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Care, Maintenance & Cleaning Guide for Your Louvered Roof System 6 / 5/ 2024

To ensure the longevity and optimal performance of your louvered roof, regular care and maintenance are essential. This guide provides comprehensive instructions on how to maintain and clean your system without damaging its high-quality finish.

General Maintenance Tips

Regular Inspection

Conduct a visual inspection of the louvered roof at least twice a year and after any significant weather events.

Look for any signs of damage, wear or loose components.

Operating Louvers

Ensure the louvers are open during snowfall to prevent snow accumulation, which can cause excess weight and potential damage. 

Regularly operate the louvers to ensure they move freely and to prevent debris build-up in the moving parts.

Clearing Debris

Regularly clear the louvers and gutters of leaves, twigs and other debris.

Cleaning the Louvered Roof

Materials Needed

Soft-bristled brush or broom, mild detergent (pH-neutral soap), soft cloth or sponge, garden hose with a spray nozzle, ladder (if needed for higher sections) & safety gloves and goggles for protection.

Cleaning Procedure

Step 1: Rinse the Roof

Use a garden hose to gently spray the louvers and frame, removing loose dirt and debris. Avoid high-pressure setting as they can damage the powder coating. 

Step 2: Prepare Cleaning Solution

Mix a mild detergent with warm water in a bucket. Ensure the detergent is pH-neutral to avoid damaging the powder coating. 

Step 3: Clean the Louvers 

Dip a soft cloth or sponge into the cleaning solution and gently wipe down each louver, paying attention to both sides.

For stubborn dirt, use a soft-bristled brush to scrub gently. Avoid abrasive materials that can scratch the surface. 

Step 4: Rinse Thoroughly 

After cleaning, use the garden hose to rinse off all soap residues. Ensure all detergent is washed away to prevent streaks and potential corrosion.

Step 5: Dry the Louvers 

Allow the louvers to air dry or use a soft, dry cloth to wipe them down, preventing water spots.

Seasonal Care

Regularly clear fallen leaves from the gutters and louvers to prevent clogging. 

Inspect the roof system for any signs of wear after heavy winds.

Summer and Spring

Inspecting and clean the louvers more frequently due to increased pollen and dust. 

Check for any new debris that might have accumulated during storms.

Autumn

Regularly clear fallen leaves from the gutters and louvers to prevent clogging. 

Inspect the roof system for any signs of wear after heavy winds.

Winter

Keep the louvers open during snowfall to prevent snow build-up.

Remove any ice or snow promptly using a soft brush. Do not use metal tools as they can damage the powder coating. 

Special Considerations

Avoid Harsh Chemicals

Do not use bleach, ammonia, or other harsh chemicals on the powder-coated surface. 

Avoid using abrasive pads or brushes that can scratch or wear down the coating.

Preventing Corrosion

Ensure the louvers and frame are always free from standing water. Proper drainage is crucial to prevent corrosion over time.

Immediately touch up any scratches or chips in the powder coating with appropriate touch-up paint to prevent rust.

Professional Maintenance

Consider scheduling an annual professional maintenance check to ensure all components of the louvered roof system are in optimal condition.

Professionals can provide a more thorough inspection and address any issues that may not be apparent during routine maintenance.

Conclusion 

By following this care and maintenance guide, you can ensure the durability and aesthetic appeal of your marine grade powder coated aluminum louvered roof system. Regular maintenance not only preserves the beauty of the structure but also ensures its functionality and longevity. Should you have any further questions or require professional assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us!

Outdoor Living: The Benefits of Aluminum Pergolas for Home Enjoyment 2 / 16 / 24

In today’s face-paced world, finding tranquility and relaxation at home is becoming increasingly important. With the hustle and bustle of daily life, having a sanctuary where you can unwind and enjoy the outdoors is a luxury many crave. This is where aluminum pergolas come into play, offering a perfect solution to enhance your outdoor living space and allow you to spend more quality time at home. Let’s explore why aluminum pergolas are a fantastic addition to any home and how they can transform your outdoor experience. 

Design Benefits

One of the greatest advantages of aluminum pergolas is their versatility in design. They come in a variety of styles, sizes & colors, allowing you to choose the perfect pergola to complement your home’s architecture and outdoor aesthetic. Whether you prefer a modern, sleek design or a more traditional look, there’s an aluminum pergola to suit your taste. Additionally, aluminum pergolas can be customized with various accessories. Such as louvered roofs, lighting and privacy screens, further enhancing your outdoor living experience. 

