FAQ’s & Info

Happy-Soap It can be rinsed with a water hose since it is made of aluminum and therefore will not rust. Opening the shutters and rinsing with a water hose will clean the upper part.

 

The opening and closing of the shutters enables you to choose and control the shade desired.

The patio cover protects your patio and outdoor furniture from rain.

On a sunny winter day, your house can benefit from direct and natural sunlight (enabling energy saving and efficiency when heating and lighting your home).

Protection from humidity

During the summer you can control the amount of light desired (from 98% direct sunlight to 100% shade), enabling energy saving when air conditioning your home.

The patio cover enables circulation of air throughout the year, while during the hot summer you enjoy air circulation and 100% shade at the same time.

No maintenance is necessary.

All the profiles of the patio cover are made of aluminum and therefore may be cleaned with soap and water.

The standard colors are white, cream and wood, however it is possible to paint the patio cover especially for you according to your requirements in any color.

It is also possible to combine colors, such as white posts with light blue shutters.

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No, Solara’s exclusive patent and advanced manufacturing methods allow you to construct the patio cover in any size with no limitations.

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No. Solara’s Patio Covers are custom made according to the requirements of each project allowing you to fulfill your dream as desired.

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Yes, it is possible to adapt the patio cover to any existing structure, whether built of wood, metal, concrete, etc.

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The shutters are designed in such a way that the raindrops slide rather than forcefully hit the patio cover. According to our tests, there is less noise from rainfall on our aluminum shutters than on plastic.

Yes we do and yes you can! Our patio covers are easy to install. We will supply you with the installation instructions and the engineering package to do it yourself. No special tools or equipment. For more information on a DIY Kit email us today at diy@patiocover.us.

Solara patio covers are made out of the highest grade premium aluminum that can be RECYCLED for other purposes.

Solara Smart Shading Systems also allow you to reduce your dependency on electricity by helping to heat or cool your home or office. Want to cool your home, simply close the patio cover, open the roof back up to add heat and sunlight.

Watch your lighting, cooling and heating bills drop!!

Snow load refers to the weight of snow measured in pounds per square foot (psf). Building departments determine the snow load area based on the heaviest winter conditions experienced in that location. To ensure safety, we incorporate a cushion of 30% to account for potential variations and also consider the weight of rain.

For instance, if your building codes require a snow load of 30 psf and your patio cover measures 20×15 feet (300 square feet), we would design the louvered roof system to support a load of 9,000 pounds. Solara offers generic engineering solutions that comply with snow loads of up to 30 psf for both roll formed and extruded louvered roof systems. Additionally, we can always provide site-specific engineering calculations to meet your specific requirements. Rest assured, our generic engineering is approved for a range of applications, ensuring your patio cover is able to withstand the designated snow load.

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Wind load is how fast the wind is in your area.  The building codes will require to design the louvered roof system for the fastest wind load that has ever occurred in your area.  They will usually add 30% and calculate wind gusts as well.  For example, the slowest wind load that you can design your patio cover is 90 miles per hour and it can go up to 120 miles per hour.  Our louvered roof system’s generic engineering will cover up to 115 miles per hour and will be approved for roll formed and extruded louvered roof systems.  We can always make site specific engineering for your louvered roof system.

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In the same city, different areas may have varying exposures, which are taken into account by building departments when calculating the span for wind and snow loads, even if they fall within the same load area. For instance, a louvered roof system installed in an urban area with a wind speed of 90 mph and a snow load of 10 psf will have less exposure compared to the same patio cover with the same load installed in a rural area. The exposure consideration also extends to the height of the louvered roof system. A ground-floor installation will have a different exposure compared to a penthouse installation located four or five stories high.

Moreover, commercial and residential louvered roof systems, even if situated in the same exact location, may require different exposure considerations. Our louvered roof system’s generic engineering covers exposure A and B, and in most building departments, you only need to increase the loads to permit your louvered roof system in exposure C. This ensures that our system is designed to withstand various exposures and meets the necessary safety standards for different locations and applications.

Solara louvered roof system can be designed and permitted all across the United States with any wind load or snow load.  As a matter of fact, Solara louvered roof systems are being permitted not only in the US but they’re being permitted internationally however, a louvered roof system that has been designed for Phoenix Arizona will need less rafters and support beams than a same size louvered roof system in Buffalo New York due to different snow load requirements.  A louvered roof system in Miami Florida will be designed differently than the same louvered roof system in Fresno California due to different wind loads.  The same goes for different exposures, a louvered roof system designed for a 70th floor sky scraper in Manhattan New York will be a different design than a louvered roof system in a residential backyard in New Jersey.  The bigger the load is the less the span will be.  This means more material, such as posts, rafters and support beams.  At the end of the day, that means it will cost more for the same louvered roof system in a location with lower loads.  Also, the loads can affect your design limitations.  For the same size louvered roof system in different loads and exposures, you will need more or less posts.

