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Hello! I would like to give you the warmest welcome to my blog. My name is Pete and last year, I decided to carry out some home improvements. Somewhat foolishly, I decided to try and carry out the work myself. As you can imagine, it was a bit of a disaster as I do not have many skills. Thankfully, I have a friend who works in the construction and contracting service. He called in some of his friends who were able to come in and fix up the mess I had made. I am really pleased with the results so I thought I would write about it here.


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Should Your New Pergola Have an Adjustable Roof?

by Regina Barnett

When you've decided to add a pergola to your home, you need to consider how cooperative the local weather is going to be while you're trying to enjoy your new pergola. The trick is to choose a design that adapts to the amount of available sunlight.

Louvred Roofing

A pergola needs a roof, but you might want to opt for a design that offers adjustable roofing, which is known as louvred roofing. This is when the roof of the pergola has multiple adjustable rotating shutters, which can be used to regulate the amount of sunshine that shines directly into the pergola. The adjustments are made via the control unit, which can be mounted to the wall. A remote control option is also possible. You simply rotate the shutters which make up the louvred roof until the desired amount of sunshine has been achieved.

When the Rain Falls

The downside to a pergola with adjustable louvres is that it will not be entirely waterproof when the rain begins to fall. Although the louvres will close to create a seemingly enclosed roof, the design of the pergola means that the roof will not be as enclosed as it appears to be. The louvres cannot create a watertight seal when closed, meaning that a small amount of leakage into the pergola is inevitable with heavy rain. A light drizzle is unlikely to create any issues, and there's also the rather pertinent fact that you probably will only be using your pergola when the weather is accommodating. 

Under the Pergola

This potential for leakage creates some minor potential issues with the type of furniture you might have under your pergola. Any upholstered outdoor furniture will need to be brought inside during the rain, and any wooden furniture will need to be finished with an appropriate waterproof sealant to prevent damage from prolonged exposure to rain. This problem can be overcome with an optional extra that your pergola builders will be able to provide. It's possible to install a rain sensor into the roof of the pergola, which will automatically close the louvres when it begins to rain Even though the seal will not be watertight, it will considerably minimise the amount of water that would have been able to enter the pergola. 

A small amount of leakage in the event of heavy rain doesn't cancel the benefits of being able to adjust the amount of light when the sun is shining, so louvred roofing should certainly be a consideration in the design of your pergola.

For more information, contact a local pergola builder.