They will help you choose the right system for your needs. The design meeting is free with no obligation.
Frequently Asked Questions
A patio cover usually has two warranties:
- The manufacturer's warranty.
- The installer's warranty.
We suggest being a smart consumer and doing your due diligence to compare brands. This way, you can see which manufacturer stands behind its louvered roof system. Solara has the best warranty on the market. Post support beams and rafters have a lifetime warranty. Louvers have a 10-year warranty, while mechanisms like motors and manual operators have a 15-year prorated warranty. You can read more about it in the link below.
Most manufacturers will not cover labor warranty, so that should be discussed with your installer.
Since patio covers are meant to protect you from the elements, such as direct sunlight, rain, and winds, they should be made of the best materials available to withstand any weather condition and last a long time. Wood patio covers can rot and get damaged by termites, steel patio covers can rust quickly, and vinyl patio covers can fade in the sun.
Aluminum patio covers are the best option on the market because aluminum doesn't rust, rot, or get damaged by termites. Additionally, some aluminum patio covers have high-quality paint that lasts for many years.
For louvered roof systems with many moving parts, we recommend having a barrier between two aluminum moving parts to prevent corrosion. Solara uses durable and flexible fiberglass brackets with high UV resistance. This element was developed by NASA for spaceships. Other manufacturers use stainless steel pins (about four for each louver), and some of them have a regular plastic cover to prevent corrosion. However, these plastic covers tend to break easily, and then you will need to oil those pins. If you have 100 louvers, that means you will need to grease 400 different areas. We encourage you to speak with homeowners who have a louvered roof system for at least five years to get a list of their experiences.
Yes, a patio cover and louvered roof system will definitely increase your property value. The investment you're making will pay off when you sell your house. However, keep in mind that there will be some depreciation, and you may not get the full value for your patio cover. We recommend saving your invoice and showing it to your appraiser.
The short answer is 2-3 days, but it depends on the patio cover design and any obstacles you may face, such as windows or facia. If you need footing and pour new concrete, it will require an additional 2-3 days. Typically, a standard rectangle up to 300 sq ft should take 2 days for a professional crew of two.
Patio covers have different prices depending on the type, from lattice patio covers to motorized extruded louvered roof systems with a modern box look. The cost depends on the size of the installation, any obstacles, and the distance from the installer's shop. Generally, a lattice patio cover should be around $20-30 per sq ft. Rolled form louvered roof systems should be $25-45 per sq ft, while extruded louvered roof systems should range from $30-70 per sq ft. If you have a small project without complications, make sure not to pay more than the quoted price.
No, Solara patio covers louvers are designed with small edges that allow raindrops to slide off and prevent them from creating loud noise. However, other brands may produce more noise during rainfall depending on the flatness of their louvers.
No, it is not recommended to walk on your patio cover, even with light body weight, as it can potentially damage the system.
Well, there isn't a definitive answer to that as it depends on your specific needs, project design, and desired outcomes. However, a common starting point is a minimum size of 12x12 feet. It's important to ensure that the shade provided by the cover adequately protects your sitting area as the sun moves, and that it offers sufficient protection from rain and wind, creating a dry space. Additionally, we recommend making your patio cover larger than your sitting area or larger than your concrete pavers to maximize shade and improve rain protection.
If your patio cover attaches to your house, it's advisable to calculate a minimal foot over the side of your house (considering that much of the installation will be above your roof/ facia). You should also allocate an additional minimal foot over away from your house to increase shade coverage as the sun moves and provide better protection from rain during windy conditions. Allow for at least one foot of space on each side parallel to your house for the same reasons.
Yes, with the Solara louvered roof system, we can design and build almost anything you can imagine. There are minimal limitations on what can be achieved, including options for gable, round, triangle and curved louvered roof systems. If you prefer to stay within your budget, we also offer wonders with our standard sizes.
Yes and no. The product and benefits of a louvered roof system are remarkable. You will enjoy natural sunlight on cold sunny days, 100% shade and ventilation during hot weather, and protection from rain, snow, humidity, and wind. Additionally, you can save on your electric bill as your house and windows will be shielded from the elements. However, it's crucial to ensure you are not overcharged. Some louvered roof systems on the market may try to charge over $150 per square foot, which is comparable to building a house with a kitchen and bathroom. Conversely, extremely cheap options may be of low quality or not made from aluminum, and may lack a reliable warranty. It's important to choose a reputable local builder to construct your louvered roof system, as a poorly built structure can pose risks such as collapsing under snow or being susceptible to strong winds. Therefore, it is essential to avoid overpricing and ensure you're getting a high-quality product.