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Angled Pergola Slats Versus Modern Louvered Roofs

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Julie Hawbaker
Chief of Design
June 18, 2022
UPDATED November 12, 2023

A louvered roof pergola transforms any patio, deck or pool deck into an oasis for escaping the daily grind and relaxing in the cooling shade. From basic static, angled pergola slats to dynamic adjustable louvers, pergolas come in an array of styles, all with varying levels of functionality at the homeowner’s disposal. Which type of louvered roof is right for your pergola project? Understanding the capabilities of these design options will be important. Here we answer some of the basic questions you may have about angled pergola slats.

What are angled pergola slats?

Angled pergola slats, also called louvers, are a series of parallel panels set at an angle to create shade and promote airflow. The slats can be fixed in place, but in more advanced designs they can be adjusted to control the amount of light being blocked and airflow allowed in. An adjustable roof pergola works similarly to a Venetian blind, opening and closing to control the space between louvers. 

Can angled pergola slats seal out rain?

Rudimentary fixed louvered roof pergolas are unable to keep the rain from reaching your patio, but modern pergolas are uniquely capable of completely blocking out rain. The R-Blade pergolas we design, alongside our manufacturing partner at Azenco, are unique in the market. They feature a dual-walled louver design that opens to allow the sun to reach the patio or close tightly to completely block out the rain. Rainwater is channeled through an internal gutter system, flowing out of a drain at the base of the support columns. The internal gutter system also allows us to channel the runoff away from the patio space to keep it dry during the South Florida rain showers.

How do you adjust angled pergola slats?

Our automated pergolas feature completely motorized angled pergola slats. Homeowners can control the angle of the louvers with a handheld remote, via smart app, or the entire operation of the system can be fully autonomous. We are able to incorporate smart weather sensors that monitor showers, and close the louvered roof at the first sign of rain. This allows you and your guests to carry on an evening dinner party even if a rain shower passes through.

Will angled pergola slats withstand South Florida’s high winds?

Not all louvered roof pergolas are created equal. Many of the DIY kits on the market could be damaged during a windstorm. To mitigate potential wind damage, our pergolas are custom engineered to resist hurricane-force winds. While no outdoor structure can promise to survive a truly massive storm, we take every precaution to ensure your pergola is optimized for these inevitable storms. Each pergola model we offer carries a “Miami-Dade Notice of Certification,” which certifies they meet some of the most stringent wind-resistance regulations in the country. We also employ smart technology to mitigate storm damage. Similar to rain sensors, we can integrate wind sensors to monitor heavy gusts allowing the louvered roof to open automatically when necessary. Opening the louvers eliminates potential damage from updrafts, allowing the pergola to better withstand high winds. 

How does a pergola with tilting slates improve your outdoor living space?

Generally speaking, a pergola with slats that are motorized, will give you the most flexibility in when and how you spend time on your covered patio. As a custom pergola company that works with some of the most well-known restaurants, private clubs and luxurious residential addresses in South Florida, we most-often recommend customers to opt for an adjustable slatted roof because of this flexibility. The ability to maintain complete control over the slanted pergola roof means you can choose full shade for hot afternoons, adjust the angled pergola roof for partial shade, or open the pergola roof for some sunbathing. With this level of control, you can invite friends for a cocktail party without worrying about the weather, or host a pool party knowing that cooling shade is just a click of a button away.

How can an adjustable louvered roof pergola benefit my restaurant?

As stated above, the ability to have complete control over the louvered roof allows you to effectively control the weather on your covered patio.. With options for full sun, partial shade, full shade, and complete rain protection a mere button tap away, restaurants suddenly have the ability to tailor the outdoor environment to the needs of their guests. Additionally, with the automated sensors integrated into your modern restaurant pergola, the roof will adjust itself accordingly to the weather. So, what does this mean for your restaurant? It means you can confidently book outdoor seating, private events, and more without fear that an approaching rain shower or unusually hot afternoon will leave customers uncomfortable or scrambling for cover. This also allows you to more accurately calculate the return on your investment.

Will a modern slatted pergola roof fit in with my home or restaurant’s existing architecture?

Working frequently with renowned architects, commercial contractors, and luxury homeowners one of the initial concerns we often hear is whether the pergola slats of their new outdoor structure will seamlessly fit with the existing architecture and style of their home or restaurant.The short answer is, “Yes, it absolutely will!” We can confidently assure new customers for a couple reasons. Firstly, the pergola slatted roofs included in the preferred Azenco R-Blade pergolas are designed without any external assembly hardware and feature hidden internal gutter systems. This means the exterior of the pergola delivers smooth clean lines that compliment any type of architecture style. Secondly, all of our pergola projects are completely custom, and designed to meet the unique demands of our customers’ properties. So, if a customer wants their new pergola to match a rustic beach bar, we can incorporate custom louvers coated in a wood grain powder coating. If a customer wishes to maintain the contemporary styling of their home, we can design unique angles and combine varying pergola roof elevations to fulfill that specific request.

Do I need to hire a pergola contractor to install a louvered roof pergola?

While skilled DIYers might be able to design and build their own pergola with static angled pergola slats, when it comes to more advanced designs like our automated adjustable louvered roof pergolas, hiring an experienced pergola contractor is a must. For starters, our skilled design team will help you determine the ideal look and feature set to ensure you get the most from your new pergola. We also have years of experience navigating the often-complex state, county, and local processes for securing a pergola permit. From approvals for project engineering to building permits, a misstep in the approvals process can seriously impact the overall louvered pergola cost.


Hopefully, this article on the array of angled pergola slats and louvered roof pergola designs has answered some of your basic questions. But, if you would like to explore how a new pergola will revolutionize your backyard living space, please contact us today to speak with our design team. 

Julie Hawbaker
Chief of Design
Julie Hawbaker, the esteemed Chief of Design and Partner at SYZYGY Global, specializes in custom-designed pergolas and fixed roofs. With exceptional expertise in architectural design and craftsmanship, Julie has mastered the art of seamlessly blending form and function to create stunning outdoor structures. Her meticulous attention to detail, combined with a deep understanding of client needs, enables her to deliver bespoke solutions that enhance outdoor spaces with elegance and durability. Julie's passion for innovation and her ability to transform ordinary spaces into extraordinary sanctuaries have earned her a reputation as a trusted authority in the world of custom-designed pergolas and fixed roofs at SYZYGY Global.
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