Pergolas are wide-open structures with support beams, no walls, and often an open roof. Vinyl pergolas are gaining popularity because they are environmentally friendly, affordable, durable, and provide better aesthetic appeal than alternatives such as pergolas made from wood. The open-top design of a pergola allows for sufficient sunlight and air circulation. This 10′ X 20′ Vinyl Pergola Kit can easily be put up in under a day by most homeowners thus saving on contractor building costs.
Create Shade with a Pergola
While pergolas can help you create an appealing focal point for your patio or garden, you may want to control the amount of sunlight or rainfall that sips through into your pergola. Here are a few ideas of how to create pergola shade.
Best Plants for Pergola Shade
Live foliage has always been a favorite pergola cover for many homeowners. You can let plants such as grapevines to grow over your pergola to provide shade during sunny summer afternoons. Other plants such as Bougainvillea, Wisteria, Honeysuckle, Grape, Trumpet Vine, Clematis, and Morning Glory provide excellent shade too.
Growing plants over your pergola can be a fantastic addition for homeowners who love gardening and would like to use plants to enhance the beauty and style of their outdoor space. Relaxing under a pergola covered with plants provides a relaxing feel with filtered shade and a beautiful scent of flowers.
Build a DIY Pergola Cover
You can easily fasten canvas and other fabric on top of your pergola to prevent sunlight or rain from sipping through. These fabrics can be fitted as one piece or as multiple strips. The one-piece covering is advantageous in geographies that do not receive a lot of rain, since there is less chance of rainwater clogging the fabric causing it to cave in. Using multiple strips also appears as more stylish.
Retractable pergola covers are also a great DIY idea as the ability to retract the shade cover allows for the enjoyment of the sun when it is pleasant and not overly hot. The canopy can simply be extended to provide full shade when the sun gets too hot.