Pergola covers are fantastic at providing you more protection when the weather requires. As long as it’s stylish, weatherproofed, sturdy and fit your outdoors seamlessly, a pergola cover will enhance the functionality of the area it covers. Here are the 4 types of pergola covers you can choose from.
Canvas is a fabric specifically designed for the marine environment. As such, it’s already weatherproofed in that it can hold without tearing or ripping apart against strong winds and heavy rains. It’s also resistant to mildew as long as you routinely clean its surface. As for maintenance, canvas is very easy to care for. However, choosing canvas might mean there are fewer shade options to choose from. It’s also heavier than the other pergola covers and installing it would require a contractor’s help.
A cheaper alternative to consider is using tarp. However, while it is great at keeping the sun out, it will still let in the heat, creating a sort of greenhouse effect on your area. If your goal is to provide your plants with enough shade, then a tarp may be the best choice for you.
Pergola Blinds or Louver
Louvers not only protect your pergola area from sunlight, it can also direct quality air flow and act as an exhaust. Made up of either wood, glass, or fiberglass, louvers are flexible and affordable depending on the material you choose. Louvers can also be operated to tilt at a certain angle to provide shade deflecting the sun’s rays.
A transparent roof over your pergola, fiberglass can be an inexpensive option for your pergola cover. A clear one would be great to prevent the rain or leaves from carpeting your pergola area while a tinted one will allow you to sit out on the patio even on sunny days.