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Slatted roof & Co: What is the best roofing for the terrace?

Are you looking for suitable wind and weather protection for your patio? Due to the multitude of possibilities, it is not so easy to choose the right variant.

The following article shows you the advantages of the pergola roof and also informs you about other options for covering your terrace, each with their own advantages and disadvantages.

In addition to the slatted roof, we look at the following variants:

  • Cold and warm conservatory
  • classic patio cover
  • awning
  • Sun Shade
Lamella roof in the garden to relax

The advantages and disadvantages of a pergola roof

The slat roof is an alternative to the well-known and tried-and-tested glass patio roof. The louvered roof offers you real added value compared to the many other variants available on the market. You can purchase and use the slat roof both as a patio roof over your outdoor seating area and as a free-standing pavilion.

The absolute highlight of the slat roof is its versatility. With a slatted roof, you can react immediately to changing weather conditions at any time. In addition, the slatted roof will not only impress you functionally, but also because of the interesting look. The slatted roof offers you protection against wind and weather all year round - and over a very long period of time. A high-quality slat roof can remain in use for decades and impress with its functions.

The closed slat roof is always 100% waterproof. When the sun comes out from behind the clouds, you can use the radio remote control to open the slats as you wish. You decide how far you want to open the slats to create your own oasis of well-being. But a slatted roof has a lot more to offer you.

In addition to the attractive visual effect, you benefit from a solid construction with good material processing. You have the choice between pure aluminum slats or insulated or non-insulated glass slats. The insulated glass slats have the advantage that they let in a lot of light in all seasons, but they don't need any additional shading for the sunny months.

The situation is similar with the non-insulated glass slats, but the heat can escape here, which is why this variant is not suitable for the cold season. Pure aluminum slats do not let any light through and can also become dull over time.

Louvered roof side parts provide ideal protection against wind and weather
The slatted roof is ideal for relaxing in summer

With a pergola roof, you get a real climate expert for your home. You can align the slats both vertically and horizontally - depending on the position of the sun. Thanks to the rotatable slats, you not only protect your seat from the sun, wind and rain, but you can also provide pleasant ventilation in no time at all. You don't need an air conditioner or a fan.

Realize holiday dreams at any time of the year? With a slatted roof, that's no problem! You can easily mount loudspeakers as well as heating and lighting elements under the louvered roof. This ensures a pleasant atmosphere in every season. With a wind and rain sensor, the slats close automatically in a storm, so you don't have to worry about a thing.

The slatted roof provides the oasis of well-being that you desire. Regulate the temperature as you wish without the need for a parasol, awning or other shading system. The slats can be infinitely adjusted so that you decide whether you want to enjoy the sun, the penumbra or the rain protection. No matter how strong the sun shines under the slatted roof, there will be no build-up of heat, because the warm air can simply escape upwards at the touch of a button.

The functionality of a pergola roof is well thought out. The slats are on a self-supporting structure and can be easily lifted using an angle rail. The system is maintenance-free, so rust and signs of wear don't stand a chance. All you have to do now is decide whether you want to open and close the slats manually or with a motor.

The advantages at a glance:

  • no heat accumulation under the slatted roof
  • the perfect climate at all times
  • usually maintenance-free
  • no planning application required
  • Light and sun flood the seat
  • with cleansing lotus effect
  • Snow loads are not a problem
  • Wind and rain sensor ensures automatic closing
  • transparent or in the color of your choice
  • many special shapes can be realized
  • Invisible gutter allows rainwater to run off unnoticed
  • increases the value of your home

By now you've read so much about the benefits of a pergola roof and you're probably wondering where the catch is. Honestly, there isn't one! The money you invest in your pergola is very well spent.

Of course, you should also learn about other patio protection options so that you can compare all the different variants.

Large slat roof for the garden
lamellar roof as an extension ideal for summer

The advantages of a cold and warm conservatory

During the planning stage, you have to decide whether you want a cold or a warm conservatory. The cold conservatory offers you weather-protected seating or storage space for garden furniture and the like. For a cold conservatory, you always need antifreeze heating. In the cold season you cannot really stay in it. At best, you have a winter quarters for certain plants.

