Envision a gorgeous South Florida day, with brilliant sun cascading across your patio while you enjoy a refreshing cocktail with family and friends. Can you see the perfectly appointed outdoor furniture, hear the dinner sizzling in the outdoor kitchen, and feel the evening breeze beginning to kick up? If this sounds like your idea of a relaxing day in your outdoor living space, imagine your outdoor lifestyle with a modern, high-tech, luxury pergola able to control the sun and shade balance that can even block out the rain of an afternoon shower.
A pergola is the ideal patio cover in South Florida if you are looking to create shade and enjoy your patio, deck, pool deck or garden in any weather condition. The insulated roof of a modern all-aluminum pergola protects from harmful UV rays, while also enabling control of the amount of sun and shadow on the patio, as well as temperature regulation in your outdoor living space. Designed to stand up to heavy winds and repel the frequent deluge of afternoon rain, our pergolas bring an architectural style to your covered patio space.
Aluminum pergolas offer innumerable design options to compliment any type of architecture, from Gilded Age glitz of Palm Beach to art deco charms of South Beach Miami. Modern pergolas can be fully customized to your unique outdoor living lifestyle.
This comprehensive buyer’s guide to South Florida pergolas will help you explore all the stylish design options, modern functionalities, and unique customizations that SYZYGY Global can bring to your next outdoor renovation project.
Let’s start with the basics. Pergolas are outdoor living structures erected over a patio, deck, garden or pool deck. Usually open on the sides, the roof of the pergola is supported by columns allowing air to circulate through the patio and maintain an open and airy view throughout the property.
The pergola roof can be designed in several styles. A solid fixed roof design is ideal for creating full-time shade on the deck, while a motorized adjustable louvered roof will allow precise control over the sun/shade balance. Leveraging a unique gapless louver design, our pergolas close to completely seal the rain during afternoon showers, and can even incorporate smart technology to automate the roof operations. Modern pergolas can be outfitted with integrated features that bring the amenities of indoor entertainment to your outdoor living space with embedded LED lighting, patio fans, retractable insect, sun or privacy screens, and much more.
Made from lightweight-yet-strong, high-quality aluminum, our pergolas can be erected on the ground over a patio, on a deck to delineate portions of the outdoor space, on a pool deck to create shade at the water’s edge, or even on a roof deck for all-weather protection of your panoramic views. Each of our pergolas are coated in high-quality heavy-duty, powder coatings that are designed to stand up to the blazing sun, humidity, and rain conditions here in South Florida.
While pergola roof options are truly smart home features today, the pergola has evolved over centuries from its humble origins in the ancient world. Combining functionality and beautiful aesthetics, pergolas are seen throughout history and maintain their popularity as a stylish addition to any home.
Historically, pergolas were born of functional need. In ancient Egypt, pergolas were erected to block the powerful desert sun. Often made of wood, stone, or brick, evidence of these ancient pergolas still dot the Egyptian landscape.
By the peak of the Roman Empire, pergolas were commonplace in homes, bathhouses, and grand estates. Monstrous pergolas built of stone and marble still mark historic sites throughout the once sprawling Roman Empire. Even the humblest of homes and community bathhouses often featured pergolas. Pergolas provided some privacy for Romans to change from their robes and slip into the baths. They were also a destination for community life.
It was in the Roman bathhouses where the pergola became part of every Roman’s daily life. The bathhouses were more than just a place to practice self-care. They were the center of Roman social and political life where people socialized with friends and entertained business and political deals. As technology advanced and bathing moved from the bathhouses to private homes, pergolas evolved as a dedicated space in the home for relaxation.
While Roman pergolas were designed to be functional spaces, only the most elite families would have well-adorned pergola spaces. The rise of the Renaissance throughout Europe took that style and luxury to a new level, particularly in Italy. The inflection of art in every structure saw 17th century pergolas featuring smooth pillars supporting intricately appointed roofs, all designed to exemplify the status of their owners.
