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Everything You Need to Know About a Pergola Roof

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Jason Herring
Chief Executive Officer
June 1, 2022
UPDATED May 8, 2023

Pergola roof ideas are very popular with home designers because they offer a lot of design flexibility with differing roof styles. Today’s modern pergolas can be designed with a fixed insulated roof that creates full-time shade, or a louvered pergola roof that allows complete control over the sun/shade balance. These innovative structures can be built with manual louvered pergola roofs that not only adjust to create the perfect amount of shade, but also close tightly to block out the rain. Leveraging advanced aluminum construction materials also opens a world of customizations and luxury features, from style accents to intuitive opening and closing based on weather.

As you look to choose the best pergola roof for your outdoor living space, a basic understanding of how these roof options stack up will be helpful as you work with your contracting partner to embark on redesigning your outdoor living space.

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Modern Pergola Roofing Material Options

Historically, the pergola roof has been fabricated from an array of materials, from stone and marble to wood and vinyl kits. The most advanced pergolas, though, are crafted from aluminum and treated with a durable powder coating. The powder coating can be color matched to fit any exterior color schemes, and even coated in a wood grain for a more elegant look. These advanced powder coatings protect against the blazing sun and regular rain showers here in South Florida. As a fabrication material, extruded aluminum can also be customized in an array of roof design options.

Insulated Roof Pergolas

The first pergola roof option made possible by aluminum construction is a fixed, insulated roof made from sandwiched panels. The fixed-panel design is ideal when full-time shade is desired, and contemporary visual appeal is needed to fit seamlessly with any architectural style. The fixed pergola roof is ideal for outdoor living spaces housing electronics like outdoor TVs or movie projectors. In larger outdoor spaces, a hybrid design can be created with a fixed panel segment surrounded by adjustable louvered roof zones for utmost flexibility.

Adjustable Louvered Roofs

Where modern aluminum pergola design really shines is in adjustable louvered pergola roofs. These roofs feature inline louvers which can open and close to control the amount of sun reaching the patio, and also close completely to create full shade or seal out rain. The flexibility allows homeowners to go from enjoying a tanning session under their pergola to an evening meal amidst a rain shower. Keep in mind that not all pergola louvers are created equal. The pergolas we design with our fabrication partner, Azenco, feature a unique dual-walled, gapless louver design that ensures every drop of rain is captured and diverted away from your outdoor space. 

Louvered roof pergolas rely on whisper-quiet motors to open and close the roof. These controls can be as simple as a handheld remote, or as smart as sensors to automatically control the motorized louvered roof. We can build an array of weather-monitoring sensors into your pergola that will autonomously control the roof. A rain sensor will watch for showers, and automatically close the roof at the first sign of rain. Wind sensors can also be added to monitor heavy gusts or storms that could damage the pergola, and automatically open the pergola roof to safeguard against damaging updrafts.

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Creative Ways to Accessorize Your New Pergola Roof

Whether you decide a fixed-roof pergola is the best solution for your new outdoor living space, or select a dynamic adjustable louvered roof design, you’ll also want to consider how you’d like to accessorize your pergola roof. There are many convenience amenities as well as style options that can be integrated into your pergola roof, including:

  • Accent Colors for the Pergola Roof – As mentioned above, your aluminum pergola’s exterior powder coating can be color matched to any hue you can find, or even coated in several wood grains. This means the pergola columns and roof frame can be a single base color, like white, bronze or black, and the roof sections can carry a unique color to provide a stylistic accent for the space. Leveraging a wood grain coating on the louvers will lend a warm and natural look to the outdoor living space. Alternatively, adding a black pergola to the patio, and color matching the louver coating to that of the home helps the new structure look like it was part of the original architecture.
  • Bring Some Landscaping into the Covered Patio – When adding a new covered outdoor living space, you can fully integrate the new structure with your surrounding landscaping by customizing the pergola roof frame. Creating a flow from the landscaping into the outdoor living space is one of the key principles of landscape design. Plantings can be housed in large planters or an array of multi-sized pots. If you chose a louvered pergola roof, you can simply open the roof to allow the rain to water the plants. Some designers will suggest you attach external lattice work to the pergola to allow climbing vines to train onto the pergola. However, we do not recommend this practice, as it can seriously complicate your pergola maintenance demands. Any of those vines that make their way into the pergola motors or internal workings can cause real damage.
  • Embedded Amenities Hidden in the Pergola Roof – Both fixed-roof and louvered roof aluminum pergolas can be designed to include some truly luxurious convenience accessories. Motorized retractable screens can be integrated with the pergola roof, allowing you to roll down the shades for added privacy. Depending on the density of the material selected, the screens can block the sunlight, or create a sheer veil around the patio. LED lighting can be embedded in the pergola roof, making the space more accessible in the dark, and allowing you to control the evening ambiance. Other embedded amenities can include patio fans, AC power outlets, outdoor TVs, and more. Ultimately, these luxury amenities have been key contributors to our high customer satisfaction ratings.
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Expert Design and Installation Is a Must

Today’s advanced pergolas can be complex structures with plentiful design options, so choosing the right design-build contractor to work with will be an important decision that ensures your new pergola meets your expectations. Here at SYZYGY Global, we have had the honor of working with plenty of amazing homeowners, and our industry expertise has made us the preferred partners of many commercial restaurants and country clubs in South Florida. 

Regardless of the pergola contractor you choose to work with, there are some key factors to consider in choosing your design and installation partner. References will also be important in your decision process, so make sure to review testimonials on a curated review site like Google Reviews. Also, plan to visit the contractor’s past projects. This will allow you to see the quality of their work, and hear first-hand what it was like to work with them. Finally, make sure to select a contractor with local expertise. Building codes and permitting processes vary from city to city, county to county, and a contractor skilled in navigating the regulatory process will save significant time in the execution of your pergola project. 

Pergola Roof: In Conclusion

A pergola roof can range from quite a simplistic design to an innovative, high-tech structure that truly upgrades any outdoor pergola. When selecting the ideal roof for your pergola, consider how you plan to use your new outdoor space. Drop us a line to explore all the style and functionality that can be included in your new patio pergola. 

Jason Herring
Chief Executive Officer
Jason Herring is the owner, CEO, and founder of SYZYGY Global. With a background in finance and software, he is a serial entrepreneur known for his hyper attention to detail. Jason's expertise lies in developing future visions and growth strategies for his company, as well as implementing efficient processes and operational strategies. He excels at building strong relationships and enjoys actively engaging with clients. Jason's leadership has propelled SYZYGY Global to success, making him a respected figure in the business world.
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