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What is a Pergola With a Roof?

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While they may be built in many different ways, an outdoor structure that features a lattice trellis or crossbeam covering overhead may still be called a pergola, whether the roof is retractable or not. This type of roof allows unfettered airflow and sunlight, but no protection from the rain. This style of pergola can be attached to a home, or commercial building or it can be freestanding to cover a yard, deck, patio, or just about any open outdoor living space.

Pergolas are quite popular due to the incredibly varied amount of design materials that can be used in their construction. This combination of pleasing aesthetics of mixed sun and shadows combined with excellent practical use makes them a perfect fit for many outdoor residential or commercial living space applications. In this article, we will explore the following:

  • What Are Pavilions?
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What Are Pavilions?

Pergolas with a cover are often referred to as pavilions. Although they are quite similar in design, a pavilion is a freestanding pergola with a fixed, stationary cover that generally completely covers the pergola.

While pergolas are quite often very aesthetically pleasing, some owners may have an issue with a lack of coverage from the elements due to the open design of the pergola cover. If pergola owners want more protection from the elements, they may consider installing a pergola with a solid cover such as a retractable roof.

Some may refer to a pavilion or a pergola as a gazebo, though that distinction is usually left to smaller and more decorative structures that are found in gardens.

Have You Considered a Pergola With a Motorized Roof?

Retractable motorized covers are easy to operate and include automation and other enhancements, so if you have decided you want a full cover make sure to find a model with the most benefits. This will make it more flexible and easier to place, and you’ll get a complete roof that lets you control the elements as you desire. A motorized cover will give you an unlimited choice of environments without the limitations of a fixed structure.

Here is a simple table that sums up the differences between a pergola with a roof and a pavilion.





Wide variety of types of materials.

Somewhat more limited due to the need to cover the entire structure with a fixed cover.

Protection From Elements

Anywhere from completely open to completely covered depending on the model, system, and fabric used. Close/extend for complete protection or open to see the stars and sky. 

Complete protection at all times. The cover cannot be moved to see the stars or sky.

Roof Options

Fixed or movable cover/roof, under user control.

Fixed in place and not movable.

Let The Experts Do The Work For You!

A pergola with a retractable roof is an investment that can improve the look of your residential or commercial property and how you use it. Make sure to protect your investment by getting it installed by experts.

At RetractableAwnings.com, we carry a full line of all types of retractable awnings, and many other types of sun, wind, rain, bug, hail, and snow protection systems, and we are sure we have the precise awning solution to fit your needs. Simply call, e-mail, fill out our online form, or even live chat with a member of our customer service staff to get started on choosing a pergola with the roof option you want and need!

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Eric M. Scop

Eric M. Scop is considered a RETRACTABLE awning industry expert hired by architects, landscape architects, exterior/interior designers, contractors and builders worldwide on a consulting basis

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