Spend an afternoon with a watchful eye on the modern pergolas being constructed throughout South Florida and you will see many of these historic design elements combined with modern materials and home design aesthetics. Sleek freestanding solid-roofed pergolas create a luxurious shaded space on the pool deck reminiscent of the Roman baths throughout the historic districts of Gold Coast. In neighborhoods known for their modernistic design, advanced adjustable louvered roof pergolas are interwoven with all types of architecture, either as standalone structures or as a pergola attached to the home. With modern engineering practices, modern materials, and centuries of design inspiration, the pergola has become the pinnacle of outdoor living.
Today's pergolas are unique among other patio covers like gazebos, awnings, etc. They create all-weather protection similar to other alternatives without restricting your view. They also bring a host of luxury features to your Palm Beach outdoor living space. Our pergola's adjustable louvered roof in particular are outliers in the pergola market in that they are the only models capable of completely blocking out the rain. Additionally, with the assistance of some embedded sensor technology, our pergolas create protection autonomously.
All-weather features include:
When envisioning a rainproof pergola, many people still think of traditional fixed slatted roof structures incapable of blocking rain, but the innovative louvered roof systems built into our motorized pergolas feature a unique gapless louver design. Sealing tightly when closed, the gapless louvered pergola roof captures all the rain without annoying drips interrupting your patio relaxation. An integrated hidden gutter system then all rainwater away through gutters embedded in its support columns.
While louver operations can be controlled with handheld remote, smartphone, voice controls, or the addition of an optional embedded rain sensor, the pergola can function fully autonomously. This sensor-equipped, smart pergola will monitor for showers, and automatically close its louvered roof at the first sign of rain.
Our high-quality pergolas are fabricated from advanced aluminum, powder coated for durability in South Florida’s humid and rainy climate. Each customized pergola is also engineered to stand up to the extreme winds common here. One of the features that enables wind resistance for both freestanding pergolas and those attached to the home is another autonomous sensor feature. When constructing a pergola, it is necessary to buffer against potentially damaging high winds. By incorporating a smart wind sensor, our pergolas watch for high wind gusts and autonomously open the louvered roof to mitigate damage from potentially-harmful updrafts.
The sun’s powerful rays in South Florida not only turn an uncovered patio into a massive heat-absorbing slab of stone, but also can be damaging to our skin as well. While it's essential to get your daily dose of vitamin D from some sun exposure, an adjustable louvered roof pergola will allow you to precisely manage the sun/shade balance on your patio. Our bioclimatic pergolas allow you to open the louvered roof to allow full sun to reach the patio. Then, as the sun creeps higher, you can partially close the louvers to create shade for your patio. With full control over sun/shade balance, you can keep your covered patio at the ideal temperature throughout the day.
One of the key features that separate adjustable louvered roof pergolas from other static roof patio covers is the ability to control the louvers. This not only impacts the sun/shade balance as mentioned above, but also allows you to control the air circulation on your patio, deck, or pool deck. Opening the louvered roof creates a natural vortex that pulls fresh air through the pergola. This circulation can be particularly cooling amid the humid days of summer. Our automated pergolas can even be equipped with a thermo sensor that tracks rising temperatures to automatically open the louvers as temperatures climb to help promote airflow.
Adding a pergola to your home in Palm Beach is a great way to bring some added style to your outdoor living space. It also expands your entertainment options, and positions your home to stand out from the rest of the neighborhood. Some additional benefits include:
Adding a patio cover to your backyard delivers an instant architectural accent to your outdoor space. The structure itself can be customized to match any color you can imagine, or even feature faux wood grains for a rustically chic look. Our pergolas are also designed with all of the assembly hardware hidden from view, so the exterior of the structure displays sleek lines that compliment any architectural style.
