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Pergolas with a View – Pros of a Pergola for the Rooftop

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Jason Herring
Chief Executive Officer
June 4, 2023
UPDATED June 26, 2023

The seaside communities that stretch through South Florida, from Port St. Lucie, through West Palm Beach and down to Miami, offer some of the most amazing ocean views in the nation. Homeowners here are always looking to maximize these views. For those homes that are not right on the beach, it has become extremely trendy to build elevated outdoor living spaces that allow unimpeded views to the horizon.

SYZYGY Global has designed many rooftop pergola projects for some of the most luxurious homes in the region. That experience has given us some unique insight into the benefits of a rooftop pergola, two-story pergola, or other outdoor living space constructed off the ground. If you are considering adding a new outdoor space to take advantage of these elevated views, here are some of the pros of an elevated pergola to consider.

Structural Demands of Rooftop Construction

Today’s modern aluminum pergolas are an ideal solution to create an all-weather relaxation space on a rooftop or any location above the ground. Leveraging this strong-yet-lightweight material means the pergola can often be constructed on a roof, balcony, or elevated deck without the need to reinforce the structure below. Also, any home addition constructed in South Florida will need to be engineered to withstand the gale force winds that impact our coastline each year. While this durability is necessary for pergolas built on the patio or pool deck, it becomes increasingly important when a pergola is more susceptible to winds on the rooftop.

Our design team has a great deal of experience in engineering pergolas to meet these structural demands and securing the necessary regulatory approvals for a hurricane-rated pergola. Often, we recommend homeowners looking to construct a pergola on the roof deck to choose our adjustable louvered roof design with integrated smart controls that monitor wind speeds and automatically open the roof when winds become too strong. This high-tech capability helps prevent potential damage from strong updrafts.

Rooftop Deck with a Pergola

Adding a pergola to a roof deck is a great way to fully utilize a space that would otherwise remain unused. Rooftop design ideas can range from simple shade structures for a sitting area to shaded outdoor workout spaces or fully customized outdoor kitchens. The rooftop pergola also serves as an excellent spot to enjoy an evening sunset or host a nighttime cocktail party.

For homeowners looking to get the most flexibility out of their rooftop outdoor living space, we often recommend some upgraded amenities for the pergola design. As mentioned earlier, an adjustable louvered roof design enhances the pergola’s wind resistance. The ability to control the angle of the louvers allows you to manage the sun-shade balance on the roof deck. You can open the louvers completely for full sun on the deck, angle the louvers to create partial shade while maintaining airflow, or close the louvers to completely block out the sun and rain. Additionally, added amenities like motorized retractable shades can be helpful creating added privacy or blocking a sunset that is too intense.

rooftop two story pergola

Creative Two-Story Pergola Ideas

Pushing the boundaries of pergola design can result in truly attention-grabbing outdoor spaces for your home. Since each pergola we design is custom fabricated to our exact specifications, we have the ability to create a two-story pergola. These structures can take on various looks for your home such as:

  • An elevated viewing platform: By replacing the standard pergola roof for a well-supported floor section, a two-story pergola can provide a lower level in full shade for relaxation by the pool while offering an elevated second story with a flexible louvered roof from which you can enjoy the views.
  • An upper deck diving platform: If you are interested in adding a pool cabana or a pool pergola, incorporating a second deck into the pergola structure can create a fun elevated diving platform for the pool. Ensuring the pool is deep enough for these activities is, of course, a necessity as well.
  • Two-story pergola car park: If you live in a more densely built neighborhood where multiple vehicles or an entire car collection needs to be accommodated, we can design a multi-level car park that fully optimizes your limited space.


Today’s modern aluminum pergolas are lightweight yet strong, making them ideal for maximizing rooftop spaces. Whether you’re adding a pergola to a rooftop deck or building a two-story poolside pergola, it will undoubtedly elevate your outdoor living experience both literally and figuratively. If you are interested in exploring how a custom pergola can be integrated into your home’s design, please reach out to our design team today.

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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