Designed to shelter you from inclement weather and the sun's rays, the pergola is the perfect compromise between awning and a veranda. This roof supported by several pillars is a sturdy construction built to last. It adds charm to a home. It can be built with different materials. Its main characteristic is its roof, which can be covered in a variety of ways. This article looks at the different options available to you for covering your future pergola.
The main criteria to consider when covering your pergola
A pergola is a shelter which allows you to enjoy your outdoor space whatever the weather. Aesthetics are of course important, but other elements must also be taken into account.
To get the best possible use out of your pergola, it needs to be:
- resistant to bad weather (wind, snow, rain, hailstone, etc.);
- resistant to UV rays;
- sustainable over time;
- easy to maintain.
Obviously, you must also take your needs into account. If you're looking to create an oasis of greenery, you won't choose the same cover for your pergola as your neighbour who prefers a contemporary style! Likewise, if you're looking for a relaxing retreat with a jacuzzi and hammock.
But bear the previous points in mind when making your choice!
Different pergola roofs
To help you find your dream pergola roof, here are the covers most commonly found on the market. They all have their pros and cons, and all meet the essential criteria listed above to a greater or lesser degree.
A glass roof for your pergola
Glass lets in natural light. A glass roof therefore still allows light to enter your house if you are installing a wall-mounted pergola. The double-glazing is watertight and can be treated with an anti-UV coating to take the edge off the heat and prevent the greenhouse effect. As with other roofs, you can add a brise-soleil which provides shade when it is very sunny.
Polycarbonate, a resistant pergola roof
A polycarbonate roof provides a solid and long-lasting shelter. Its multiwall panels make it a robust and aesthetic cover. Translucent, it allows light to pass through and has an anti-UV coating for greater protection. A polycarbonate roof is quick and easy to maintain.
A louvred roof with rotatable slats: the bioclimatic pergola
How about covering a pergola with motorised slats? Welcome to your bioclimatic pergola! Generally designed in aluminium, they can also be made from wood. The retractable slats can be opened and closed depending on the weather. Depending on the model, you can adjust the slats using a wall switch, a remote control, your smartphone or you can let your weather sensor take care of it.
Covering the pergola roof with fabric
Covering your pergola with canvas fabric means you can choose from a wide selection of colours and patterns. Choose a micro-perforated or acrylic canvas. They are generally coated to ensure they are water repellent and resistant. However, there is still a risk, albeit reduced, of tears and mildew. The pergola canvas cover can be removed in winter. Make sure it is completely dry before storing it away to prevent the development of any mould.
Using plants as a natural cover for your pergola
Pergolas are often used to support climbing plants. This living roof is easy to create. It simply requires a little patience and some upkeep to ensure the plants flourish. If you take proper care of them, you may even manage to create a watertight living roof. It's pretty, natural and ecological!
Reed screening for an exotic feel to your pergola
Reed screening is fixed to the pergola's posts with wire. There are different types of reed screening which offer varying degrees of shade. Common materials include straw, brushwood, willow, bamboo and reed, any of which will lend an exotic holiday feel to your garden!