What Is the Use of a Pergola?

Traditionally, a pergola has been defined as a garden structure consisting of columns or posts that support an open roof formed by latticework or crossbeams. Pergolas have served a variety of purposes, including to frame entranceways or to serve as visually appealing landscape elements. In recent years, they have been used as decorative features for backyard patios or pool decks.

Because the roof is open, pergolas typically provide a limited amount of shade from the sun. Their ability to block the sun’s rays and even provide shelter from a light rain may be enhanced by training climbing vines to cover the roof, creating an arbor-like effect. However, it may take years for the plants to develop enough to cover the top of a pergola, and it can require diligence and pruning expertise to achieve an inviting appearance.

A far less demanding way to increase the amount of shade afforded by a pergola is to add a retractable awning or patio cover. When you have a retractable awning installed on your pergola, you have the ability to extend the shade whenever you need shelter from the sun. Likewise, you can roll up your awning whenever you want to relax in your pergola with a clear view of the open sky.

Sunesta has been a leader in the retractable shade industry since 1981. Our retractable awnings are custom-manufactured to fit the precise dimensions of each customer’s outdoor living space, and they’re crafted from highly durable, weather-resistant acrylic fabric that resists fading, rot, and mildew. Our pergola covers are available in more than 150 colors and patterns, which means you’ll be able to choose a look that suits your aesthetic taste. We also offer a number of ways to customize your retractable patio cover with motorized push-button or remote controls and other optional equipment.

Whether you have a freestanding pergola or an attached patio or deck, you’ll enjoy the beauty and shade control that are made possible by a top-quality Sunesta retractable awning for your home. For more information and to find out how you can have one of these versatile shades installed at your house anywhere in the United States, call 1-800-SUNESTA today.