Louvre Design

Louvre roof Auckland

The first question is to ask what you are trying to achieve with your aluminium motorised roof louvre. Here are some questions to help you on your way:

  • What size and louvre layout do you want?
  • Do you want to use the area in summer only or all year round?
  • Do you want to control the mid-day sun or possibly the morning or evening?
  • Is your opening roof stand-alone (pavilion) or does it interact with your home?
  • Is your home new or existing?
  • What features or optional extras do you want on your aluminium roof louvre?

Louvre Layouts

 

Area

An area of up to 20sqm does not require a building consent in Auckland. An area of 6 x 3.3 metres, for instance, equals 19.8 metres and is therefore an optimum size. Of course you can have something smaller or bigger by going with more than one THE LOUVRE COMPANY Louvre bays. So for instance an area of 6 x 5 metres could be divided into 2 panels of 6 x 2.5 metres.

Optimum widths

It is more economical to maximise the width of your new THE LOUVRE COMPANY Louvre. However the width is limited by the maximum span of the louvre blades, which is dependent on the wind zone. For instance up to HIGH, the maximum frame width is 4164 millimeters, and decreases for higher zones.

Optimum lengths

It is more economical the larger the length, up to about 6 metres (where we have to go to more than one bay). Also we recommend choosing the length of your THE LOUVRE COMPANY Louvre to be one of the “optimal sizes” or at least for the size to be as close as possible to the “optimal size”. For instance a length of 5967mm means there is exactly enough room to fit 23 louvres, whereas 5960mm means there are 22 louvres with a small gap on each side of the frame. Refer to the attached chart for recommended louvre panel lengths.

Louvre orientation

We can adjust the louvre orientation and the opening direction. Imagine a building elevation that faces North, the louvres can be North-South or East-West, and the opening can be clockwise or anticlockwise. Now think about what you want to control. Mostly it is the midday sun, but it may for instance be the evening sun. Once you have decided these things, we will come down for a final measurement visit and fill in the “My TLC Louvre form”, on which we will collect all the details of your louvre, and start the process of fabrication and powder coating.

Louvre Support

Your new THE LOUVRE COMPANY Roof can be supported using AL posts or attaching to part of a building, or they can be installed into a framed opening by others

Aluminium posts

This is a powder coated aluminium post specially designed to integrate with the TLC louvre system. Aluminium posts can be used to fully support, for a free standing louvre, or partly support, when attached to the face of a building.

Posts by others

Your TLC louvre can be supported by posts in concrete, timber or steel.

Attach to a building

Your opening roof can be supported off a building by fixing to a wall or to a soffit. If the building is new please contact us at an early stage to ensure it is detailed to enable fixing.

Framed by others

Your opening roof can be supported off a building by fixing to a wall or to a soffit. If the building is new please contact us at an early stage to ensure it is detailed to enable fixing.

Recommendations

We recommend a minimum of 2.3 metres height to the underside of the frame. This means for instance that louvre systems typically will not fit under soffits. Also you may want to raise the louvres so they overlap your roof and drain into the house gutters.

Louvre Colours

We recommend the use of light colours for your The Louvre Company Louvre. This is because this gives a greater sense of height when closed. Also lighter colours of powder coating will fade less and lighter colours do not hold on to heat as darker colours do. But at the end of the day, the choice is yours.

Control Automation

Your THE LOUVRE COMPANY Louvre is powered by a high quality actuator made by Linak in Denmark. It can be controlled in a number of ways and comes with a remote control.

Electrical work

Your THE LOUVRE COMPANY Louvre system is powered by 24V DC. However it requires a 230V AC supply to its transformer. This can be handled in two ways

  • The louvre is supplied to site with an exterior rated 3 pin 230V plug, which can then be plugged into an existing supply.
  • The power supply is integrated into the household supply by a registered electrician on site – usually arranged by the client.

Plumbing work

Your THE LOUVRE COMPANY Louvre system is supplied with a perimeter gutter with dropper. The downpipe for this outlet can be brought down along the side one of the supporting posts or integrated with the household stormwater by a registered plumber on site. The plumber is arranged by the client.

Optional Extras

Aluminium Louvre Screens

These feature powder coated aluminium airfoil louvre screens which offer privacy and wind and rain protection. The can be operable (open and close) and/or sliding.

Outdoor Screens

Closing your outdoor area with these screens is very cost effective and will add another dimension to your TLC louvre. We work with professionals in the business, so you can enjoy an extra room added to your home.

Lighting

We are currently working on a foolproof lighting system that can be added to your existing TLC louvre.