Pergolas and other outdoor architectural structures can provide an interesting look & feel but frequently do not provide the amount of blockage from the sun or elements that is desired.
A variety of design approaches can be used to address this issue, including coverage on existing pergola structures or creation of new stand-alone or attached ‘pergola-like’ structures.
Pergola top-covers can be fabricated that go on top of an existing pergola structure. These can be as simple as a piece of fabric that is stretched over the top of the pergola – or an added framework constructed on which a fabric is attached. These approaches typically are put up in the spring and removed in the fall, but sometimes they get used year round.
Retractable approaches on existing Pergolas: There are a number of retractable designs, including panels of fabric in tracks that nestle between the pergola rafters, or larger track based retractable awnings that can hang below the pergola and provide broader coverage and some amount of rain protection. Most of these systems accordion in-out as desired. Occasionally we install a lateral arm roller retractable awning above a pergola to extend out over it as desired.
Retractable Roof: We also can provide a product that is more like a retractable roof (See our Retractable All Weather Structures product page). These come in two styles … either an interlocking aluminum blade system – where the blades rotate to be open (like a typical pergola) or close to provide sun and rain coverage. The other style is a fabric structure that runs on its own integrated Post and Rail track system. When projected, the fabric is pulled out along track-rails until it is fully taught. It can be designed with an integrated guttering system and stands up to the wind and weather much better than the Lateral arm roller retractables which don't typically have posts or rails for support.
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