Archive for the ‘Patio Covers’ Category

How the Equinox Louvered Roof System Works

July 9, 2010

Now YOU can control the use of your backyard patio or deck in all types of weather with an Equinox Louvered Roof.  Here’s how the system works…

Equinox  Louvered Roof

The Equinox Louvered Roof is an ingenious mechanism-driven system that transforms a solid waterproof patio cover into an open garden trellis or Pergola covering.

Equinox Louvered Roof Schematic

Each louver roof blade rotates in unison over a 160-degree range of motion with the ability to stop anywhere allowing an exact regulation of the light, shade and ventilation desired.

Equinox Remote

This motion is activated by a small 12-volt DC motor and controlled by either a single/multiple toggle switch conveniently placed in the patio area or a hand-held remote control.

Equinox Solar Panel

Power to the system is provided by a small rechargeable battery through the use of a solar panel incorporated into the system or by a small transformer, which plugs into an ordinary household 110v outlet. This system can also be integrated with home automation systems, allowing pre-programmed settings, times, moisture sensors, etc.

Equinox Louvered Roof Closed

When closed, the interlocking louver blades create a waterproof seal. A slight pitch drains the water away into the incorporated gutter and downspout system.

The Equinox Louvered Roof system is unmatched in the patio cover industry in terms of cost, functionality and performance.  Add one to your patio or deck today and enjoy your outdoor living experience rain or shine!


Louvered Patio Cover In Action

June 2, 2010

As the saying goes:  A picture is worth a thousand words.  Take a look at the Equinox louvered roof system in action.

Control the Sun with Patio Covers

May 11, 2010

Too much sun isn’t something the Pacific Northwest is known for.  Surprisingly, however, living at a northern latitude creates challenges when protecting patios and decks from direct, harsh summer sun.

Most people think the sun is directly overhead at noon so it should be the hottest time of the day.  Not so for us.  Because of our latitude, the sun we get is actually angled.  One effect of the sun coming in at a lower angle is that we experience higher temperatures  later in the day—4 to 6 p.m. PDT in spring spring, summer and fall—just the time you want to relax on your patio or deck, have dinner, or entertain friends.

Fortunately, there are creative shade structures that will let you control the sun, including tinted roofs and window panels, pergolas, shade sails, and screens to filter direct sun.  Here are a few examples.

Kim Katwijk, owner of Deck Builders, Inc. and an Alfresca Outdoor Living project manager

Shade Sail

With this shade sail deck cover, homeowners can adjust the amount of sun or shade at different times of the day.

Pergola, Shade Sail Patio Cover

Here fabric is woven through the top of the pergola, providing filtered light while retaining the classic pergola style.

Privacy Screen Filters Sunlight

In addition to providing privacy, screens can filter sunlight and create comfortable conversation or contemplation areas.

Tinted Patio Cover Roof

Adding tint to patio cover roofs will provide additional protection when the harsh sun is directly overhead.

Patio Cover Roof Design Ideas

April 16, 2010

Patio cover roof tops come in all sizes and shapes, and can be used to cover more than patios.  They cover decks, porches and even doorways.  It’s refreshing to see so many ideas out there that we can use for inspiration as we create the perfect addition for your home.

Here are photos of a doorway cover and patio cover.

Jerry Bannister, owner of BHD Construction and an Alfresca Outdoor Living project manager

Awning, Door Covering, Patio Cover

This tempered glass awning protects visitors waiting for their friend to answer the door.

Patio Cover, Glulam Beam

This patio cover is made of Glulam beams, a laminated product that is strong and allows maximum span between posts. The sleek design adds to the overall appeal of the home.

Patio Cover, Glulam Beam

Here is a side view of the Glulam-beamed patio cover.

Patio Cover, Polycarbonate Roofing

The roof of the patio cover is made of dual panel polycarbonate material that filters the light, creating a pleasant outdoor living space.

Patio Covers Enhance Outdoor Living Experience

April 6, 2010
Patio Cover, see through roof

This patio cover is powder coated black and has a see-through roof.

Being a deck builder, I’ve always focused on providing my customers with some of the best outdoor living areas that I can imagine.  I’ve never realized how much nicer a backyard retreat could be with a patio cover until I owned one.

Living in the Pacific Northwest, the first thing that you appreciate is the fact that you and your stuff– barbecue, furniture, pets, kids, etc.–stays dry.  I am able to have nice furniture on my deck all year and it stays that way.  I also can grill up a great meal no matter what the conditions are outside.

Patio Cover, heat resistant acrylic, aluminum frame

These two patio covers are made from a white heat-resistant acrylic and have aluminum frames.

If it’s hot and the sun is too intense, the right patio cover will keep soaring heat to a comfortable level and you can enjoy your space instead of sweating in it.

The most modern patio covers are made from aluminum and acrylics or polycarbonates.  While some companies offer see through tops, others offer solid acrylics that diffuse the light for maximum heat dispersion.  Special  coatings can make the top layer of the acrylic more slip-resistant or have a more cooling effect.  Side walls can be installed for more protection or privacy.

Patio Cover, Western Red Cedar

This patio cover is built from 8" Western Red Cedar and has custom welded and powder coated bracketry.

Traditional patio covers can be built to your specification.  Check out the variety of options offered by Alfresca Outdoor Living.

Jason Russell, owner of Dr.Decks LLC and an Alfresca Outdoor Living project manager