Louvred roofs & Co: What is the optimal roofing for the terrace?

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

The following article shows you the advantages of the louvred roof and also informs you about other possibilities for roofing your terrace, each of which has its own advantages and disadvantages.

In addition to the lamella roof, we are looking at the following variants:

  • Cold and warm winter garden
  • classic patio roofing
  • awning
  • Awning
Louvre roof in the garden to relax and linger

The advantages and disadvantages of a louvre roof

The lamellar roof is an alternative to the well-known and proven glass patio roof. The louvred roof offers you real added value compared to the many other variants that are available on the market. You can purchase and use the lamella roof both as a patio roof over your outdoor seating and as a free-standing pavilion.

The absolute highlight of the louvred roof is its versatility. With a louvred roof, you can react immediately to changes in the weather at any time. In addition, the lamellar roof will inspire you not only functionally, but also because of its interesting appearance. The louvred roof offers you protection from wind and weather all year round – and over a very long period of time. A high-quality lamella roof can remain in use for decades and impress with its functions.

The closed lamellar roof is 100% waterproof in any case. If the sun can be seen behind the clouds, you can use the radio remote control to open the slats as desired. You determine how far you want to open the slats in order to create your own oasis of well-being. A louvred 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 do not need 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 light through and can also become dull over time.

Louvre roof side panels provide ideal protection against wind and weather
The lamellar roof is ideal for lingering in summer

With a lamella 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 sun, wind and rain, but you can also provide pleasant ventilation in no time at all. You don’t need air conditioning or a fan for this.

Realize vacation dreams at any time of the year? This is not a problem with a louvred roof! You can easily mount loudspeakers as well as heating and lighting elements under the louvred 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 anything.

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

The way a louvre roof works is well thought out. The slats lie on a self-supporting structure and can be easily lifted using an angle rail. The system is maintenance-free so that rust and signs of wear have no chance. You now only have to decide whether you want to open and close the slats manually or with a motor.

The advantages at a glance:

  • no heat build-up under the louvred roof
  • the perfect climate at all times
  • usually maintenance-free
  • no building application necessary
  • Light and sun flood the seat
  • with a 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 possible
  • invisible rain gutter allows rainwater to drain away unnoticed
  • increases the value of your home

You have now read so much about the advantages of a louvre roof and you are probably wondering where the catch is hidden here. In all honesty: it doesn’t exist! The money you invest in your louvre roof is very well spent.

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

Large lamellar roof for the garden
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The advantages of a cold and warm winter garden

When planning, you have to decide whether you want a cold or a warm winter garden. The cold winter garden offers you a weather-protected seating area or a place to put garden furniture and Co. For a cold winter garden you always need frost protection heating. You can’t really stay in it in the cold season. At best, you have winter quarters for certain plants.

The warm winter garden is often referred to as a living room or 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 winter garden, however, you have to submit a building application, because this is additional living space. The warm winter garden must have a heating facility so that not only the room air but also the surfaces are heated.

Type benefits disadvantage
Cold winter garden 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 water; possible mold formation due to a damp room climate
Warm winter garden Expansion of living space; can be used as a green living room; Accessible all year round Building application required; additional heating costs extra money; additional sun protection necessary; expensive to buy and maintain

The advantages and disadvantages of a patio cover

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

You can also opt for plastic, plexiglass 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, does not look as appealing as glass. Real glass is quite expensive to buy and needs to be looked after accordingly. If you would like additional sun protection here, awnings or the like must be attached to the panes.

Louvre roof exterior
Our lamellar roofs in action

Advantages and disadvantages of an awning

The awning offers you practical sun protection for your terrace. Before buying, you have to decide whether you want to use an articulated arm, sleeve or cassette awning. You have to extend the awning by hand or with a motor, depending on your requirements. 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 carry snow loads.

Over time, the awning fabric can fade, so you have to have the awning renewed 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 every color has different properties in terms of UV protection.

If the awning does not have the right angle of inclination, which has to be taken into account during construction, sudden downpours can quickly lead to the dreaded water pockets, which can damage the awning.

Advantages and disadvantages of the awning

You have to assemble a sun sail by hand before each use. However, you will hardly feel like re-tensioning and realigning the awning several times a day if the position of the sun changes.

Furthermore, the awning is very susceptible to wind, so that it can quickly be damaged in a sudden storm or in stronger winds. If you are absent, you must always ensure that the awning is removed.

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

Pergola lamella roof for outdoor use

Conclusion on the louvre roof & its alternatives

Now you know all the advantages and disadvantages of the various options for protecting your terrace and creating a nice seat in the countryside. The Louvre roof offers you not only 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 vacation!

Should it be below that in the summer months Louvre roof get too hot, the warm air can easily be drawn upwards by means of suction, like in a fireplace. So you always get the climate you want and don’t have to endure the stifling heat on your terrace. The louvred roof offers you practically only advantages and is very durable, so that the investment will pay off in many years.

With the exception of the awning, which can be practical, but is a less large investment, you can significantly increase the value of your home with the presented alternatives to patio roofing. But first of all you can of course benefit from the many advantages yourself.

Sun protection Heat development costs design easy planning
awning good – exception: low sun Good low bad easy
Awning good – exception: low sun Good medium medium medium
Louvred roof very good – continuously adjustable very good – medium bioclimatic effect medium very modern good up to 30m2 – after that mostly subject to approval
Cold winter garden low – additional equipment required medium high high Good subject to approval
Warm winter garden low – additional equipment required medium very high very high Good subject to approval

A louvred roof offers the most flexible application options and wins votes from most customers in its price-performance design. It is much more durable than simple sun protection and blends in very well with the architecture. Now configure your individual louvre roof in our configurator: