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Do Pergolas Provide Shade?

by | Feb 5, 2024 | Pergolas

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If you love spending time outdoors, you might be looking for some form of protection against the elements that’s a little more stylish than a cap or quirky sun sleeves. Why not install a pergola? These structures provide shade and, more importantly, round off the look and feel of any patio, deck, or outdoor space.

Custom sunlight canopy designs from experts like Van Nuys Awning Co.® are sure to suit your property’s specifications and your unique needs. Let’s take a deeper look into creating shade with pergolas to help you see if this is a good fit for your home.

What’s a Pergola?

A pergola is an overhead structure standing on vertical columns or posts. You can join it to your property’s roof or a wall or have the pergola as a standalone structure. Usually, it has slatted beams or latticework instead of a solid roof material.

Beyond being an impressive yard feature, you can install a pergola for the purpose of blocking sunlight, rain, snowfall, and other harsh elements. This way, you can have a relaxing time outside. The pergola’s open design also allows air to circulate freely, adding to your comfort. 

How Does a Pergola Provide Shade?

So, how do pergolas provide shade if they typically have slats instead of full coverage? Depending on the pergola design and the kind of fabric or structural material used, you can customize how much shade you want to have. For example, a robust pergola fabric might block up to 99% of the sun’s harmful UV rays! 

A pergola creates a decent physical barrier against the sun’s rays, even with particle coverage, but can a pergola block heat? Yes, sun-blocking pergola designs block heat in various ways. For example, a darker fabric absorbs the sun’s rays to prevent the heat from reaching you and then dissipates it with the air flowing through the space.

Your pergola may also block heat by partially preventing sunlight from warming the interior. The floor, rugs, furniture, and other stuff under the pergola won’t absorb as much solar energy or become too hot. Enjoy relaxing outdoors during the hottest summer days and every day before or after, too.

Pergola Sun Protection Depends on Placement

The amount of shade you get from your pergola will depend on where you place it. For instance, if it’s on the east side, the structure will guarantee you more afternoon shade. If you prefer more shade during the morning hours, a pergola on the west side might be better. 

If you want to enjoy even more benefits of pergola shade, consider attaching it to your house. You won’t get as much shade when you install a standalone pergola in your backyard away from your house.

Reach Out for Custom Shade Options for Pergolas

Do pergolas provide shade that’s effective against the summer heat? Maybe you want to know more about awning vs pergola before you decide on one. If so, call the experts at Van Nuys Awning Co.® at (805) 973-0257 for answers, advice, or a free quote on your new pergola!

<a href="" target="_self">Don Powell</a>

Don Powell

Hi, I’m Don Powell! I am the 4th generation of the Powell family that started Van Nuys Awning. I am an IFAI Master Craftsmen, served on the board of the WCPA and now CEO of Van Nuys Awning. I worked my way through Van Nuys Awning learning how to install, design and manufacture awnings for the last 48 years. I handle the sales for most of our large and corporate accounts. I take great pride in our client’s happiness and successful installation and manufacturing to our client’s design. One step I take to maintain our company’s quality and client’s request will align is to personally oversee each project’s work order. Thanks for taking time to view, read, and consider working with Van Nuys Awning.
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