While pergola’s are beautiful, there remains questions as to how much shade they actually provide. Over the past 10 years, there have been a variety of solutions that will provide additional shade and even create a dry space under your pergola.
The early solutions were fabric that could be attached to the top of the pergola to act similar to an awning but they were fixed in place. They came in a variety of colors and the Sunbrella fabric prevented them from fading. Some of the challenges we mildew and they still were not water proof.
Later, a company called Shade Tree developed a retractable fabric that installed under the pergola rafters. These have great utility but again are not water proof.
Most recently, we have discovered a polycarbonate resin that acts as a roof that can be screwed down on top of the pergola. This not only provides additional shade but is water proof!
If you are looking for just more shade, the easy solution is to add more rafters and perlins and place them closer together! To see a complete photo gallery of images of pergolas, go to archadeckofcharlotte.com