Pergola Awnings

Metal pergola with retractable canopy.

Pergola awnings have become much more popular in the last few years as more of us are loving eating al fresco!  There's nothing quite like good food and great company to help us unwind.  What about having a pergola to act as a fabulous focal point, drawing everyone under its spell.

A canopy provides welcome shade from the sun as well as protection against more inclement weather.  Not only that, it will look great too!

Pergola Awning Kits

There are several different pergola styles to choose from.  Here are some to take a look at in both wood and metal:

Modern metal pergola with a retractable canopy and scroll panels.

Modern metal pergola with a retractable canopy and scroll panels.

Rowlinson verona pergola awning canopy.

Freestanding Wooden Pergola

Rowlinson latina pergola awning canopy.

Freestanding Aluminium Pergola

Rowlinson sienna pergola awning canopy.

Wooden Attached Lean-to Pergola

Rowlinson St. Tropez lean-to canopy.

Aluminium Attached Lean-to Pergola

Modern metal pergola with a retractable canopy.

All pergola canopies are fully retractable if you prefer to let the sun shine down through the rafters.  Alternatively, remain undisturbed from passing weather under the showerproof fabric of the canopy.

Best of both worlds!

Simple Awnings and Canopies 

These are usually attached to the house.  They come in various sizes to fit a variety of situations:

Ascot Patio Awning

Shade Sails in a Range of Sizes

Both awning and shade sail have UV filters and are showerproof too.

If you like to use your pergola for outdoor dining, it's a good idea to have pergola canopies fairly near to the house for obvious reasons, even having them attached as a lean-to pergola kit.

If you like to eat in the evening sun, it might be better to have the pergola away from the house where it can catch the late evening rays.

Deciding on Your Pergola Style

There are some good pergola kits, awnings and shade sails to choose from.  It's just a matter of choosing which style will suit your garden best.  

Take into account how you are going to use it and what sort of look you would like: traditional or modern.  The aluminium pergola kits look more modern than the wooden ones, for example.  The shade sails can create a wonderful effect, especially when they are used together at different levels.  Here is a picture of them used on a mediterranean courtyard.  Just lovely!

Copyright image: Shade sails secured to an attached lean-to pergola.

These fabulous pergola kits don't have to be used for dining alone. Add sunloungers, throws, cushions and even a hot tub to create a wonderful place to relax.  It's often the accessories that make all the difference!

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