Opening pergola roof system


Providing the expertise this family business needed to turn their business goals into reality

When Sunscreen approached IDE with an idea to capitalise on a growing market segment and take control of their supply chain, we jumped at the chance to help these brothers grow their business.


Seizing your opportunities

Brothers Ben and Dave at Sunscreen identified that the market for opening pergola roofs was growing at rate which meant that this would soon become a major part of their pergola and patio business and a fantastic opportunity to increase sales. However, they were essentially purchasing opening roof systems from one of their major competitors, meaning poor profit margins and little control over supply of product, especially at busy times of the year.

They wanted to take control.


Engineering first principles

While the vision to design and build their own louvres and drive mechanism was driven by Sunscreen’s desire to make a better product and achieve better margins, they turned to IDE to support them with the technical expertise and design for manufacturing experience they needed to turn this vision into reality.

Research building standards

Supplier engagement, design for manufacture

Concept exploration and evaluation of drive mechanisms

Documenting and testing to specifications

Tolerance analysis


Supplier engagement

Cost analysis

Risk Assessment



Prototype testing

Prototype testing and evaluation

Prototype extrusion tooling to achieve representative parts

Verification testing against input requirements