Pergola Shading Ideas


There are so many ways in which you can spruce up pergolas. Below are the top 7 ways in which you can make full use of your backyard structure. 

Classic style (open lattices)

Many people invest in pergolas before they love the look that the rustic wooden style offers to their backyards. At the same time, this classic style doesn’t fully provide a shaded area — which is just what some customers want. To be able to enjoy the sun while under a structure that can provide a certain level of  privacy is indispensable. Moreover, there are so many ways to change its look — it’s a win-win all around. 

Canvas style

If you’re someone who is looking to have a structure that will protect you against all of the elements, then the canvas style is got you. There are so many ways to customize your pergola with the canvas style — you can choose the colour and the pattern, making it perfectly tailored to your backyard. 

The type of canvas that is used is typically fully water resistant. This means that you could potentially rest under your pergola even during rainy days! It will also fully block out those harmful UV rays during hotter temperatures.  

Moreover, if some of your guests would prefer to be under the sun, and some would prefer to be under the shade, you could choose to cover only a portion of the pergola. You’ll get the best of both worlds! 

Manual accordion canvas pergola

Manual accordion canvas pergolas are great for those that want to be able to alternate between sun and shade. You can even slide the canopy closed in order to avoid having rain and debris collect on top — or you could even store it away during heavy rainstorms and winter to prolong its lifespan.

Those that will choose a manual accordion canvas pergola over a motorized one are those who are more price-conscious. They are also for those that don’t mind having more of a permanent structure rather than one that can be changed easily.

Motorized accordion canvas pergola

Motorized accordion pergolas have all of the same benefits as manual accordion pergolas. They provide owners with the ability to customize their pergolas as much as they want, and they allow owners to alternate between sun and shade. The only difference is that they can now do so with only the push of a button. 

These pergolas are great for people who don’t mind the extra price for the added convenience of having everything be motorized. It’s also for those that will likely change their minds about wanting shade or sunlight multiple times a day. If you don’t mind having to deal with the small extra maintenance of a motorized system, then this pergola is for you! 

Hang curtains

A great way to add some privacy to your pergola is to hang curtains from it. This way, not only would you be protected from the elements with a canvas on top of your pergola, but you’ll be hidden away from the rest of the world with the hanging curtains. So if you want to create your own little personal oasis, hanging curtains are for you! 

Natural shade style

Another popular thing to do with pergolas is to create natural shade. This means that you would essentially allow different plants and vines to grow o its structure. The vines would climb up to the roof’s lattices and fill in the gaps so that no (or little) sunlight could pierce through. You could choose whatever kinds of vines you’d like, customizing the look of your pergola. 

Vine canopies for pergolas are a great choice for those who really want to give their backyard that natural look. Although it will take quite a bit of time for the plants to grow, it’s a beautiful option that will make you feel like you’re in your own nature paradise. Do keep in mind, however, that this style won’t fully protect you from the sun, rain, and debris. You’ll also have to regularly be taking care of the plants. 

Bioclimatic pergola

Bioclimatic pergolas are an amazing option for those looking for a more modern style that will provide them with a ton of flexibility. The great thing about bioclimatic pergolas is that, because they’re made of aluminum, they’re super durable and don’t require a lot of maintenance. Moreover, you can have a bioclimatic pergola in two styles: one that is attached to a structure of your home, and one that stands completely autonomously. 

Bioclimatic pergolas have aluminum adjustable blades that can be opened or closed with just the push of a button. Their angle can even be adjusted as to allow a bit of sunlight to peak through. The blades completely protect you from rain and sunlight. And you don’t have to worry about water weighing the structure down as it will be conducted directly into the posts!

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