Pergola Roof Ideas and Designs

6 July 2023
Daniel Brits

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.

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