Yes, we offer a gutter system as an optional feature for our louvered roof system. However, due to our cut edge technology, which eliminates the need for edge supports, we do not require you to purchase the gutter system. This approach allows us to keep our louvered roof system affordable for our customers.

Based on our extensive experience of thousands of installed louvered roof systems worldwide, we have found that during rainy weather, most people tend to spend their time indoors or underneath the Solara cover. Since the majority of our louvered roof systems are installed on the first level of the yard, you can simply let the water flow into your garden without the need for an expensive gutter system. Additionally, gutter systems require regular maintenance to keep them clean and functioning properly, which can be a hassle involving ladders, tools, and time-consuming efforts. If a gutter system becomes clogged, it can lead to leaks in your louvered roof system.

In order to provide a system that requires less maintenance and labor, we do not include the gutter system as a standard component. However, we do recommend installing the gutter system on our patio cover when it is being installed on the second level or higher, where water drainage directly affects your downstairs neighbor’s porch. Rest assured, with the Solara louvered roof system, you always have the option to add the gutter system at a later time, if desired.

Solara Automatic pergolas are equipped with advanced technology that smoothly adjusts louvers to open and close therefore allowing users to control sunlight, shade and ventilation. The automatic adjustable louvers on the Solara pergola help direct water into either a gutter or onto your lawn or garden allowing your outdoor living space to maintain dry and clean.  The Solara pergolas can operate either manually with a hand crank or you can open and close them using a remote control or wall switch when they’re motorized systems. The Solara smart pergola structure ensures effortless adjustment to changing weather conditions, providing shade and shelter when needed.

Additionally, automatic pergolas often come with customizable options, allowing users to tailor their outdoor experience according to preferences. With their reliability and efficiency, automatic pergolas offer a harmonious blend of comfort and sophistication, transforming any outdoor area into a versatile and inviting retreat.

Solara aluminum louvered pergolas are known for their lightweight construction (roughly 3lbs per square feet). This lightweight material makes installations easy and enhances the versatility of this pergola in various settings.  Whether it’s residential or commercial their lightweight nature simplifies transportation and handling, making the Solara pergola an ideal choice for both DIY and professional installers. Despite their featherweight design, Solara aluminum pergolas maintain exceptional durability and integrity without compromising on quality or performance.

Solara pergolas offer a versatile installation process, allowing them to be seamlessly attached to existing structures or homes with ease. This adaptable design enables homeowners to enhance their outdoor living spaces while maintaining a cohesive architectural aesthetic. Whether it’s connecting to a wall, extending from a roofline, or integrating with a deck, Solara pergolas provide a customizable solution to suit diverse needs and preferences. Solara pergolas can also be installed as free-standing structures that can serve as focal points in backyards, gardens, outdoor kitchens, patio areas, etc.

With sturdy construction and customizable design options, Solara pergolas can be tailored to fit various outdoor environments and aesthetic preferences. Whether placed in the center of a lawn, by a poolside, or as a standalone retreat in a garden, it will provide shade and shelter from the elements year-round.

Yes.  Solara aluminum pergola systems can be built in many shapes and designs. The versatile nature of the Solara pergola allows buyers to be creative and integrate this structure with any architectural style or aesthetic. Whether you’re envisioning a classic rectangular or square shape giving you a sleek modern design or a whimsical curved pergola with rounded edges, Solara’s adaptable system can be tailored to meet diverse aesthetic preferences or requirements. With Solara, the only limit is one’s imagination.  

The Solara electric aluminum pergola epitomizes hassle-free outdoor living with its maintenance free design. Unlike traditional wood and awnings, the Solara aluminum pergola does not require regular staining, sealing and upkeep. Aluminum pergolas retain their pristine appearance year after year with minimal maintenance. As it happens with any motorized devices, the motor may need service over time, but it’s designed to last and withstand even the harshest weather conditions. To maintain or clean the Solara pergola, all it takes is washing sporadically with light soap and water and keeping the electric components dry and covered.

The cost of a Solara motorized, and manual pergola depends on its size and type of louvers. Motorized pergolas can cost more than a standard lattice or alumawood patio covers since it is a premium product with exceptional quality and innovative designs. You can contact one of our local Solara specialists near you for a quote.

