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Pergolas Make Ideal Windy Decks Solutions for Palm Beach County

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Jason Herring
January 25 2022

Renowned for our long sun-soak days, Florida’s Gold Coast is an international haven for coastal relaxation. Along our golden shores, elegant mansions and hotels touch some of the most sought-after beaches in the world. The unpredictability of the weather in Palm Beach County is almost as well-known as its famous residents. For homeowners looking to create some respite from the heat and routine afternoon showers, a flexible outdoor living space is a requirement. No outdoor structure can provide the combined protection from the sun, rain and wind quite like a pergola, especially one with an adjustable louvered roof

When building pergolas for windy areas like Palm Beach Florida, there are several engineering and design challenges that will need to be addressed to ensure the structure can make the most of your relaxation time regardless of the blazing sun, saturating rain or aggressive wind storms.

Challenge: Selecting Materials Ready for High Winds

Pergolas can be built from a wide array of materials such as wood and vinyl, but SYZYGY Global always recommends lightweight-yet-strong aluminum. Aluminum pergolas deliver sleek exterior lines that can accent any type of Palm Beach architecture. With a high-quality powder coating, our pergola projects can be customized to match any exterior colors, even textured with simulated woodgrain. The durable exterior powder coating is formulated to stand up to the daily blast of sun, as well as the regular rain and humidity of South Florida.

Challenge: Choosing a Pergola That’s Ready for Sun, Rain and High Winds

When it comes to selecting the style of roof for your pergola, there are a few options. Pergolas can be constructed as standalone structures to establish a separate entertainment space away from the home, or attached to the home for a seamless indoor/outdoor entertainment space. If full-time shade is the preference on your patio or pool deck then an insulated fixed roof pergola is an option, but we almost always recommend an automated adjustable louvered roof pergola for its sheer flexibility. 

With a motorized louvered roof, homeowners can adjust the amount of shade under the pergola as the sun dances across its daily path. The customized pergolas which SYZYGY Global employs are also the only models on the market which can close those louvers to totally seal out the rain. So, even when Palm Beach’s notorious heavy rains build, you can still enjoy the magically-tranquil showers from the respite of your pergola. While push-button controls are easy to use, the system can also be completely automated with rain sensors that close the roof at the first sign of rain without you having to put down your rosé.

Challenge: Designing Your Pergolas for Windy Areas

All pergola projects are subject to local building code requirements which require patio covers like pergolas to be designed for durability. This means that all SYZYGY Global pergola projects are site-specific engineered. These site-specific demands will be based on the location of the pergola on the property, the soil on which the footings will be placed, and the unique code requirements for your given area. So, an inland pergola might require specialized footings for wet areas while windy decks solutions could necessitate other engineering solutions.

Challenge: Be Ready for the Hurricane Season

While ensuring the pergola structure is engineered and installed properly is an absolute necessity, there are additional design elements which can make sure your pergola is ready for hurricane season. One of the reasons the SYZYGY team recommends the adjustable louvered roof pergola design, is because of its performance in high wind storms. Simply opening the louvers in high winds can eliminate most of the force exerted from dangerous updrafts, helping to prevent damage to the pergola roof and structure. 

While these storm preparations can be done manually, adding an embedded sensor array to your louvered roof pergola can completely automate the operation of the louvered roof for true peace of mind. With an embedded wind sensor constantly monitoring the weather, as soon as the winds reach potentially-damaging speeds, the sensor will trigger the motorized louvers to open to minimize the updrafts. 

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With the proper engineering, installation and automated systems, our adjustable louvered roof pergola is built to last. If you would like to explore bringing some style and functionality to your Palm Beach pergola, deck, patio or pool deck, we have the perfect product for your needs.

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