Extended Outdoor Seasons

With an aluminum pergolas, you can extend the usability of your outdoor space throughout the year. Whether it’s providing shade during the scorching summer months or sheltering you from light rain, an aluminum pergola creates a comfortable outdoor environment. Allowing you to spend more time outside! Adding heating elements or fans to your pergola, can further optimize comfort and enjoyment, making it the perfect spot for year-round relaxation and entertainment.

Conclusion

In conclusion, aluminum pergolas offer a multitude of benefits that allow you to spend more time and enjoy more time at home. Whether you’re seeking a tranquil retreat to unwind after a long day or a stylish space to entertain friends and family, an aluminum pergola creates the perfect setting for relaxation and enjoyment right in your own backyard. So why wait? Embrace outdoor living with an aluminum pergola and transform your home into a haven of comfort and tranquility.  

Embracing the Shade: The Effectiveness of Aluminum Pergolas in Sun Protection 1 / 30 / 24

As the sun’s rays becomes increasingly intense, finding effective ways to shield ourselves from its harmful effects becomes a top priority. One innovation solution gaining popularity is the aluminum pergola – a versatile and stylish addition to any outdoor space that offers not only aesthetic appeal but also effective protection against the sun. 

Why use aluminum?

Aluminum, known for its durability and resistance to corrosion has become a popular choice for outdoor structures. It’s lightweight nature makes it easy to work with, allowing for the creation of elegant and functional pergolas that stand the test of time. 

Shielding Harmful UV Rays

One of the primary benefits of aluminum pergolas is their ability to provide substantial protection against harmful UV rays. The open design of a pergola allows for proper ventilation while filtering out a significant portion of the sun’s ultraviolet radiation. This is particularly important as prolonged exposure to UV rays can lead to various health issues, including skin cancer.

Adjustable Louvers for Personalized Shade & Temperature Regulation

Many aluminum pergolas come equipped with adjustable louvers, allowing users to customize the amount of shade they desire. Whether you prefer basking in the gentle sunlight or seeking refuge in a cooler, shaded area, the flexibility of these louvers ensures you have control over your outdoor environment. 

Low Maintenance, High Durability 

Aluminum pergolas are renowned for their low maintenance requirement and long lifespan. Unlike tradition wooden structures that may succumb to rot, pests, or warping, aluminum remains impervious. This durability ensures that your investment in a pergola pays off over the years, providing reliable sun protection without the need for constant upkeep. 

Enhancing Outdoor Living Spaces

Beyond its practical benefits, an aluminum pergola adds a touch of sophistication to your outdoor living space. Whether you’re creating a cozy retreat in your backyard, a stylish patio cover, or a welcoming entrance to your home, the aesthetic appeal of aluminum pergolas enhances the overall ambiance of your outdoor environment.

Conclusion

In the quest for effective sun protection, aluminum pergolas emerge as a reliable and stylish solution. Their ability to shield against harmful UV rays, coupled with customizable features like adjustable louvers, makes them a versatile choice for those seeking a balance between sun exposure and shade. 

With added benefits of low maintenance and durability, aluminum pergolas not only protect you from the sun but also elevate your outdoor living experience. Embrace the shade and enjoy the beauty and functionality of an aluminum pergola in your outdoor oasis. 

Check out some of this other great pergola information!

Here are a couple of links to some of our pergola media content as well as links from other industry professionals we trust! 

The video above is the newest on our YouTube page. It features three recently installed structures in a Northern New Jersey backyard. Two fixed pergolas sit aside a poolside cabana and one louvered roof structures is mounted to the back of the home and over an outdoor kitchen. Check out this video and more on our YouTube Channel!

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Finding Success in Collaboration 

Our partner company, Structural Pergola Systems, offers elite fiberglass materials mainly geared towards large scale commercial projects. Visit their website to see what unique structures are possible when using fiberglass!

Visit, Eastern Architectural Millwork, as they are your one-stop-shop for PVC Millwork products. From decorative pergola ends, to corbels, exterior trim & more!

Our Company

Our company is the culmination of three partners, each distinguished in their specific niche of the North Eastern Building Market. The understanding of products, environment & of the end user, from these three sources allows us to take a dynamic approach towards your build and your project.

Our goal, is to provide a pergola solution for your desired outdoor space.