The first uses of the pergola reach back to the Greco-Roman antiquity. It’s an English, John Evelyn, who put the principle forward, discovering the term in 1645 during a visit to Rome in the cloister of the Trinità dei Monti. Originally, the pergola was a supported advanced on the house. The roof, consisting of widely spaced horizontal beams, welcomed plants that provided shade and coolness. Since there have been many changes, because now the pergola can be independent, an extension of a building, used as protection for an open terrace or a link between the pavilions. This beautiful architectural form that is found most often in the gardens is always appreciated.
In our time, the pergola still loved and used to beautify his garden. This construction flicking home has become a real living space protecting both sunlight and rain. It helps gently shading the terrace and to have family or friends gatherings, as it can be surrounded by mosquito nets, curtains for privacy and personalization.
The most requested pergolas are undoubtedly the ones in wood and aluminum and stainless steel.
The wooden pergola is popular because it offers a beautiful natural look and wood is a good insulator. It can even be built by anyone without experience with resourcefulness, making it the least expensive design, an option which ensures that many people will choose it. We must not forget that it requires special care, therefore even if the cost is advantageous if we add the price of regular wood treatments (every year to three years) to prevent wear over time, particularly with the exposure to water and insects that can quickly escalate. Depending on the wood selected resistance will vary and you will have less need to maintain if wood quality is better. It important to compare the capabilities of each timber and their rate and count the time and treatment as maintenance of this pergola will require over the years. The choice of colors for the wood remains shades of brown and if you want to add a canvas roof it will be suitable but not at 100% for the rain and the canvas should be removed and stored for the winter.
The aluminum and stainless steel retractable pergola has a structure resistant to North American harsh climate. It does not crack, does not rot and does not deteriorate with time, unlike wood; Retractable Pergola structure requires no annual maintenance. It is available in several colors including black, white, brown and gray. At OMBRASOLE our pergolas have a retractable roof vinyl, 100% waterproof and suitable for your custom structure. They also have a system of lateral gutters which prevents the water penetration. The roof center of the retractable pergola, can be lifted and placed in slope using a crank to ease the flow of water. This roof gives off the heat in summer and adapts to the Canadian climate in the winter. The roof of the pergola is completely retractable using a handle crank. As the roof is opened, the canvas is wound automatically on a roller.
In addition, a complete curtain system can be added as an option and a revolutionary mosquito net system that will close the roof and the 4 sides of the Retractable Pergola, for a lunch or dinner in peace with family or friends away from mosquitoes and wasps.
In winter there is no need to dismantle the canvas of your retractable pergola; simply wrap it, there is no annual maintenance. Who does not like to save time and space?
In conclusion, we see that the pergola has evolved considerably since its inception; it is now available in several colors and materials. Don’t forget to think about maintenance and quality before making your choice and if you need help feel free to consult our specialists OMBRASOLE for a pergola suitable to your era and especially your needs.