Are Louvre Roof Systems Worth It?

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Louvred roofs offer a number of valuable benefits to any outdoor space, however they are not the most affordable shading solution on the market. Their often high price tag has many wondering if they are worth the investment.  

In this article we’ll take a look at this popular shading structure, their pros, cons and if they’re worth the often costly investment. Here’s what you need to know.

What Are Louvred Roofs?

A louvred roof is a flexible roofing system consisting of a series of horizontal slats. These slats open in unison and can be adjusted to any angle. They allow for complete light control, opening to let the sun through or closing when rain threatens.

Where Are They Often Seen?

Louvred roof systems are most commonly seen in residential applications, making a great addition over decks, patios, pools, courtyards and more. 

They can also be seen in commercial settings, offering a flexible form of weather protection for outdoor seating in restaurants, bars and cafes.

Why Are They So Popular?

One of the main reasons louvre roof systems are so popular in Australia is due to the flexibility they offer outdoor spaces. Their adjustable slats make controlling shade, privacy and ventilation possible at the touch of a button. 

It is for these reasons that homeowners in particular love louvre roof systems as a great, all weather solution for any outdoor space.

So, Are They Worth It?

The answer to this question will largely depend on what you’re looking for in a shading solution.  

So, to inform your decision on whether louvre roof systems are worth the investment, we’ve created a simple list of their pros and cons. These include: 


  • They are durable and will often last for years 
  • They add value to your home 
  • They provide excellent, flexible protection from the weather 
  • They operate effortlessly via remote control 
  • They help lower air conditioning bills in summer


  • They are often not an option for people with smaller budgets 
  • Their ultra modern design doesn’t compliment all homes 
  • The slats cannot be retracted – only opened or closed 
  • Their hard surface can reflect noise, particularly heavy rain 
  • Their options for customisations are limited

What Other Options Are There?

We know louvred roof systems aren’t for everyone. So, if you’re looking for a flexible shading solution and want to know what other options are on the market, see some of the examples below.

Retractable Roofs

One of the most popular alternatives to louvred roofs are retractable roofs. Both retractable and louvred roofs offer many of the same benefits for outdoor spaces. However, there are a few key differences between the two.  

A retractable roof is typically made of a waterproof canvas fabric that fully retracts, allowing uninterrupted sunlight and views, and closing just as quickly when bad weather threatens. Louvred roofs on the other hand can only open or close their slats, meaning you’ll never have uninterrupted sunlight.  

When compared to louvred systems, retractable roofs offer more room for customisation. Most suppliers allow you to customise your retractable roofs fabric colour, frame colour and can even create custom support beams for you. This means you’ll have a shading solution completely tailored to suit your space.

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Retractable Pergola

Suitable for a wide variety of applications, a retractable pergola is ideal for shading courtyards, decks and outdoor living spaces 

A retractable pergola is a great alternative to a louvred roof system, especially for those that don’t want to add a permanent structure in order to create shade. Helioscreen’s Vario Pergola can be installed using wall or ceiling brackets and doesn’t require a classical substructure as it supports itself on two front posts.

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Retractable Awning

For those after a flexible outdoor shading solution, a retractable awning is a great alternative to a louvre roof system.  

They offer all the benefits of flexible light and shade control without the need for a permanent substructure. And best of all, when not in use they can be retracted into their cassette, making them almost invisible against the side of a building.

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Choose Australia’s Leading Retractable Roof Supplier 

When choosing a retractable roof for your home or business, it’s important to prioritise a durable and functional system custom made to your outdoor area.   Helioscreen is Australia’s leading supplier of retractable roofs and awnings for a variety of residential and commercial buildings. Contact us for more information. 

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