Retractable Roof Alternative | Eclipse Opening Roof System

There are plenty of different options available when it comes to covering your outdoor area. One option that people often seek is a retractable pergola roof but when they discover the easy-to-operate, non-rust Eclipse Opening Roof, the choice for best quality and value becomes very clear. Also, the Eclipse Opening Roof can cover large outdoor spaces that retractable roof systems cannot, making it the best retractable opening roof alternative.

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      Opening pergola roof being installed.

      We chose an opening roof instead of a retractable pergola roof

      Five years later we are very happy with our decision

      The price was slightly less to install a retractable pergola roof but the long term value from our Eclipse opening roof speaks for itself. The louvres and system is robust, easy to operate and maintain. The materials are high quality and show no signs of rust or damage.

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      My initial meeting through to installation and completion was unbelievable. Your employee’s are all outstanding and their customer service standards are exceptional. It has been a pleasure to deal with your Company and I thank you.

      Bayview, Sydney

      We just wanted to say how happy we were with the new outdoor roof. The temperature is so much better and entertaining much more comfortable… not to mention it looks great… We’d be very happy to recommend you to other potential clients.

      Caringbah South, Sydney

      Comparison of Retractable Pergola Roof to Eclipse Opening Roof


      Initially it may cost slightly less to install a retractable pergola roof or awning however the long-term maintenance and costs make a retractable roof difficult and costly for the owner. Consider that many retractable roofs use fabric that won’t last longer than 3 years. If you want a longer lasting solution, the Eclipse opening roof louvres are made from aluminium and last more than 25 years without any issues at all.

      A professionally designed and installed opening roof system represents quality and value, which adds to the overall value of your home. 


      There are a number of retractable pergola roof systems on the market. The most popular material for these retractable roof systems is Colorbond®, which is quite good quality and a suitable option for fencing. However Colorbond® is a coated steel product, which is prone to rust. This is why Opening Roof Specialists use high-quality powder coated aluminium for all beams, louvres and gutters. 316 grade stainless steel is used for fixings and motor.

      Poor quality retractable pergola roofs won’t stand up to strong winds and many suppliers recommend to no operate the retractable roof during adverse weather events. This makes a very strong argument to choose the stronger, more reliable aluminium opening roof, especially if your house is located in a coastal area.

      The aluminum Eclipse Opening Roof can withstand strong winds and harsh weather. You can operate the opening roof any time you like, making is perfect all year round.


      When comparing retractable roofs and opening roofs, there are a few maintenance issues to consider.

      There are two main types of retractable roofs. The first type is a fabric retractable awning, which is prone to mould and mildew if you don’t completely dry the system before retracting into its enclosure or folding it away. The second type is a retractable louvre pergola, operating on a track system. From our experience most retractable roof systems only offer the statutory warranty in line with Australian Standards.

      If you do your own research, check the warranty of any retractable roof system and you will find that Opening Roof Specialists offer a longer warranty because we are confident in the quality and longevity of the entire system.

      Maintaining an Eclipse Opening Roof is very easy. A simple wash with soapy water and a soft brush will care for the surfaces. Regular operation and periodic lubrication of the louvre pins (with a handy spray product) is all you need to make your opening roof last for decades.


      The Eclipse Opening Roof is powder coated in Dulux Duralloy range which provides you with 60+ different colours to choose from and a 10-year warranty. We can also offer a premium powder coat in Dulux Duratec with a 20-year warranty for projects near the coast.

      For a woodgrain finish, we offer Decowood, with 30+ woodgrain finishes to choose from to give you that warm feel of timber. Like us, Decowood is a family owned Australian business. Our extensive colour range means that your opening roof system will integrate perfectly with your home, like it was always meant to be there.

      With a retractable roof, you are often limited to the 8-12 standard colour range, with some only being available in white. This limited colour range impacts on the overall style of your outdoor space and overall home.

      Design Options

      Opening Roof Specialists will custom design your Eclipse Opening Roof to seamlessly integrate with your home and suit the style of your outdoor space.

      Our Design Consultants are experts are working with all sizes, spaces and roof angles to create a solution that works all year round.

      We carefully consider louvre direction in relation to the sun to optimize winter sun and summer shade. A retractable roof is often a fixed size or design which means it may not suit your space or style of your home.

      With a retractable roof, you are limited to two options – open or closed. An opening roof allow you to adjust the opening of your roof to how you like it. You can close it when during rain or rotate the louvres at an angle to optimize either sun or shade.

      View some examples of installed opening roofs in Greater Sydney, Southern Highlands and Illawarra.

      Why choose us?

      Choosing Opening Roof Specialists is an easy decision when you know why you should make it.
      When working with us, you get:

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      Installing a long lasting opening roof is simply impossible without specific experience and attention to detail. With Opening Roof Specialists, you have nothing to worry about. All you need to do is call us and tell us about your project. We’ll do all the heavy lifting while you sit back, relax, and watch the magic happen.

      Our professionalism binds us to answering all and any questions related to the work we’re doing on your home, so don’t hesitate to ask. As well as that, you’ll always know exactly when the project will begin, how long it will last and when it will finish.

      Opening roof pergola louvres.


      At Opening Roof Specialists, we believe in complete transparency. When creating a new pergola with an opening roof, we’ll agree on the details of the project and the price right away. The price will depend on the work that needs to be done, as well as your budget.

      Don’t worry, though, our consultants will work with you on finding the best opening roof pergola for the best price. The price we agree on will be the price you pay in the end. You’ll always be informed of how we’re sticking to the budget and if it needs any slightest alterations to it. No matter the type of opening roof pergola, there are no surprises.

      Quality woodgrain aluminium roof louvres on opening roof pergola.

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      Our opening roof pergola is of the highest quality. With so many years of experience, we’ve figured out exactly which opening roof pergola are the best and strongly recommend them to our customers. This addition to your home might be a pricey one, but it will be one for life.

      Thanks to our superior quality, you’ll only have to spend money once. Our opening roof pergola is an investment that pays off in the long run.