Are you in the market for a Louvered Pergola?
See how the Shademaker Compares.
The Shademaker is, on average, 10%-50% less than an automated, louvered Pergola (per square foot of coverage).
The Shademaker provides virtually unobstructed views (of the sky) when in the
open position. Louvered Pergolas will block a good percentage of the view
when in the open position. The louvers never go away - they are always there.
III. Sun / Glare Control and Heat Gain
The Shademaker provides complete sun & glare control when in the closed
position. Louvered Pergolas also provide complete sun & glare control in the
closed position. Problem is, louvered Pergolas utilize steel or aluminum louvers which are thermal conductors of heat. You may have shade - but you will also have more heat gain / thermal conductivity present in the process.
IV. Simplicity / Portability
Louvered Pergolas are typically considered a “permanent” structure. The
Shademaker is typically a non-permanent or “moveable” structure. In other
words, it can be moved to a different location (if you happen to change the layout
of your backyard) or be moved altogether - if you happen to move to another home.
V. Design Aspects
The two post design of the Shademaker reduces the number of posts /
obstructions required in order provide a stand alone shading structure. The
Shademaker can also be utilized as an “attached” extension of your home or
patio, without the typical four post requirement of a typical pergola.