The warm conservatory is often referred to as a residential conservatory or as a second living room. You can use this room all year round and thus sit in the garden, so to speak, even in winter.

Before building a warm conservatory, however, you must submit a planning application, because this is additional living space. The warm conservatory must have a heating option so that not only the air in the room but also the surfaces are heated.

Type advantages Disadvantages
cold conservatory expansion of living space; can be used as a green living room; accessible all year round not suitable for staying in the cold season; no insulation; not so stable in storms; possible problems with condensation; possible mold growth due to humid room climate
warm conservatory expansion of living space; can be used as a green living room; accessible all year round planning application required; additional heating costs extra money; additional sun protection necessary; expensive to purchase and maintain

The advantages and disadvantages of a patio cover

A patio roof is available in a wide variety of designs. The construction can be made of wood, aluminum or another metal. The patio roof can be simply covered with wood. However, neither sun nor light gets through here, so you are more or less sitting in the dark.

You can also opt for plastic, Plexiglas or real glass. Each variant has its advantages and disadvantages, especially when it comes to cleaning and the brightness under the patio cover or in the room behind it.

If you have opted for milky panes, the rooms behind the terrace are usually very dark, especially in the dark months. Plastic or plexiglass becomes unsightly over time and moss can form.

Plastic, regardless of the variant, is not as visually appealing as glass. Real glass is quite expensive to buy and must be cared for accordingly. If you would like additional sun protection, awnings or the like must be attached to the panes.

Louvered roof outdoor area
Our slat roofs in action

Advantages and disadvantages of an awning

The awning offers you practical sun protection for your terrace. You have to decide before you buy whether you want an articulated arm, sleeve or cassette awning. You have to extend the awning by hand or with a motor according to your wishes. If the awning does not have a sensor, you must ensure that it is always retracted when it rains or when you are absent, because the awning is neither storm-proof nor can it bear snow loads.

Over time, the awning fabric can fade, so you need to have the awning replaced regularly. The sun protection effect also varies depending on the quality of the awning fabric. When buying, you not only have to pay attention to the UV protection of the awning fabric, but also the color, because each color has different properties in terms of UV protection.

If the awning does not have the correct angle of inclination, which must be taken into account during construction, sudden downpours will quickly result in the dreaded water pockets, which can damage the awning.

Pros and cons of the shade sail

You have to manually assemble a sun sail before each use. However, you will hardly feel like stretching and realigning the awning several times a day when the position of the sun changes.

Furthermore, the sun sail is very susceptible to wind, so it can quickly be damaged in a sudden storm or in strong winds. When you're away, you always have to make sure that the sun sail is removed.

Just like with the awning, the UV protection of the sun sail also depends on the quality of the fabric. If you want good UV protection, it is worth investing a little more in the sun sail and choosing a high-quality fabric.

Pergola slat roof for outdoor use

Conclusion on the slat roof & its alternatives

Now you know all the pros and cons of the different ways to protect your patio and create a beautiful outdoor seating area. The louvered roof not only offers you a weatherproof roof, but also a seat that you can shade and ventilate according to your wishes. If you wish, you can create your own feel-good climate – almost like on holiday!

Should it be in the summer months under the louvered roof If it gets too hot, the warm air can easily be drawn upwards by means of a suction effect, like in a chimney. In this way you always get the climate you want and don't have to endure the oppressive heat on your terrace. The slat roof offers you practically only advantages and is very durable, so that the investment will pay off for many years to come.

With the exception of the shade sail, which can be handy but is a smaller investment, the patio cover alternatives presented can add significant value to your home. But first of all you can of course benefit from the many advantages yourself.

Sunscreen heat generation Costs Design easy planning
awning good – exception: low sun gut low bad just
Sun Shade good – exception: low sun gut medium medium medium
louvered roof very good - continuously adjustable very good – bioclimatic effect medium medium very modern well up to 30m2 - then usually subject to approval
cold conservatory low – additional equipment required medium hoch hoch gut subject to approval
warm conservatory low – additional equipment required medium very high very high gut subject to approval

A slatted roof offers the most flexible application options and wins the vote for the price-performance design with most customers. It is significantly more durable than simple sun protection and blends in very well with the architecture. Now configure your individual slat roof in our configurator: