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Pergola roofs and ideas
One of the best ways to make your outdoor living space stand out is by incorporating a pergola roof. Pergolas are structures that can be used as shade, decoration or both. They come in many different shapes and sizes, and they are all constructed with beams that support slanted or flat roofs.
This article will cover 5 different types of pergola roofs you might want to consider for your next project!
5 Pergola roof ideas and designs
Polycarbonate roofs are lightweight and easy to install
To get the most of your outdoor space, it’s important to protect against inclement weather. A good way is by adding polycarbonate roofing and considering ceiling lights which will allow you to use even if it is raining.
If your budget allows … a solution could be to attach some eye-catching light architecture for pergolas over your beams so the canopy is still bright, protects you from harmful UV rays. Ask us about our green and durable roofing for your terrace.
If you have a patio area, consider adding some louvre roofing for cover
A pergola design with an adjustable louvre roof is perfect for those who want the best of both worlds. The roof can be opened to let in natural light and ventilation, or closed to provide shade and protection from the elements.
The sleek design comes with an easily adjustable crankhandle, making it simple to open and close the panels with an easy turn of the handle, depending on the weather.
We think the steel and aluminium frame in cool grey colour is ideal for contemporary spaces. Pair with a modern sofa or some wicker furniture and a streamlined coffee table to finish the sophisticated scene.
One of our customers sent us this photo of his pergola design that Awning Warehouse installed on his patio! We love how it looks!
Retractable canvas shades will keep pergolas usable year-round
In this design, all you need to do is use the pulley to fold the canvas shade neatly to one side if you want more sunshine. The cream colour makes a chic contrast against the grey metal, too. And, when the colder weather hits, the canvas can be removed and stored somewhere safe to prolong its lifetime.
Many people like to relax with a nice book or enjoy their morning coffee in the fresh air in their outdoor structure.
And then there are those that like to spend countless hours working on projects and need plenty of natural light shining through. No matter what your reason is, you can maximize an outdoor living space by adding pergolas with retractable canvas shades!
This retractable awning provides a great space for outdoor living and entertaining guests
If you are looking to improve your garden/yard by adding a pergola for some additional living/entertaining space, we have many retractable awnings with innovative styles on offer!
Retractable roofs have come so far, they can be used anywhere to help protect your outdoor living space from the elements. This sleek design looks both modern and clean lined at the same time! It’s great for those who want their pergolas to go with any style of décor.
Retractable roofs are also great for people who don’t have a lot of storage space or live in areas that experience varying weather!
Another smart way is to incorporate lighting into your pergola design is by adding these gorgeous garden lanterns. They’re perfect for creating a romantic atmosphere and are sure to add some extra charm to your pergola.
An idea … you can make an outdoor room more comfy by adding an area rug, cushions, and lighting to create a cosy/comfortable area to be in.
Plus, the retractable awnings come in a variety of colours so you can choose the perfect awning to match your existing décor.
Adding natural light is key to any outdoor living space!
Retractable awnings are perfect for outdoor enthusiasts who want easy access to their pool but still want overhead protection.
A pergola can be used year-round for shade decoration and protection. Retractable roofs make it easy to adjust depending on weather conditions, while also adding extra tension with side panels that are perfect for protecting you from wind gusts! They’re lightweight so they won’t take up too much space when not in use, but still provide plenty of shelter during rain storms. Retractable roofs are also great for anyone who doesn’t have a lot of storage space or, if you live in an area where the weather changes drastically. Remote control is ideal because you’ll never again need to step outside into bad weather just to close your roof!
All these benefits mean one thing … pergolas with retractable screens are the perfect addition to any patio!
People everywhere are beginning to see the benefits of retractable awing technology. Retractable fabric canopies have come so far that they can be used anywhere as an effective means of protecting your outdoor living space.
Pergola frequently asked questions
What angle should a pergola roof be?
Pergolas can be designed in a variety of ways to fit your specific needs. The traditional 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 and leading to potential damage, instead, it will help it to drain away. The amount of slope needed depends on how large your pergola is (the larger the roof, the higher angle you’ll need) and also on whether or not your pergola has side panels. If you want to increase the angle of your pergola roof, but are unsure how much is needed for your design, it’s always safest to start at a lower angle and work up from there as you can easily adjust by adding or removing roofing materials.
What is the best roof for a pergola?
A pergola is a versatile addition to any outdoor space, the best roof for it will depend on your individual style and budget. An attachable canvas awning is one of the more affordable choices, and it’s versatile too – you can pick from a variety of hues to suit your garden colour schemes. They’re also ideal for controlling the level of shade, especially if they can be pulled open and closed.
A pergola can be used year-round for shade, decoration and protection. Microcell with increased durability and thermal insulation roofs make it easy to adjust depending on weather conditions, while also adding extra options with side (cladding) panels that are perfect for protecting you from wind gusts! They’re lightweight so they won’t take up too much space when not in use, but still provide plenty of shelter during rain storms.
Microcell Polycarbonate roofing is also great for anyone who doesn’t have a lot of storage space or lives in an area where the weather changes drastically.
A Louvre roof is a smart option for a pergola roof. Louvre roofs are more costly but have the benefits of being adjustable, allowing airflow when needed, and in some cases, are water-tight when closed. ‘Optional windproof screens (polycarbonate cladding), ambient LED perimeter lighting (translucent interiors) and instant infra-red heaters provide the ultimate luxury, all-weather, outdoor living space that gives you complete control of your pergola.
With so many options, you’re sure to find the perfect Louvre roof for your needs!
What about upgrading an existing pergola?
Upgrading an existing pergola to look like a modern pergola with a new polycarbonate roof can be an easy way 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. It is our pleasure to combine these materials into a pergola structure.
Benefits and considerations for pergolas.
Pergolas are a great way to add the feeling of an outdoor room to your backyard. A Pergola can be used for shade, decoration and protection (microcell technology), all while adding extra options with side (cladding) panels that protect you from wind gusts! They’re lightweight so they won’t take up too much space when not in use, but still provide plenty of shelter during rain storms!
Pergolas come in a variety of materials, but most prefer wood and brick are the most popular. You can also add LED lights to really make your Pergola stand out at night! There are many different Pergola designs to choose from, so you’re sure to find one that fits your backyard perfectly. Plus, Pergolas provide more privacy than traditionally mounted decks, making them the perfect place for relaxing after a long day. They’re also very durable, meaning they’ll last for years to come!
Looking for more reasons to love Awning Warehouse products and services? Check out this video of our new line of roofing that can fit onto a pergola.