Pergola / October 16, 2018 / JulietteHughes.
Glass panels although strong enough to serve as pergola covering dont work for all kinds of environments making them vulnerable to hailstorms. So it is always advisable to check your location before transforming your pergola with transparent insulations. Other types of roofing materials used in pergolas include metal pergola roofing materials which is considered the most durable and permanent roofing material and fabric deck pergola covers which helps in extending your outdoor furnitures life. While fabric deck coverings extend furnitures life it also reduces or protects you from direct ultraviolet rays.
In building this kind of embellishment the roof is very important because it will define what specific type of pergola you are going to build. A Pergola roof is important because it will hold the plant above the ground which is the usual purpose of pergolas. As a permanent architectural piece to a garden pergola designs have evolved throughout the centuries making it more appropriate for gardens and environmental designs. During medieval and renaissance period pergola designs were used by people making curve segments incorporated with green vines. It was usually seen in gardens of Lords living in fortresses.
Traditional pergolas can be transformed into modern style by replacing its roofing with transparent materials. There are several transparent materials which can be used as roofing such as Plexiglas sheets complete-transparent covers and glass panels. Plexiglas sheets can be used if you want protection from rain and direct sunlight without heating the sitting area of the pergola. Complete-transparent covers are used if you want to keep the traditional style of your pergola but still provide the protection you need from rain. On the other hand the glass panels can be used if your pergola is located in an open area without worrying about falling tree branches or fruits.
Plastic and Fibreglass Another variation of roofing for pergolas includes using plastic or fibreglass. The advantage of these options is that they are lightweight and inexpensive. They may also be easily cut to size and allows the light to filter in depending on the colour of the roof. They also protect the pergola from the harsher elements of the weather including the rain and snow. Also ultraviolet radiation may be reduced when using these two options. Although plastic may not be a green choice Fibreglass can be manufactured from recycled materials. Polycarbonate Polycarbonates are thermoplastic polymers which can be easily moulded and has a high impact resistance along with other advantages such as heat resistance ease of shaping flame retardancy and toughness.