No lubricant: no lubricant is required to operate the roof mechanisms.
Regular use: during summer use of your structure, be sure to open and close the louvers at least twice a week. Perform a visual inspection occasionally, to make sure your pergola is operating properly.
Load: SunLouvre Pergolas structure and louvers, whether open or closed, cannot bear any weight load under any circumstances.
Storage: if part of your SunLouvre Pergolas must be stored, make sure that it is clean and dry before and during storage.
If this occurs: if the SunLouvre Pergolas product is installed on a concrete slab or other surface and is attached to a building, we are not responsible for the movements of the slab or other surface which may result in damage to the product or the building.
Use soapy water and a low-pressure spray of water to clean your pergola. If there are trees and shrubs, etc. near your structure, it is recommended that you clean your mechanisms periodically, to remove plant debris.
Before the first snow, make sure to winterize your pergola by locking the louvers in vertical position (open) to prevent loads of heavy snow and ice from accumulating. Leave the louvers in this position until the risk of snow and freezing in spring has passed.
Louver lock: open the louvers to the vertical position. Locate the adjusters (articulated arms) under the roof. Find the locking pin and the holes made through the adjuster: there is a “summer” hole (“sun” icon with the pin already inserted) and a “winter” hole (“snowflake” icon with an empty hole).
In extreme and/or rare circumstances: if there is accumulation of snow between the louvers, pay attention and make sure to remove any excessive build-up of snow on your structure.
For a vertical louvered wall panel: if you have a wall of adjustable louvers, the louvers must be kept half-open at a 45° angle to prevent snow accumulation. Follow the same louver locking procedure to protect your louvered wall all winter long.
Motor (if applicable): if your pergola has a motor, it must be unplugged and removed for the winter (always make sure the wires are well-insulated and protected from the elements) and the batteries removed from the remote control.