Few things are as pleasant in Melbourne winter afternoons as the warm sun on your back and a glass of mulled wine. You don’t need to hibernate in a cosy underground lair downtown in August when you can bask in the sun under your very own retractable louvre pergola

You’d be wrong to think these slatted roofs are only good for sunny Brisbane or humid Sydney. Louvre roofs are all-weather roofs that are great in crisp, sunny weather, but also the snowy and rainy parts of the country. 

What Are Louvre Roofs?

Louvre roofs are roofs with angled horizontal slats that you can open and close at the touch of a button. You can rotate the slats a full 180 degrees, giving you great control over the amount of light that you let into your outdoor living space. In other words, with a louvre roof, you get to tailor your living space to respond to the sun, wind, rain, shade and snow. 

Once upon a time, outdoor living spaces used to consist of wood pergolas. But in highly-deforested Australia, maybe that’s not the best option anymore. Not for the environment, and we argue not for us. Because anodised aluminium louvre roofs do great in the outdoors and they’re easier to maintain than wood. They last almost forever, too. They add to the curb appeal and add more value to your property than wood pergolas would. 

What Makes Louvre Roofs Great All-Weather Roofs?

Louvre roofs are retractable and adjustable, unlike wooden pergolas. In the summer, when the sun is high, you can angle the slats deeper to get more shade against the sun. In the winter, when the sun is low, you can angle the roof slats to follow the rays of the sun. This way, you get the most of the sun. 

Of course, you could also retract the roofs completely to enjoy a full view on a sunny winter day. Retractable roofs can retract either to one side or can split in the middle and retract to each side. 

What about when it rains or snows? We’ve got you covered then too. 

Our louvre roofs have rain and snow ratings in regions where there is precipitation. This means when you want to shut the slats tight against the snow, rain and wind at the peak of winter, you can. You won’t have to return home on a stormy day to find your outdoor-indoor space flooded. 

Louvre roofs don’t have to be limited to outside the house. You can bring them into most of your living spaces, to make the most of passive heating. Your balcony or patio can segue into your living room, also fitted with louvre roof systems. In the peak of winter in your enclosed louvre room, you could set up appropriate heating and entertain guests while the wind rages beyond the threshold of your patio. 

How Are Louvre-Roofs Made Weather-Proof?

It’s the choice of materials that makes a louvre roof weatherproof. We offer louvre roofing in a variety of materials. The best of these is anodised aluminium. The process of anodizing aluminium involves immersing the metal in a series of tanks. 

In one of the tanks, through a marvellous process of electrochemistry, a layer of aluminium oxide forms on the aluminium. This layer of film bonds to the metal and becomes a part of it, protecting it from corrosive oxygen in the atmosphere. 

Since this anodised aluminium is created out of the metal itself, and not painted on or applied on the surface in some way, it can last for over 30 years. It’s scratch-proof, flake-proof, peel-proof and chip-proof. It is safe against corrosion from humidity in the air. Plus, it is as much as sixty per cent lighter than alternative metals like copper and stainless steel. 

What About Powder-Coated Aluminium Roof Slats?

Powder-coating aluminium is the next best thing to anodised aluminium. In the process of powder-coating, the metal is treated with a layer of free-flowing, dry powder. This is done in an electrochemical environment, making sure the powder bonds to the surface of the metal. This makes powder coating much more durable than painting. Plus, it’s cheaper than anodised aluminium and available in a wide variety of colours. 

Why Are The Best Louvre Roofs Made Of Aluminium?

We could have used steel blades instead of aluminium for our louvre roofs in Australia. But aluminium is a better thermal conductor than steel, as those of us savvy in the kitchen will know. Traditional aluminium pots and pans are faster to cook in than modern stainless steel cookware. 

Aluminium’s great ability to transfer heat has many uses in passive heating and cooling of your home. In summers, it also reflects back over 80 per cent of the heat from the sun back at it. This makes it a great insulator in summer. 

In winter, aluminium angling the slats the right way will help let sunlight in and prevent reflection. This is why slatted, adjustable louvre roofs are favourite outdoor roofing options with Australians in Melbourne and beyond. 

Final Thoughts

With world leaders, activists and architects today pushing for passive heating and cooling systems that make the most of natural light in every weather, homeowners are turning to louvre roofs in Australia. Whether you live in a sunny city or a cooler climate in Southern Australia, you can enjoy your louvre roof and stay safe against the elements. 

There are many ways to adapt louvre roofs to your space. You can choose from prefabricated angled louvre blades in any colour or have them customised to your space. Our outdoor roofing systems are made in Australia, with excellent workmanship. Installation is just as important as the design and manufacture. 

We stand behind the parts and labour of our roofing systems and offer you a 10-year warranty against all our louvre roofs. We also offer an 8-year warranty on labour and motor parts, something that you’ll not find with too many operators. For an all-weather roof over your pergola, no matter where you are, you can get in touch with us. We’ll be happy to help your outdoor living space become a dream living space no matter the season.