Once rare, there are now many options for adjustable aluminum pergolas to add functionality and value to your outdoor living space. How do Sunair’s OPERA and VISION pergolas compare to StruXure louvered patio roof systems? Understanding key differences between these home pergola brands will ensure lasting happiness with your patio shelter investment.

Common Benefits of Sunair & StruXure Motorized Pergolas

StruXure’s Pergola X model line and Sunair’s OPERA and VISION model lines each offer a pergola that opens and closes, giving you precise climate control. Both manufacturers provide made-to-order freestanding or attached residential pergolas in custom sizes to perfectly fit your space, including the option to connect multiple aluminum pergolas for larger patios and decks. All models feature a powder-coated extruded aluminum frame, rotating louvers with stainless steel fasteners, and an integrated gutter system for superior rain protection. Available accessories are also similar between brands, including built-in LED lights, infrared heaters, ceiling fans, and motorized screens. However, important structural, operational, and design differences, as well as the product warranty, set these pergola brands apart.

OPERA & VISION Louvered Roof Systems At-a-Glance

    • Manufacturer: Sunair’s history began in Sweden with sun and rain umbrellas. The owners emigrated to the US in 1978, shifting production and sales here, offering one of the first retractable awnings. They now provide high quality, innovative, custom metal and fabric pergolas, canopies, and awnings throughout North America shipped from production centers in Maryland, Arizona.
    • Structure: OPERA and VISION louvered roof systems are available in sizes up to 14 ft 9 in wide by 19 ft 8 in/19 ft 4 in long, with a maximum height of just under 10 ft, depending on the model. Sunair offers optional telescoping post feet or wall posts for easier installation. The company’s website states that the built-in gutter system “withstands moderate to normal rain occurrences,” and the pergola is “designed to withstand some snow loads. Please inquire…” Parameters vary by size, and the company notes, “Special care must be taken when using the louvered system in snow conditions.”


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  • Design options: OPERA and VISION aluminum pergolas offer a simple, modern design that may not please customers looking to achieve a more traditional pergola feel or unique look. Standard colors include white gloss, white sand, ivory semi, ivory sand, grey sand, bright aluminum, corten (brown), iron grey, and optional custom colors.
  • Available accessories: Available accessories include built-in lighting, heaters, ceiling fans, slide glass, and retractable RASO zipper screens (Opera model only), as well as optional wood-look set flooring.
  • Operation: The OPERA and VISION offer motorized operation by wall mount, remote control, or Somfy MyLink app-driven mobile device operation. Louvers adjust up to 140 degrees. Optional sun/rain and sun/wind sensors are also available.
  • Installation & warranty: Sunair offers a 5-year limited frame warranty against defects in workmanship, which also applies to zipper screens. The aluminum pergola’s motor and electronics offer a 5-year limited warranty and lighting for one year. All coverage applies to the original purchaser only. The pergola warranty is void in salty/corrosive environments, including near pools/spas, and does not apply to damage caused by high winds, rain, gales, hurricanes, ice, or snow. Systems fitted with wind sensors damaged by wind are not covered under the warranty.

StruXure Louvered Roof Systems At-a-Glance

    • Manufacturer: StruXure has been providing custom, professionally made and installed residential and commercial pergolas since 2009 through authorized distributors, including StruXure Denver, Denver’s exclusive StruXure dealer. The company graced the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies for seven consecutive years before its 2022 acquisition by Chicago-based AZEK Company Inc., a leading manufacturer of beautiful, low-maintenance, environmentally sustainable outdoor living products.
    • Structure: StruXure Pergola X motorized louvered pergolas include 12×12 ft to 12×20 ft single-zone Pivot 6 pergolas and multiple-zone systems with no maximum footprint, including the Pivot 6 XL and Pan 6 model lines in 8-10 ft heights depending on your precise installation parameters. StruXure pergolas are built to withstand hurricane-force winds, hail, heavy snow loads, and the harshest marine and poolside environments. Architectural grade powder coating virtually eliminates wear and maintenance. A 360-degree built-in gutter system with patented pass-through technology offers superior performance compared to OPERA and VISION pergola systems.
    • Design options: StruXure aluminum pergolas are available in beige, bronze, adobe, white, black, grey, faux wood, or custom shades. Create a sleek modern look similar to OPERA and VISION models, or a unique or traditional design with custom cut ends, cornice facades, cap and base trim, and architectural columns to complement your home or landscape theme perfectly.
    • Available accessories: StruXure offers similar accessory options, including motorized screens, infrared heaters, and ceiling fans, as well as built-in speakers, TV mounts, and rain/wind/freeze sensors so you can enjoy automated response to changing weather conditions.
    • Operation: StruXure louvered roof pergolas offer more adjustability – up to 170 degrees. Choose from manual, solar, or electric operation via wall mount, remote control, Somfy MyLink app using your smartphone or home automation system, or integrated weather sensors.


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  • Installation & warranty: Our home pergolas are custom-made in America and installed by the outdoor living pros at StruXure Denver, offering an industry-leading warranty that transfers even if you sell your home, including:
    • Manufacturing: Lifetime
    • Support components (posts, gutters, louvers, beams): 15 years
    • Manual operating system: 10 years
    • Power components: 5 years

Which is Best – Sunair Pergolas or StruXure Louvered Roof Pergolas?

OPERA, VISION, and StruXure louvered pergolas provide similar weather protection and a quality design. However, StruXure pergolas give you more, offering:

  • More louver adjustability
  • Superior rain protection
  • Added durability and lasting use in wind, hail, snow and harsh environments
  • Added structural, accessory, and operating system customization potential
  • A far superior warranty

For homeowners looking for the ultimate in customization and lasting return on investment, StruXure pergolas stand apart. StruXure Denver, Denver’s exclusive StruXure dealer, offers unsurpassed customer service, ensuring no detail goes overlooked. Over the last decade, we’ve helped hundreds of homeowners across the Denver area add year-round usable space with our versatile louvered roof systems. Our top-notch online reviews and high customer satisfaction ratings reflect the quality of our products and services.

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Bring your dream outdoor living space to life with a durable, StruXure adjustable aluminum pergola. Contact StruXure Denver at 303-500-6669 to learn more about our cutting-edge, luxury louvered roof patio systems today.

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