You have decided to build a pergola and you have heard about bioclimatic pergolas. They can be an alternative to a veranda or they can complete one. You will then be able to enjoy your exterior in any season. More recent and more fashionable than classic pergolas, bioclimatic pergolas possess many advantages. They strike a perfect balance between the comfort of a shelter and outdoor air. But how do they work?
The operation of a bioclimatic pergola
First of all, what is a bioclimatic architecture? A bioclimatic concept is usually a bespoke creation. By associating the right parameters with the climatic conditions, builders can manufacture a pergola that enters into an ecosystem and provides a warm outdoor ambience. It adapts to its environment and the location of the house to draw the greatest benefit. A pergola is a structure consisting of four posts and a roof. To adapt to the weather and the climate, the bioclimatic pergola is equipped with a roof covered with adjustable louvres. Thanks to its mechanism, owners can open these louvres to receive natural light and a light breeze during mild weather. When the sunshine is too strong or is obscured by bad weather, the louvres close at the push of a button. Surrounding gutters enable the recuperation and evacuation of rainwater, ensuring a perfect seal. Certain models independently adapt to the weather and louvre adjustment is automatic. The architectural respect of the pergola will enhance the value of your home. Indeed, these pergolas with motorised louvres and contemporary style are built of powder-coated aluminium. They are customisable, so a host of options are available. You will be able to choose the configuration, the size and whether or not to install a skylight or LED lighting. Entirely modular, you can even add a picture window to your bioclimatic pergola! As for installation, there are two types of bioclimatic pergolas:
- the wall-mounted pergola that has two posts and is fixed to the structure of the house;
- and the freestanding (or self-supported) pergola, which has four posts.
A freestanding (or self-supported) pergola enables you to choose an ideal location, with no obligation for it to be adjacent to the house. It is a true lounge amid the greenery. As for the wall-mounted version, it becomes a new living space, improving the comfort of your property.
The main advantages of a bioclimatic pergola
A bioclimatic pergola is often considered to be a simplified version of a veranda. It adapts to all types of weather. It possesses many advantages in terms of comfort and is less expensive than a veranda. It is possible to use your pergola in both summer and winter thanks to the roof that shelters you from bad weather. Nevertheless, during the winter under certain climates, this unenclosed space becomes a shelter rather than a living space. Let's now take a look at the advantages of a bioclimatic pergola:
- it enables you to take advantage of your exterior sheltered from bad weather;
- it protects you from the sun's rays while preserving daylight;
- it has a wide choice of options, colours and finishes;
- when wall-mounted, it optimises the warmth of the home thanks to its adjustable louvres;
- the possibility of adding glazing, a skylight, etc.;
- it can be decorated and furnished with elegance;
- it is durable;
- it is more affordable than a veranda;
- quick and easy maintenance. A sponge and soapy water, nothing else;
- quick assembly;
- your house gains in comfort and added value.
You now know how bioclimatic pergolas work and their many advantages. You can ask your manufacturer for advice about any questions you may have. A professional will be happy to guide you!
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