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Have you ever heard of a pergola with a retractable canopy, or a retractable roof pergola? Whether you’ve heard of them or not, these eye-catching structures can make for an impressive addition to any garden space.

At a time when many of us still feel unsure about travelling far afield, this could be a great way to give your home the luxury feel of a boutique resort or hotel.

Whenever we think about making over our gardens, we often think about installing wooden decking or patio tiles, planting different flowers to brighten things up, or perhaps even splashing out on a swimming pool.

While a pergola may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about refreshing your garden ahead of summer, a pergola with retractable canopy by Designer Shade Solutions, or another reputable brand, can make for a relatively easy and affordable way to update your outdoors living area.

A pergola above a swimming pool
Credit: Designer Shade Solutions

What is a pergola with retractable roof or canopy?

A pergola with retractable roof, or a retractable pergola canopy, will probably be quite unlike any pergola you’ve ever seen before. From outside looking in, these modern pergolas might look like traditional pergolas at first.

However, being able to retract the roof of your pergola to either an open, closed or tilted position will no doubt prove to be a very useful and convenient feature for you, in comparison to older models of pergola.

Is it sunny? Perhaps it’s best to have the roof open. Expecting rainfall? Better close it. Is the sunlight a little too blinding? Try tilting the roof slabs to create more shade.

However you choose to position the pergola roof, no doubt you’ll appreciate its aesthetically pleasing appearance, not to mention the convenience of having a retractable roof.

Other features to look out for

When browsing for pergolas with retractable roofs, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the volume of choice available on the market. With so many different features to choose from, it can be tricky to know exactly what to look for if you haven’t done your research first.

So, what kind of features are worth looking out for when shopping for a pergola with retractable roof or canopy?

Well, it always pays to consider your preferred colour or shade, perhaps aiming for a neutral tone that will be versatile in all seasons.

Furthermore, if you think you’ll be using your pergola regularly during the colder months, you might also decide to look out for retractable roof pergolas that can be customised with heating, lighting and side-glass screens, like those sold by Designer Shade Solutions’.

Pergola with a retractable roof
Credit: Designer Shade Solutions

Where to set up your pergola

When it comes to choosing where in your garden you’ll be setting up your pergola, spend some time thinking bout whether it’ll work best as a stand-alone feature, or as an extension to your existing living space.

As What Mummy Thinks comments, “You can choose to integrate a modern pergola into your property as an extension to your current living space, or you can choose to go for a self-supporting modern pergola which can be installed anywhere in your outdoor area.”

You should also consider which parts of your garden tend to be shaded by the sun at different times of day; if you intend upon sitting in your pergola while soaking up the sun, then you’ll want to ensure you don’t position it in front of any big, looming trees or any other tall structures which could create shadows or shade.

Alternatively, if you don’t enjoy sitting in the hot sun for too long, you might decide that your pergola will be better placed in a more shaded area of your garden.

Pergole with retractable roof/canopy
Credit: Designer Shade Solutions

Whether you want a pergola for your patio, a pergola for your rooftop bar or a pergola for your restaurant’s beer garden, these modern alternatives to traditional pergolas are a great solution. You and your guests can finally make the most of your outdoor space rain or shine.  

Can you think of anything else to be mindful of when shopping for a new pergola? Comment below to share your tips with other readers.

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