Yes. Solara pergolas are crafted with premium materials and engineered for durability, therefore have a reliable framework that ensures the sturdiness to securely support any attached or installed items such as ceiling fans or light fixtures.  

During its manufacturing process, the Solara pergola goes through a specialized finish and coating process specifically this aluminum material, therefore it is not recommended to repaint it.

The Solara pergola’s adjustable louvers offer complete control over sunlight, shade, and ventilation, allowing homeowners to create the perfect outdoor environment regardless of the weather which means you’re able to use your pergola all year as opposed to some other pergolas on the market that are not adjustable. The lightweight aluminum construction ensures durability and low maintenance, withstanding the elements and retaining its sleek appearance for years to come. Versatile design and installation options means Solara pergolas can seamlessly integrate into any outdoor setting, whether attached to a structure or freestanding, adding value and aesthetic appeal to properties. Overall, investing in a Solara adjustable aluminum pergola promises not only practical benefits but also enhances the beauty, functionality, and value of outdoor spaces, creating an oasis of comfort and style for homeowners to enjoy.

An attached pergola is an outdoor structure affixed to the exterior wall of a building.  Attached pergolas typically feature a series of vertical posts supporting on one end while the other end of the pergola is attached to either a wall, a fascia or roof. Unlike freestanding pergolas which stand independently an attached pergola can be an extension to cover and bring shade to your outdoor living space like your patio, outdoor kitchen, pool area, etc. The attached structure will seamlessly integrate with your home’s architecture creating a cohesive and visually appealing outdoor environment.

A freestanding pergola with louvered roof is a versatile outdoor structure supported by its own framework which is designed to provide shade and shelter in various settings. Freestanding pergolas come in a range of sizes and designs. Their standalone nature allows for flexible placement within a landscape, lawn or garden providing convenient protection and shade wherever needed. Having a freestanding aluminum pergola will give you the ability to entertain and host backyard gatherings with family and friends.

Solara pergolas can vary in height depending on specific design preferences and functional requirements of the space they will be covering. Typically, our aluminum pergolas are constructed with posts at 8.5ft or 10.5ft in height providing sufficient clearance for comfortable movement beneath the structure. An 8.5ft ft high pergola offers a cozier and more intimate atmosphere that can be perfect for smaller outdoor spaces and patios or areas where a lower profile may be needed or is desired. Higher pergola structures like the 10.5ft high pergolas, offer a more open space feel allowing for greater airflow and accommodating taller plants or ceiling fans. Regardless of the height preference of the users, Solara pergolas serve as beautiful and practical focal points in your outdoor settings.

Our Solara aluminum pergolas come with all the necessary materials and hardware needed to complete the installation. You will need your own tools for the installation, and we will provide instructions as well as videos on how each item is installed/mounted. You can also contact our tech support if you have any questions or concerns about the installation or parts. These are the parts that will come in the DIY kit:

  • Aluminum louvers
  • Rafter kits
  • Assembly components such as brackets, pins, caps, etc. (manual operator if solara is manual)
  • Posts if you don’t have an existing structure
  • Beams if you’re also purchasing from Solara
  • Motor kit if the Solara pergola is motorized

Our commitment is your satisfaction and we will do our best to make sure you place your order correctly.  Our pergolas are custom made therefore all sales are final and cannot be returned or refunded. We encourage you to look over all the details on your order confirmations very carefully and thoroughly before approving the final order confirmations.  You’re welcome to give us a call to go over and understand your order details before approving.

Our installation instructions available on our website www.patiocover.us and they can be downloaded directly from our webpage. We also have available installation help over the phone with our tech support.

Solara pergolas have been installed all over the world.  You can reach out to one of our Solara Specialists to see if they have a location/showroom you can visit to view the product.

Replacing the adjustable louvers in the Solara pergola system is remarkably straight forward thanks to its user-friendly design.  With a few simple steps, anyone can effortlessly swap out the old or damaged louvers for new ones ensuring optimal functionality at all times. The process typically involves pressing on the middle of the louver clip holding the louvers in place and snapping off the louver from the louver clip. In the event the louvers are extruded, you can use a louver removal tool or piece of wooden 2×4. We can provide a video so you can see the method. Once the aluminum pergola louvers are off, you can replace them with the new louver by simply clipping in place onto the louver bracket attached to the rafter.  Whether its for routing maintenance or customization, the ease of replacing the louvers emphasizes Solara’s commitment to providing convenience to its users.

For more information about Patio Covers, Awnings, Gazebos or Pergolas write to: design@patiocover.us