The Rise and Evolution of the Pergola

In the past, a pergola has typically been viewed as four posts and a roof made out of timber, however, this previously humble wooden structure has come a long way – especially since the start of the pandemic in 2020.  

Having evolved over time, consumers now have access to more modern pergolas in a number of styles and low-maintenance hardwearing materials such as aluminium, allowing many homeowners to consider this particular shading device as an architectural element that can completely transform any garden. Why choose a pergola?  

It’s easy to treat your home and garden as two separate spaces, however, linking them together using a strong and striking feature can not only create the perfect indoor/outdoor living zone, but it can make both areas look and feel bigger. A pergola can act as a focal point within any garden, creating height whilst framing the view and helping focus the eye. 

Modern pergolas with sliding/retracting fabric or rotating aluminium louvered roofs (and sides) offer a pragmatic and long-term solution. Whether it’s in the form of a freestanding structure within your garden or adjacent to the house as a direct extension of the property, a pergola is a simple yet effective way to give the impression of an outdoor ‘room’ and provides complete flexibility to the user.  Outdoor Living Pod | Pergola | Canopy | Caribbean Blinds | Garden | Outdoor KitchenShade & shelter  

With the unpredictable British weather, it’s important to consider a practical solution that will provide adequate shade and shelter throughout the seasons – from heatwaves in the summer to torrential rain, wind and snow in the winter. 

Suited to both classic and contemporary properties and gardens, a bioclimatic pergola boasts a louvered roof which can be opened up through the summer and fully closed during the colder, wetter months.  

As one of the most quick, easy and affordable ways to help create a comfortable, sustainable home with lower running and maintenance costs, a bioclimatic pergola attached to your property will also ensure your home is fully equipped to prevent unwanted solar heat gain during the summer months and allow free solar gain in the winter.Optional extras   

The addition of sliding glass, windproof side screens or separate entrance doors combined with ambient LED lighting, zone controlled infra-red heating and even speakers will not only ensure complete control of the elements, but provide the ultimate luxury all-weather outdoor living space, 365 days a year. 

If you already have a veranda or pergola that needs a bit of a re-vamp, high-performance external blinds can be mounted to the top and sides to effectively shield from the elements and create a cosy and pleasant environment all year round.Customisation is key  

The latest technology means you can open and close the electric roof on your pergola in real-time (or set a timer to do it automatically) from a single remote or via an app on your phone, as well as turn the lighting/heating on and off and even view the exact position of your pergola from anywhere in the world! 

Whilst timber pergolas typically come in standard sizes modern aluminium pergolas are usually built to order to any size and finish to meet your exact requirements and specification.  

To find out more about Caribbean Blinds award winning bioclimatic pergolas, branded Outdoor Living PodTM that enable you to make use of your outdoor space year round, come shine, rain or even snow, available in both wall mounted and freestanding versions, with endless configurations and options, make an enquiry here or speak to one of our friendly, helpful advisors on 0344 800 1947. 

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