Are you hoping to get better use out of your outdoor spaces? A shade structure is the perfect investment to help you extend the time you can spend outside.  Patio covers and pergolas are two of the most common types of shade structures available. However, their limited functionality may keep you from using your space as often as you’d like. Louvered pergolas combine the benefits and functionality of both. Providing comfort and control 365 days a year.

Patio Covers Vs Pergolas: What’s the Difference?

While patio covers and pergolas are both designed to supply some type of shaded coverage, the amount of coverage varies between the two.

Pergolas: Partial Cover Option

Pergolas are typically comprised of vertical columns that support a roof-type structure of crossbeams and an open framework. This means they supply partial shade that varies depending on the angle of the sun and how it hits it. This makes them a great choice for those looking to add just a little shade. However, they don’t do much to protect your spaces from the environment. Since the system is essentially open, it won’t stop rain from hitting your outdoor space.

On the plus side, the placement of these structures is flexible. Capable of being wall attached or freestanding, they are perfect for those who want to create a partially covered area away from the home. Ideal for creating an outdoor cooking, dining, or entertainment area.

Patio Covers: Full Coverage Option

Patio covers are a great choice if you are looking to create a fully covered outdoor space. They are most commonly wall attached structures, built as an extension of the home. Insulation is often added to help keep your outdoor space cool. Since they supply full coverage, they are perfect if you are looking to protect yourselves, or your outdoor area, from unwanted weather such as extreme heat or rain.

There is one often overlooked drawback to an attached patio cover. Often by installing one, you give up the natural interior lighting of adjoining rooms. I’ll simplify this statement a bit. Let’s say you have a slider that goes from your living room to your backyard. You want to install a patio cover above this slider, so you have a covered area right outside your living room. When you install a full coverage system like a patio cover, you are essentially fully shading that area. This effects how much sunlight can pass through that slider into your living room. So, you end up darkening your living room by installing that patio cover outside. Now, this may not be a deal breaker for you. Less sunlight coming through can even lessen the amount of heat that transfers through the slider, keeping your home cooler and potentially lessening your energy bill.

Louvered Pergolas – The Ultimate Adjustable Coverage Option

Louvered PergolasMaybe you don’t want to give up the natural lighting inside your home, but you also want a cover that will protect your outdoor spaces during unwarranted weather. In these cases, louvered pergolas are the perfect choice. They are permanent and extremely long-lasting structures. Their placement is flexible and can be freestanding, wall attached, and more.

The ultimate difference between louvered pergolas and patio covers or standard pergolas is that the roof and coverage is adjustable. Louvered pergolas consist of horizontal slats, “called louvers”, that pivot and rotate for variable lighting and shade. They work similarly to window blinds. Each blade on your window blinds is connected to a pully system. When you pull the cord one way, the blinds close, when you pull the other, they open. Louvered pergolas work in much of the same way. Each “louver” is connected to a control bar that is then connected to a motor. With the touch of a button, you can rotate the louvers to your desired angle.

Remember what I was saying about attached patio covers affecting the interior natural lighting of adjoining rooms? Well, with a louvered pergola you don’t have to worry about this. When you’re not using your patio, you can simply open the louvers, either partially or fully, and let in the light. So, you can keep that natural lighting inside, without having to give up the full outdoor coverage desired.

In addition, we designed Apollo louvers to overlap and interlock, creating a virtually waterproof seal. This, in addition to our 360° gutter system, helps keep your outdoor spaces dry and protected from the rain. Like I said, all the benefits of a patio cover and pergola, wrapped up in one sweet package.

The Best Option For You

Don’t settle for a structure you aren’t going to be 100% happy with. It’s a big investment, and it’s worth the cost to get something you’ll both love and utilize. Apollo’s louvered pergolas give you control every second of every day, 365 days a year. No more running for the house when you’re entertaining guests and the weather starts to turn. Sun and shade when you want, protection when you need. Apollo allows you the freedom to stay outside and enjoy that outdoor space you’ve worked hard to create.

If you’re interested in installing a louvered pergola, Apollo is ready to help. With over 25 years of experience in the outdoor living and construction industries, our team is positioned to deliver the most advanced roof system available. You can contact our team by filling out the contact form HERE.

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