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Sias Parsons

Sias Parsons is the co-founder and owner of Big Yeti Builders, a company specializing in deck-building and remodeling in Utah. With a passion for creativity, Sias earned a degree in Graphic Design & Communications. Sias and his company have been recognized as a Specialist of the Year and has been featured in Deck Specialist Magazine. Sias writes about deck building and related topics on his company's website.

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The Ultimate Outdoor Upgrade: A Pergola with a Roof for Added Enjoyment

Looking to enjoy your deck or patio more? Consider the addition of a pergola with a roof. Combining function with style, a roofed pergola offers a versatile solution for your outdoor living space, adding to your home’s architecture and its natural surroundings.

Gone are the days when pergolas served just as garden ornaments; today’s pergolas with roofs are innovative structures that enhance your outdoor lifestyle while adding value to your property. Whether you’re seeking a cozy nook for intimate gatherings, a stylish area for outdoor entertaining, or a serene retreat to enjoy the beauty of your garden, a roofed pergola provides the perfect blend of shade, shelter, and sophistication.

Photo of a pergola with a louvered roof providing cover for a deck

What is a Roofed Pergola?

Whether we are talking about a roofed pergola or a pergola with a roof, they both refer to the same thing: An outdoor structure with vertical posts or pillars and cross beams made of durable, weather-resistant materials. Unlike traditional pergolas, designed to offer shade protection by filtering sunlight, roofed pergolas provide complete shade and protection from the elements.

Traditional pergolas were prominent in Italian gardens. They supported vines that created lush, cool walkways. Over time, the classic garden pergola made of wood with a lattice roof evolved into more dynamic structures with full roofs, which improved the outdoor experience. 

Photo of a pergola with a deck

Freestanding or Attached to Your Home

A pergola with a roof can be either freestanding or attached to the house, depending on your preferences and needs. A freestanding pergola is an independent structure placed on a deck, a patio, in the yard, or in a garden.

An attached pergola is built off the side of a house, offering an extension of the indoor living space. Both styles protect from the elements and enhance the aesthetics of your outdoor area, but their placement and integration with the rest of the home or yard will vary.

What Type of Material is Used for Pergolas

Wood and metal are the most common materials used in pergola construction. Wood types like cedar, redwood, and pressure-treated pine are popular for their natural beauty and durability. However, they require regular maintenance and may be costlier than other options in the long run.

Metal pergolas, typically made from aluminum or steel, are robust and long-lasting. They offer a modern, sleek design with minimalist lines, but they do not offer the same kind of aesthetic appeal as a classic cedar pergola. At Big Yeti Builders, we like aluminum because it is a lightweight, durable material that is resistant to corrosion. It is further enhanced and protected by a powder coating. Aluminum pergolas require minimal maintenance.

Pergola Roof Styles

Do you want a pergola structure with a static, fixed roof? If so, consider a pavilion that functions like a freestanding pergola with a solid roof. Here are the different kinds of pergola roofs:

Louvered Pergola in Black
  • Louvered Roof: These roofs feature louvers, or slats, that fit into a frame and can be adjusted, either manually or motorized, to allow for more or less sunlight.
  • Retractable Roof: This style typically features retractable canopies made of durable fabric that can be opened or closed.
  • Semi-Open Roof: This roof structure is partially open or covered, providing filtered shade with wood beams or rafters in a crisscross pattern, leaving portions open to the sky.
  • Green Roof: This roof style uses vines or other kinds of vegetation grown in a medium to provide coverage.

How to Choose from Your Pergola Roof Options

When you have settled on a covered pergola and are trying to understand which is the best for your project, here are some things to consider:

  • Determine how you want to use your pergola. Do you want to use your outdoor space for dining, relaxation, or as an extension of your living space? If the purpose is for dining or entertainment, you will want an option that allows the roof to be completely closed and provides a waterproof area. Louvered roofs can handle this and protect from light or heavy rain.
  • Choose a consistent style. Choosing a pergola that complements your existing home or garden style. If you have a contemporary-style house, consider an aluminum pergola. Have wood siding on your home? Then match it with a wooden pergola.
Photo of a traditional wooden pergola

Design Options for Your Pergola with a Roof

Explore some accessible and appealing design choices that cater to various tastes and home styles:

  • Embrace Simplicity with Modern Designs: Modern pergolas are about clean lines, minimalistic structure, and functionality. Opt for a sleek design with a flat, retractable roof that provides shade and complements a contemporary aesthetic. Materials like aluminum and a neutral color palette can create a sophisticated space that feels open and intimate.
  • Go Classic with Traditional Styles: If your home exudes classic charm, consider a traditional wooden pergola with a pitched roof. Such designs often incorporate latticework or ornate detailing, creating a timeless and elegant outdoor area. You can enhance this classic beauty with climbing plants, outdoor living features like string lights, or even hanging lanterns for a touch of romance and nostalgia.
  • Create a Natural Oasis with Rustic Themes: A rustic pergola design is ideal for those who love a more natural, earthy vibe. Think rough-hewn wooden beams, a thatched roof, or even reclaimed wood. This style harmonizes seamlessly with lush greenery, stone pathways, and rustic furniture, offering a serene escape that feels like a step into nature.
  • Experience Versatility with Louvered Roofs: Louvered roof pergolas offer the ultimate blend of style and practicality. With adjustable slats, you can control sunlight, shade, and ventilation, adapting effortlessly to the weather or your mood. This pergola type fits any architectural style, from modern to traditional, and can be customized in various materials and finishes.
  • Infuse Character with Custom Details: Incorporate elements that reflect your taste. Consider integrating outdoor heaters, a ceiling fan, a fire pit, a living room with outdoor furniture, or an outdoor kitchen for added comfort and utility.

Big Yeti Builders Will Build Your Perfect Roofed Pergola

Whether you want a louvered pergola roof for entertaining and dining or a wooden pergola roof for a classic look, our experienced team at Big Yeti Builders has you covered. We will walk you through your options and help you understand what is best based on your preferences, your home’s style, and your property. Schedule a free consultation today, and let’s turn your backyard dreams into a reality!