Nothing puts the, er, damper on a summer cookout faster than a late afternoon thunderstorm. Because of the city’s urban “heat island” effect and relative proximity to the Gulf Coast, Atlanta tends to have more than its share of downpours. But a new louvered patio system can keep your outdoor plans flexible. The Equinox Louvered Roof, introduced to the metro area last winter, can turn an open-air pergola into a waterproof shelter with the flip of a switch (or remote control). The solar-powered roof can even be installed in freestanding structures. Pricing starts at $45 per square foot. Visit equinoxroof.com for dealers.
This article originally appeared in the Summer 2015 issue of Atlanta Magazine’s HOME.