As the love for outdoor living grows, homeowners continue the quest to find better ways to enjoy the outdoors despite weather challenges. Yet the sheer variety of patio shelter solutions can make shopping difficult. Most offer different functionality. What’s the difference between louvered pergolas, and retractable awnings? Taking a deeper dive into the daily use of these options can help you find the best solution for your home and family.

Louvered Roof Pergolas

Key features of a louvered roof:

A louvered roof pergola provides a more solid, permanent structure than an awning or canopy. This versatile outdoor shelter solution features a series of horizontal slats called louvers that work like window blinds, rotating up to 170 degrees to give you the perfect amount of sun, shade, or ventilation. Louvers can also be fully closed to seal out rain and channel water away through an integrated gutter system. Built-in accessories, including lighting, ceiling fans, infrared heaters, and motorized curtains, enhance comfort and function, ensuring an enjoyable outdoor experience.

Louvered patio cover operation:

Solar and electric motorized pergolas are simple to operate via wall mount, remote control, Somfy MyLink app, popular home and voice automation systems, or integrated weather sensing technology for on-demand response to rain, snow, and ice.

StruXure pergola design options:

Our aluminum pergolas offer nearly limitless customization. Choose from small Cabanas to large multi-zone systems, attached or freestanding, made to your precise needs. We offer many standard colors, faux wood wraps, architectural columns, and custom-cut ends, allowing you to achieve any look from traditional to contemporary to fit seamlessly into your landscape.


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Durability of aluminum pergolas:

StruXure’s pergolas are stronger than retractable awnings and canopies and last decades longer, featuring an industry-leading, transferable limited lifetime warranty. We build each one to order in the USA. Our fully extruded aluminum powder-coated pergolas won’t rot, rust, or warp, withstanding extreme climates, rain, hail, snow, and hurricane-force winds.

Louvered pergola maintenance:

Aluminum pergolas don’t require frequent or cumbersome cleaning and maintenance routines. Just the occasional hosing or wipe-down maintains a beautiful, clean pergola.

Retractable Canopies and Awnings

Key features of retractable canopies and awnings:

Retractable canopies and awnings feature an extendable fabric canopy that you can roll out or away as needed. Unlike louvered patio covers, you must choose between fully opening or closing the roof. Awnings are typically attached to a home’s exterior wall to provide shade over a door, window, or patio, with a smaller coverage area, limiting outdoor living space. Canopies may be either attached or freestanding.

Retractable canopy and awning operation:

Retractable awnings typically feature hand crank operation. Retractable canopies may be hand cranked or motorized.

Retractable canopy and awning design options:

Retractable canopies and awnings are available in fabrics of varying styles, colors, and materials, from simple to flashy. Awning size is limited to extending a few feet from connected doors and windows to avoid compromising structural integrity. Both may be limited to standard sizes, though a few manufacturers offer custom sizing for a fee.

Durability of retractable awnings:Properly maintained, retractable canopies and awnings last around ten years. Use and abuse directly impacts lifespan. Prolonged exposure to UV light speeds up deterioration. To prevent fabric and frame damage, you must retract most canopies and awnings in winds greater than 20mph. Most cannot handle rain or snow, which can collect and distort the fabric and frame. Some canopies can channel rainwater; others do not, so be sure to check manufacturer recommendations.

Retractable awnings maintenance:

Rinse fabric monthly and wash it yearly with a brush and mild soap to prevent staining and mold/mildew growth, avoiding detergent, which leaves a white residue. Bird droppings require immediate care to prevent stains. Moving parts require yearly lubrication. Winter storage prevents snow damage that can decrease lifespan.


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Which is Better – Louvered Pergolas or Retractable Canopies & Awnings?

While both louvered roof pergolas and retractable canopies and awnings offer outdoor shelter, they are not created equal. Aluminum pergolas cost more but offer more visual appeal, functionality, and durability than fabric patio covers. A louvered roof pergola makes adjusting to daily and seasonal weather changes easy, so you won’t have to worry about constantly monitoring the weather to avoid damage. You can use an aluminum pergola all year, even in high winds, heavy rain, and snow. Built-ins like integrated lighting, ceiling fans, infrared heaters, and motorized screens provide a comfortable environment from the hottest summer days to the coldest winter nights.

Transform Your Outdoor Space with Lasting Patio Shelter

Increase curb appeal and value, creating an inviting outdoor living area with a louvered pergola from StruXure Denver. Find the perfect patio shelter solution to complement your home and lifestyle. Contact our pergola design experts at 303-500-6669 to schedule a consultation or learn more about our 3-D rendering services today.

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