Our modern pergolas offer you the flexibility to create privacy on your patio. Sometimes the open style of a patio cover in Palm Beach is the perfect feel for an afternoon. If you have nearby neighbors or your home abuts a public beach, you may want the ability to shut out the outside world too. We can design your custom screened-in pergola with motorized retractable privacy screens that roll up into the pergola frame when not in use. For a more permanent level of privacy, fixed privacy walls can be fabricated from louvered panels that still promote airflow or solid panels that can house artwork or a wall of greenery to bring some landscaping right into the patio.
A pergola will instantly elevate your outdoor cooking and dining space. With the all-weather protection of high-end pergolas, a fully-appointed outdoor kitchen becomes a destination even during the tranquil afternoon showers of South Florida. When designing a pergola to accommodate live-fire cooking, our design teams will ensure the pergola height is perfectly suited to your ventilation needs to allow smoke, ash and heat to escape the covered patio. Controlling the sun and shade balance also means you and your guests are supremely comfortable dining in the midday heat.
Transforming your backyard, garden, patio, or pool deck into a functional and beautiful addition to your home will instantly boost its curb appeal. Outdoor cooking spaces and covered outdoor kitchen or entertainment spaces are increasingly on the must-have list for home shoppers too. So, whether you are looking to simply impress the neighbors or looking to position your home for future sale, a modern, high-tech pergola will deliver the style and functionality to elevate your home’s curb appeal.
If you are looking for the finest pergolas on the market, look no further than our manufacturing partner, Azenco. The company precision crafts each of our custom-designed pergolas to order at its facility in Miami, FL. Azenco uses only the finest quality aluminum, and highest-quality powder coatings in fabrication. Leveraging high-tech robot cutting machines, each custom extruded aluminum segment is first assembled at the Azenco factory to check its fit and fittings before being delivered to our project sites for expert installation.
The motorized adjustable louvered roof R-Blade features a gapless louver design which makes it the only louvered roof pergola on the market capable of sealing out rain when its roof is closed. Some other unique strengths of this product include:
Controlling the louver adjustments, embedded LED lighting, patio fan, etc. on the R-Blade pergola is incredibly intuitive. The pergola can be controlled with a handheld remote or smartphone, or integrated with common smart home technology for voice control.
Adjusting the louvers allows one to control the sun/shade balance on their patio, while also manipulating the space between the louvers also to adjust airflow through the outdoor living area. As the louvers are closed, the space between them constricts, and the air flow accelerates to squeeze through its gaps. This effect allows you to keep your patio cool with even the mildest of summer breezes.
R-Blade is a completely modular pergola design, and is custom built to the specifications of your Palm Beach residential or commercial outdoor project. Whether your project calls for a small pergola by a rooftop pool, or a massive pergola to cover an outdoor restaurant patio, R-Bade can adapt to your unique needs.
R-Blade can be outfitted with an integrated sensor package that monitors the weather, and adjusts its louvered roof in real-time, making it a fully-autonomous, smart pergola. Sensor options include:
The R-Blade’s louvers allow you to enjoy 50% more light on your patio than other louvered pergolas on the market. Azenco also employs whisper-quiet electric motors to control the louver operations, so you barely hear them spin to life. The R-Blade also features a unique dual motor design that helps mitigate warping of the louvers over time, limiting the potential for leaking on the patio below.
The R-Blade support columns are fabricated with thermo-lacquered aluminum called Qualimarine® and Qualicoat. These top-notch materials ensure durability, and enable the pergola to withstand the harsh weather in South Florida. The louvers are also crafted from extruded aluminum laid as dual walls to improve weather resistance and create a perfect seal.
If you are considering adding a pergola to your home, restaurant, or country club in South Florida, our custom-designed Azenco R-Blade will provide the beauty, durability, and functionality that you seek.
The R-Shade pergola creates full-time shade for a patio, deck, or pool deck. Some of its key features include:
The R-Shade is the ideal poolside shade maker, with key features including:
A solid-roof pergola delivers the utmost protection from sun and rain while also imparting style and luxury to any patio. R-Shade is an instant upgrade to your deck or terrace. R-Shade’s embedded accessories bring many indoor amenities to the outdoor living space. With no visible assembly hardware and a hidden internal drainage system, the R-Shade delivers clean exterior lines to seamlessly fit any home’s architectural style.
