Pergola Roof Ideas and Designs

Pergola roofs are versatile structures that provide shade and decoration in various shapes and sizes. In this article we look at different types of pergola roofs to suit your next outdoor living space project.

1. Polycarbonate Roofs

Polycarbonate roofs offer lightweight, easy installation and protection against inclement weather. Consider adding ceiling lights to brighten the interior on dark, rainy days or when entertaining in your outdoor living space in the evening.

*There is also a selection of eye-catching designer light fittings specially designed for pergolas, and you can also inquire about our green and durable roofing options available for terraces.

2. Adjustable Louvre Roof

If you have a patio area, consider louvre roofing because it offers the best of both worlds. Louvre roofing can be opened to provide natural light and ventilation, or kept closed to provide shade and protection from the elements.

The sleek design comes with an easily adjustable crank shaft, making it simple to open and close the panels with a handle that turns easily.

We think the steel and aluminium frame in cool grey is ideal for contemporary spaces. Pair this with a modern sofa or wicker furniture and a streamlined coffee table to finish the sophisticated scene.

One of our customers sent us this photo of his Awning Warehouse pergola installed on his patio! We love how it looks!

3. Retractable Canvas Awnings

Retractable canvas awnings transform outdoor living spaces into year-round usage.

In this design, all you have to do is use the pulley to fold the canvas shade neatly to one side. When your outdoor space is not in use during cold winter months, the canvas can be removed and stored. This will prolong its life.

These versatile structures provide the perfect combination of shade and sunlight, allowing you to enjoy your outdoor space all year round. With a retractable canvas shade, you can easily adjust the amount of light and heat that enters your pergola, making it an ideal spot for entertaining guests or simply unwinding after a long day. And because pergolas are made from durable materials like wood or metal, they can withstand harsh weather conditions and last for years. So, whether you’re looking to create a cosy outdoor retreat or a functional workspace, pergolas with retractable canvas shades are the perfect addition to any home. Retractable awnings are available in a wide range of colours, enabling you to seamlessly blend your indoor/outdoor décor design.

Frequently Asked Questions

What angle should a pergola roof be?

Pergolas can be tailored to fit specific needs. Traditionally, the pergola roof is at a 90-degree angle from the posts but if you have a permanent solid roof on top of your design, or one that can close to create a solid surface, then you may want to opt for a slight angle by increasing the height of the structure at one end. This will prevent rainwater from pooling in the middle that can cause potential damage. The slope needed depends on how large your pergola is (the larger the roof area, the higher angle you’ll need) and whether or not your pergola has side panels.

What is the best roof for a pergola?

A detachable canvas awning is one of the more affordable and versatile choices. You can select from a wide colour palette range to suit your interior and garden themes. Canvas awnings are also ideal for controlling the required light, ventilation, and shade. Additional options like side panels (cladding), windproof screens (polycarbonate cladding), ambient LED perimeter lighting and instant infra-red heaters, all add to the overall luxury of this outdoor living space. Microcell canvas increases durability and thermal insulation. These lightweight canvas structures can be stored when not in use, adding to the lifespan of your pergola.

What about upgrading an existing pergola?

A new polycarbonate roof can upgrade an existing pergola. It is an easy option to improve the look and function of your outdoor living space. A solid and waterproof roof will provide shelter from the sun (microcell technology) and rain, while a screened roof will keep bugs out and allow you to enjoy the outdoors even on those pesky mosquito-filled nights.


Pergolas are a great way to incorporate the indoor/outdoor flow to your home. Pergolas are available in a variety of materials, as well as optional extras to elevate the comfort and level of outdoor living luxury. They are also available in a variety of designs and can be tailor-made to suit individual needs.

If you are looking for more reasons to love Awning Warehouse products and services, check out this video that showcases our new line of pergola roofing.

Awning Warehouse Offers Adjustable Louvres, Pergolas and Retractable Awnings for Outdoor Living Extensions

If you want to extend your outdoor living area, there is nothing to beat the service and range of products offered by Awning Warehouse, a Johannesburg-based roofing solution company. Whether you are considering louvres, pergolas, or retractable awnings, Awning Warehouse has the ideal solution to transform under-utilised outdoor living spaces.

Why Choose Louvres?

Adjustable louvres are an ideal temperature-control outdoor roofing solution. Aluminium louvres are durable and allow you to control airflow and light. The louvres are designed and manufactured to meet international standards. With a simple manual or automatic adjustment of the louvres, you can filter thermal flow, keep out the rain or open up the night sky. The louvres have a baked enamel finish, guaranteed against chipping, peeling, or rusting, offering a long-life and maintenance-free roofing solution.

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Pergola Awnings

Pergola awnings are available in three different types of material to suit individual needs. Manufactured in aluminium, timber or imported canvas, pergola awnings are ideal for both private residences or commercially for businesses such as restaurants and pubs. The advantages of the canvas range of pergola awnings are that it is available in a wide variety of colours to suit individual aesthetic demands. The material is also professionally treated against fading and staining.

Retractable Awnings

Retractable awnings remain an ideal and popular solution for extending outdoor living areas.  Operated by a fold-arm mechanism, retractable awnings provide shelter and shade on balconies, decks, patios, pool areas and terraces. The retractable awning option offers a visually attractive enhancement that will increase the value of any property.

Appreciate Advanced Materials and Design

Awning Warehouse awnings are engineered with high-grade components, guaranteeing durability and quality. Awning Warehouse caters to the South African climate and is a leading South Africa supplier of retractable awnings, canvas awnings and other awning options.

Awning Solutions Company

Prerequisites for selecting the right awning company to enhance your outdoor living space are uncompromising standards of excellence, and a range of sophisticated products that stay abreast of changing market-place demands. This will ensure that your awnings will be flawlessly integrated into your property.

Awning can be a gorgeous extension of your home. By taking advantage of Awning Warehouse design team’s expertise, you can create a stunning indoor/outdoor environment that will add to the daily enjoyment of your property, as well as increasing its value.

 Awning solutions

Awning Warehouse offers an excellent and comprehensive range of products that allows you to control the creation of a luxurious outdoor lifestyle.  The superior quality products are designed and manufactured in South Africa, adhering to meticulous and industry-specific manufacturing sophistication. To cater for all budgets, the awning product range can be controlled either manually, or remotely, while also offering integrated LED lighting systems, downlights and spotlights.


Choosing an awnings company with excellence and sophistication in their team ensures seamless integration of the newly created outdoor living area into the rest of your home. Awning Warehouse offers a range of products that can be customised to suit your needs.

To get in touch with Awning Warehouse and discuss your requirements or receive friendly advice, you can contact them via email, phone call, or by completing the online Contact Us form on their website.

With years of first-hand experience in the field, Awning Warehouse has awnings to suit any shape or size and to meet budgetary constraints. The company offers the services of a professional installation team and caters for Do-It-Yourself (DIY) enthusiasts.

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