There are quite a few aesthetic and functional solutions to make your outdoor living spaces usable throughout the year without being bothered by the wind, rain or hot sunshine. Heading the list are fabric awnings and retractable rooftops, both of which are popular among homeowners. However, retractable rooftops with aluminium louvres remain the most practical solution for your outdoor spaces.

Louvretec Australia explains why retractable roofs make for a better choice over fabric awnings when it comes to your outdoor spaces.

Fabric awnings are noisy

A retractable roof offers the homeowner complete freedom in choosing how much or how little coverage is needed for their deck or patio. Depending on the weather, a retractable roof can be partially extended, fully opened, or completely closed. You can also allow more natural light inside the covered space or completely cover up if there’s rain on the way.

However, since your deck is a place to relax, entertain or even work, you can’t have loud, disruptive noises every time you control your awnings. Fabric awnings are loud when you move them, and it defeats the purpose if you keep them closed all the time. Aluminium louvres as retractable roofs are different since the operation – automatic or manual – is streamlined, smooth and silent. 

Fabric awnings can start to sag 

Over a period of time, fabric awnings can begin to sag. The only solution is to replace the fabric or choose an expensive material that can stand up to the sun and weather extremes. Either way, fabric awnings don’t last long. Eventually, even the ones that use the most expensive weather-resistant fabrics will need to be replaced. Besides, a sagging fabric awning is not a pretty sight.

However, retractable rooftops that use aluminium louvres have a much longer shelf life with regular maintenance. 

Fabric awnings are easily damaged 

Fabric awnings are not robust enough to stand up to the forces of nature. Storms can damage fabric awnings installed on decks or patios, necessitating repair or replacement, which can be expensive.

However, retractable rooftops made out of stainless steel or aluminium louvres are sturdy and durable, and can withstand the heaviest of storms that Australia has to offer. They’re also treated to prevent rust and water damage.

When you are considering a suitable cover for your outdoor living space, choose the retractable roof option. Fabric awnings may be more affordable to buy but can get really expensive over their lifetime from periodic repair and replacement costs. If you want to enjoy peace and quiet while you entertain, relax or work, go for the low maintenance retractable roof.