The R-Shade insulated roof pergola vs a patio awning is built to last. Fabricated by our manufacturing partner, Azenco, at its factory in Miami, FL, R-Shade is built from the highest quality aluminum and powder coatings. R-Shade’s 60 mm thick roof panels are designed to stand up to the harsh sun without fading over time, and torrential rains without oxidation.
Bioclimatic pergolas allow you to make the most of your deck space whether constructed over an outdoor kitchen outdoor, dining area, a pool, or spa. The full-time shade created by R-Shade is an ideal space for hosting dinner parties, relaxing with an afternoon cocktail or unwinding with the family. Outfitted with stylish outdoor furniture, a poolside pergola offers bathers a place to get out of the sun, while building a patio cover transforms your backyard into a luxury resort.
If you are looking for the comfort and style of a modern pergola without the hassle and expense of obtaining pergola permits, the K-Bana modular cabana is the ideal solution. Easily scalable from a simple 8x8 to expansive 12x12-foot cabana. The aluminum cabana design also allows completely customized footprints. K-Bana’s roof and walls can be solid aluminum panels, fixed louvered panels, or sliding louvered panels. With K-Bana, a luxury resort-style cabana can be added to your yard, deck, pool deck, or private beach.
Some features of the K-Bana include:
Carports are a popular home design feature in South Florida, offering protection for your vehicle from sun, rain, and storms. The R-Car Carport offers a stylish way to keep your car from baking in the sun, so the inside stays cool when you sit down. As a standalone or wall-mounted structure, R-Car keeps you dry when loading and unloading the vehicle during routine afternoon rain showers, and provides protection from hail, debris, and other potentially damaging storms.
Here are some of the characteristics of the R-Car:
Whether you are looking to add a terrace shelter to your home or an all-weather patio cover to your restaurant’s outdoor dining area, SYZYGY Global has the expert design and installation experience to ensure your project is top notch.
Most pergola projects will require local permitting before construction can begin, and having a team to help you navigate this maze is imperative. Each county in South Florida has slightly different codes regulating outdoor structures, so it’s important to work with a pergola design team and installation team familiar with the various idiosyncrasies of ever-evolving codes throughout the region.
Here are some examples of the pergola installations SYZYGY Global can create for you:
One of the best ways to upgrade your home’s outdoor living space is to add a patio cover. While basic patio covers like sun sails or umbrellas create shade on the patio, the modern smart pergola brings a new level of sophistication to your patio. A modern all-weather pergola from SYZYGY Global not only creates shade, but also protects the patio during rain showers, so you can host outdoor dinner parties, relax with family, or practice outdoor yoga all under your pergola. SYZYGY Global’s residential installation options include:
1. Freestanding Pergolas
A freestanding pergola is a great way to create shade in the middle of a yard, a pool deck, or overlooking the beach. Supported by four support columns, the motorized adjustable louvered roof provides full control of over the sun/shade balance, or can close tightly to seal out the rain.
2. Wall-Mounted Pergolas
A pergola attached to the home is supported by two columns and anchored to the home’s exterior wall to create a seamless indoor/outdoor living space. A wall-mounted pergola can feature an adjustable louvered roof or a fixed solid roof to create full-time shade. Adding an integrated fan beam allows the roof to support patio fans or LED lighting with hidden wiring.
3. Poolside Pergola
Whether freestanding or wall-mounted, a pergola is the ideal poolside retreat that brings an element of architectural style to the wide-open pool deck. The poolside pergola can be designed with motorized retractable privacy screens to offer a changing space for guests or to block the sun as it lowers on the horizon. The shaded space on the pool deck is also a great way to find respite from the sun’s harsh damaging rays.
