*This article was published on   11/26/2015  and updated on 12/16/2021

Are you shopping for an affordable pergola? There are many outdoor shelter options to consider. Adding a pergola can expand your usable space, increase outdoor comfort, or complement your yard – but it can also serve as an expensive reminder that what looks good on paper doesn’t always translate to reality. Choosing a pergola that meets your functional and aesthetic needs is essential to ensuring lasting happiness with your investment.

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Which Outdoor Shelter Solution is Right for Your Home or Business?


    Gazebos provide shade and shelter. However, investment cost, available space, upkeep, and lifespan often deter people from making a gazebo investment. Wood costs remain high, and gazebos last only 5-10 years, depending on maintenance. Those unable to pay the exponential price increase for vinyl will face a large staining/painting project every couple of years.

    Wood pergola

    The lifespan and maintenance of a wood pergola are similar to a gazebo. The main difference is that wood pergolas rely on vining greenery to block sunlight and do not provide full shade or precipitation protection.


    Permanent and retractable awnings use removable fabric to create shade directly off building structures, providing coverage over a limited space. Fabric breaks down quickly, requiring replacement every few years at about two-thirds of the initial investment cost. Frame and fabric damage from high winds in severe weather can lead to expensive repairs.

    Shade sail

    These fabric shade structures anchor to a nearby building like awnings, requiring three to four points for support. They filter out sunlight but offer little protection against rain or snow. Shade sails last 5-10 years in fair weather but are thin and easily damaged by winds, which can quickly curtail their lifespan.

    Louvered pergola

    Louvered roof pergolas like StruXure’s Pivot 6 system offer cutting-edge, versatile shelter. Adjust louvers to enjoy the shade on a hot day, open louvers to take advantage of warm sunlight on a cold morning, or close completely for protection against rain and snow. Lightweight, durable extruded aluminum pergolas are an ideal solution for any outdoor space, standing up to hail, hurricane-force winds, and heavy snow loads with ease. Pivot 6 pergolas require only occasionally soap and water cleaning and are built to last a lifetime with little maintenance.

    Customize your pergola to suit your unique needs with:

    • Motorized screens for additional sunlight, privacy, and pest protection.
    • Recessed lighting and built-in fans for 24/7 use and added comfort.
    • Decorative additions like architectural columns, corbel ends, and faux wood finish.
    • Remote control or smart, sensor-driven operation for on-demand response to rain, wind, snow, and ice.

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    Budgetary Constraints? Cabana X May Be Right for You

    Cabana X 10’x10’ free-standing pergolas are our most budget-friendly louvered roof systems. They are moveable/non-permanent, allowing you to add a pergola without permitting. The Cabana X is designed to compensate for uneven ground, with adjustable footers for fast and easy installation. Choose from:

    • Cabana X Core Model
      This free-standing metal pergola offers outdoor versatility at our best price, featuring remote control operation and an easy power plug. Its modular design allows you to expand your covered outdoor space effortlessly.
    • Cabana X Tech Model
      Upgrade to the Tech Model, and you’ll enjoy environmental/weather detection and app-controlled operation of louvers and built-in LED RGB strip lighting through Somfy’s MyLink app.

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    Get maximum return on your outdoor living investment. Contact StruXure Denver at 303-505-6669 to get more information on pricing for Pivot 6 louvered pergolas or schedule a design consultation today.


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