Pergolas are a great way to beautify your backyard. They are relatively inexpensive, easy to install, and really offer a great look. Unfortunately, shortly after installation of a pergola, many homeowners and business owners alike experience a bit of buyer's remorse. The fact of the matter is, that pergolas do not offer the amount of shade beneath them that many people are looking for. Their open design is intentional for aesthetic appeal, but it is not conducive to providing shade. If shade is what you are looking for, but you love the look and feel that a pergola offers, than a custom canvas pergola cover is exactly what you need.
A covered pergola will still look exactly the same as an uncovered pergola from across the yard or patio, but once you get underneath, the difference is night and day. The Before and After pictures show the vast difference in shade under a covered pergola. Do you have a problem with pigeons or seagulls dropping unwanted gifts from above? Do you have a pesky crabapple or mulberry tree raining down relentlessly? A pergola cover can not only protect you from these undesirable occurances, but can keep you a few degrees cooler while it does so.
Being as pergolas are typically built without any pitch to them, keeping rain out is another problem all together. Without adequate pitch for the water to run off, a solid cover just is not practical. After a good rain, the amount of water weight held between the rafters of your average pergola will cause even the best built cover to stretch, sag, or even tear completely. This is why the recommended fabric for pergola covers without pitch is a mesh material called Coolaroo.
Coolaroo is a professional grade architectural shade fabric. It is constructed to block up to 98.8% of harmful UV sun rays, has a specialized lock stitch knit for better air movement, is backed by a 10 year manufacturer's warranty, and considering the slew of benefits is also relatively inexpensive. Coolaroo will still let rain water pass through it, so you won't have to worry about your custom pergola cover being damaged due to rain. Just make sure that everything you keep under the pergola is built to withstand getting wet, or simply bring it inside if you hear rain in the weather forecast.
If you can't take the heat... beat it! Keep cool under your pergola by adding a custom cover, and get the most out of your investment.