How large of an area can be opened?
There is no limit because sections of louvers can
be built side-by-side to accommodate even the largest of areas. The opening
system operates efficiently with up to 200 square feet per section.
Are there standard sizes?
No, the Eclipse System has been designed to be completely flexible so
it can be customized to each project. We will assist in designing the
length and direction of the louvers to best fit your area. Note: We
suggest using a maximum louver length of 12 foot.
What colors are available?
A large selection of colors are available.
4. Do I
need Electric Power?
No - The system is operated by a powerful 12Volt
battery that stays charged by its own solar panel. A
converter for using your house current is also available.
5. What about maintenance?
6" wide louvers have a baked on powder-coating finish that can be easily
cleaned by spraying with a hose. Either side is accessible by simply rotating
the louvers. Stainless steel components and hardware are utilized at key
areas for longevity.
6. Can I use an existing frame?
Yes - In many cases this can
be done by removing the internal rafters and deteriorated lattice to leave
a perimeter frame. (see pictures “ retrofit your old frame”).
7. Can I build my own support frame?
Yes - We can provide complete specifications, photos
and suggestions for the do-it-yourselfer or builder remodeling your property.
We recommend leaving the final "Eclipse Opening Roof" portion for our
trained staff to install when possible.
8. What about only opening part of the patio?
This is often practiced on very
large patios over key windows and dining areas. The "Eclipse louvers"
blend very nicely when combining with all roof types.
9. What direction are the louvers installed?
The direction of the louvers
is determined by the shape of the desired area to be protected, the orientation
of the home or structure in relationship to the path of the sun.
10. How much does it cost?
Pricing consists of 2 parts:
A: The Frame or support structure for the louver
system. (see below)
B: The louvers system.
The Frame can be built by our staff, the client or a builder of your choice.
Frames can be of any materials ( aluminum / wood, etc.) provided
the openings match the dimensions required for our system. We will gladly
assist you or your builder in preparing the proper look of the frame structure
Louver cost continued:
Once the frame size and style is determined, the resulting louver system
cost can be determined. The costs range from $55 per square foot when
using shorter louvers and small sections. $42 per square foot
when using longer louvers and sections of 200 square feet each.
We offer assistance in design and layout to maximize cost efficiency based
on the size and shape of your installation.
Where can I see the system already installed?
We can arrange a tour of area
installs throughout the USA.
Can I walk on the roof louvers?
The Eclipse louvers systems
are not designed to be walked on, however the louvers can withstand high
winds and miscellaneous pressures. (see photo below)