What is a Retractable Roof Pergola? - Soltex
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March 16, 2020

What is a Retractable Roof Pergola?

Retractable roof pergolas are the next best thing in outdoor living. They are the perfect upgrade for homes, businesses, and restaurants to make living in sunny Perth, WA, a lot more comfortable and stylish.

If you have found yourself sitting at your favourite restaurant’s outdoor area and admiring their retractable roof pergola, then you should know you can reap the same benefits at home in your backyard.

Residents of Perth, WA, love their outdoor spaces and are always looking for creative ways to improve and enjoy their backyards, whether it be through landscaping or adding more living space. Patios are an option, but retractable roof pergolas are a lot more versatile and are becoming a common site in backyards all over Perth.

If you are looking to add value to your home or make a property more appealing for sale, a retractable roof pergola is a solution that will give you more return than what you spend.

More and more people are using their outdoor areas to increase the living space of their homes, to improve the aesthetic appeal of a house, and to provide a comfortable place to entertain guests. As such, pergolas are much more than a trend; they have become the new standard for what people expect in a home.

Enjoy the outdoor areas of your home in all types of weather, give your employees a comfortable place to enjoy their lunch breaks in all conditions, or create a cosy outside atmosphere for the patrons of your cafe. Rain, hail, or shine, you will appreciate the many benefits a retractable roof pergola can provide. There’s plenty of value to be gained from a retractable roof pergola, but let’s explore them in a little more detail.

A standard pergola is an outdoor structure created from columns that support a roofing grid of beams or slats. They can be freestanding structures or attached to a building.

Retractable roof pergolas are just like traditional pergolas, except they have a series of connected slats which can be retracted and extended to let in as much or as little light as you want. By adjusting the length of the roof retraction, you can modify the conditions in the outdoor area to suit the weather.

When it’s raining, the roof can be completely extended to provide shelter from the rain. If it’s a chilly winter day, the pergola roof can be fully or partially retracted to take advantage of the sun’s warmth.  Likewise, on hot days, you can position the slats, so they let in some light, but block out most of the heat.

How Are Retractable Roof Pergolas Different from Folding Arm Awnings?

Retractable Folding Arm Awnings are not suitable for covering pergolas structures as the fabric can tear on the wooden frame and in the wet weather, water can pool if the awning pitch is not adjusted correctly. The metal arms will bend under the weight and damage the awning. Retractable awnings are great for decks and balconies but aren’t the best choice for a pergola.

How are Retractable Roof Pergolas Better Than Standard Pergolas?

The weather is unpredictable and can change at a moment’s notice, so why not use technology to adjust your environment against whatever the weather is doing?

Even the sun moving across the sky can dramatically change the comfort level provided by the pergola at different times of the day. A retractable roof means your outdoor area is accessible for more hours because it gives you the ability to block out rain, sunshine, and heat.

What are the Main Advantages of Retractable Roof Pergolas?

When you live in Perth, WA, there are tons of reasons why you should spruce up your yard to make it suitable for the outdoor life, but what are the advantages of retractable roof pergolas specifically?

At Soltex, we may be a little biased towards retractable external shading, but there are a few excellent reasons why we love retractable roof pergolas. Here are just a few of the reasons we know you will too:

Significantly increase the available living space of your home – Pergolas give you more space to add comfortable furniture, an outdoor kitchen, or anything else that would typically fare poorly in the open air.

Add some shady greenery right outside your back door – If you want to add a bit more greenery to your outdoors, then a pergola gives more vertical space to grow plants. Surrounding your outdoor areas with plants also helps to keep it shady and cool.

Add an extra level of privacy – Whether you want a cool place to relax with a good book, or somewhere to entertain friends, a pergola adds an extra layer of privacy to your home that you and your guests will appreciate. Plus, you won’t be a slave to the weather any longer, as a retractable roof pergola gives you year-round access to your backyard.

Add extra protection for your house – The sun and the elements take their toll on your house over the years. A pergola can help mitigate the effects by keeping the wind and rain off the external areas.

Improve the value of your home – Whether you are looking to sell now, or sometime in the future, a pergola will allow you to bump up your asking price. You won’t just benefit from the dollar value, as a pergola also adds aesthetic appeal that can make your house a more attractive proposition than the one down the road which doesn’t have one. Plus, retractable roof pergolas add even more appeal because of their inbuilt versatility.

Long-lasting class and style – If your goal is to add some quality and style to your home or your business, then the durable retractable roof in a Soltex pergola gives you comfort at the push of a button. When the roof is extended, you get all the benefits a closed roof provides, including an integrated gutter. When the pergola roof is retracted, you can embrace the warmth of the sun, or marvel at an unobstructed view of the night sky.

Customized options – The Australian weather is gorgeous a lot of the time, but when it’s not, it can put your outdoor areas off-limits, but they don’t have to be. With External Zip Blinds from Soltex, you can create a fully automated pergola that instantly converts into an outdoor room that can adapt to the prevailing conditions. Rain, or hail, keep the party going outside while the afternoon storm rolls over.



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