4. Covered Outdoor Kitchen
Fully-outfitted outdoor kitchens are all the rage right now. Modern outdoor kitchens go well beyond a simple grill on the patio. Now you are likely to find all the amenities of an indoor kitchen with refrigeration, wood-fired ovens, smokers, and hot and cold water sinks. A modern all-weather pergola will ensure any outdoor meals and preparation are uninterrupted from unexpected showers, and keep your guests cool while they watch the show.
5. Outdoor Carport
Constructed on the driveway, either as a standalone carport or attached to the home, a carport will protect your prized vehicle from the harsh sun and rain. Not only will the car be cooler when you climb in, but you can also stay dry when heading out for a drive during South Florida’s notorious downpours. Adding retractable screens can also hide the vehicle from passersby, and the height of the pergola carport can scale to accommodate an RV or boat.
A pergola is a great way for commercial customers to protect outdoor seating areas, parking spaces, entryways, etc. Commercial projects of such grand scale require an especially experienced contractor, which is why SYZYGY Global has become the commercial pergola expert in South Florida.
Here are some commercial installation projects SYZYGY Global can handle for your business:
1. Outdoor Restaurant Bars and Terraces
Outdoor dining spaces can be massive profit-drivers for restaurants, especially here in South Florida. But, to ensure that added seating is ready to drive business, it needs to be usable regardless of the heat of the day or the passing afternoon shower. Adding a restaurant pergola to an outdoor dining space provides just that protection. Plus, the pergola brings a new level of style and comfort to patio dining. With sensor-controlled louvers built-in, a motorized louvered roof pergola can open and close autonomously as the weather changes.
2. Outdoor Areas for Country Clubs
An all-weather pergola is not only perfect for outdoor dining spaces at country clubs, but can also be used to protect other revenue-driving spaces. For example, adding sun and rain protection to a golf practice facility makes the space accessible to members regardless of weather. Staying cooler in the shade will keep members on the range for longer too. With the addition of high-tech interactive games, these covered driving bays can even host small gatherings for parties, weddings, etc.
3. Covered Entryways
Incorporating fixed-roof pergolas to the entryway of a restaurant, country club, or office building allows arriving guests to disembark their vehicles in cool comfort protected from the rain. An entryway pergola can take on any size, shape, and design to cover a single doorway or encompass a massive arrival zone with a stylish porte-cochère. SYZYGY Global is able to fully customize pergolas to seamlessly fit the existing building exterior, and even wrap through walkways to reach the entrance.
4. Covered Pool Deck Space for Resorts
Resorts throughout South Florida, from Miami Beach to West Palm Beach, are travel destinations for sun seekers looking to relax by the pool. Keeping guests comfortable with shade structures on the pool deck not only improves the guest experience, but also keeps revenue flowing to poolside bars, restaurants, and services. An all-weather pergola can be customized to create massive sweeping shade areas or smaller aluminum cabanas with privacy screens for guests.
5. Commercial Condominium Common Areas
Commercial condo associations thrive here in South Florida, and competition for residents can often be decided by the amenities the condo offers. Associations with covered outdoor living spaces can find a strategic advantage in this market by offering protected outdoor relaxation spaces, cooking stations, and covered rooftop decks.
6. Outdoor Area for Office Buildings
Tenants seeking commercial office spaces are often looking for their headquarters to make an impression on visitors and staff. Covered outdoor relaxation spaces can provide space for employees to enjoy a lunch outdoors and out of the sun. The dramatic design aesthetics of a modern pergola in a building courtyard can demonstrate to visitors that elegant businesses choose to do business with similar surroundings.
7. Outdoor Area for Malls
Outdoor shopping malls have numerous needs for covered outdoor spaces from outdoor dining, and covered parking spaces, to shaded spaces for shoppers to take a break or wait out a passing storm. Strategically placed pergolas through the mall property can keep shoppers frequenting the mall's retail vendors longer and more frequently. They also add a unique design element to the grounds.