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The Best Pergola Roof Options


Originally defined as an open structure that had an open roof, used to be known as a Pergola. But with time, this concept also includes semi-closures and roofing. If you look at different Pergola designs, you will realise that many of them do not fit the earliest definition of Pergola.

However, they fit the description of a Pergola if it is a breezy and light outdoor structure. Other Pergolas have insulated roofs and ceiling boards, but their overall design reflects the outlook and feel of a pergola.


Below are groups of traditional and modern pergolas 

  • Polycarbonate
  • Retractable awnings
  • Thatch
  • Straight or angled traditional battens
  • Shade sails or shade cloth
  • Traditional climbing vines


How should you choose a pergola roof?

Choosing a Pergola roof can be daunting with the many pergola roof options in the market. However, if you want a pergola so that you can improve the artistic appearance of your home, you can choose the one that appeals you.


Things to consider before choosing a pergola

  • What is your budget for the pergola?
  • What kind of space do you want?
  • Is it a barbecue area, living space, or a quiet place for relaxing and meditating?
  • Would you like a house spa in your pergola?
  • Would you like a pergola to be designed as an accent to your garden?

If you want a pergola for a garden accent or a fair weather use, you might consider a roofing that is specially designed for climbing plants only. Roofing is always essential when choosing a pergola. Solid roofing is much better.

You might dislike the bare/naked appearance of metal roofing when you view it from below. The good news is that manufacturers create metal roofing materials which have a ceiling like an appearance if you see them from below.

Other people also dislike pergola roofs with a polycarbonate roofing because it lacks insulation and tends to be noisy especially when it rains. In sunny conditions, such roofing allows a lot of heat transfer.

Manufacturers have solved this problem by creating a multi-wall polycarbonate that offers both acoustic and thermal insulation. It also provides UV protection.


Most homeowners choose pergola roofs based on materials on the pergola roofs. Some homeowners love a pergola that lets light in specific areas. They, therefore, select a pergola that has both colorbond roofing and polycarbonate roofing.

Other people like the traditional roofless appearance but also want a covering to protect them from the rain. Therefore they construct pergolas that have rafters and install a floating polycarbonate roof on top.

Finally, you can choose the retractable awning because it covers a wide area and you can control it by touching a button. You can choose one of the above pergola roof options depending on the type of roof that you want.

Looking to upgrade your outdoor entertainment area in time for Summer? Get quotes from local roofing specialists for free at Bricks+Agent, your community hub for hiring local trade professionals.

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Topics: Property Services, Home Improvement, Inspo

Rafael Niesten

Written by Rafael Niesten

In his early 20s, Perth local Rafael Niesten, won a scholarship to study in Canada, with that came the opportunity to volunteer at a local radio station. That spawned his entrepreneurial streak, returning to Perth in 2001 he set up community radio Groove FM. More by luck than design, they became successful, too successful as they took a significant chunk of the Perth Market. This sent up the red flag with his commercial competitors who saw to it that he came before the Australian Broadcasting Authority and on technicalities such as the number of volunteers he was forced to move on. He received the citizen of the year award for Western Australia (youth) and was a finalist in the Australian of the year awards (Youth). Falling on his sword he turned to running small and large scale events, all the while buying, renovating and selling properties. Buying and selling land and renovated houses provided a grounding in the property industry. He founded a cloud based medical grade voice recognition company, followed by co founding the first true cloud application for private practice in the health sector. He successfully exited these ventures at the end of 2016 and began building Bricks+Agent.

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