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Why retractable pergolas are a must-have for your garden

Who else dreams about having garden parties all year round? Technically, you could have garden parties all year round, but do you really want to be in the cold and possible rain whilst enjoying your favourite drink? I didn’t think so. Of course, you can still invite your friends and family around during the colder months of the year, but you can’t really enjoy your garden space during these months.

What if I told you there is a way to enjoy your garden space no matter the weather? It seems too good to be true, right? It’s the perfect solution – a retractable pergola. A-what? A modern pergola, basically.

You might be familiar with traditional pergolas. As an article on The Spruce explains, traditional pergolas are outdoor structures which consist of “columns that support a roofing grid of beams and rafters.” These are usually freestanding but can also be attached to a house.

Traditional pergolas offer a comfortable and stylish outdoor living space which provides shade during the hot summer months. These outdoor structures are perfect for any outdoor space, and it’s not surprising that they were listed as one of 2019’s top landscape trends by the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP).

The only downside about traditional pergolas is that they don’t offer protection against the changing weather, so if it starts to rain or if it gets freezing cold outside, you can’t really take advantage of this outdoor space. This is where retractable pergolas come to the rescue!

As Designer Shade Solutions puts it, retractable pergolas “are the perfect alternative to traditional pergolas.” These feature a retractable roof system which allows you to enjoy the sun during the warm months of the year and if it starts to rain, the roof can immediately close.

To create the ultimate retractable pergola for all-year usage, Designer Shade Solutions recommends combining the retractable pergola with side glass screens and heating. These modern pergolas allow you to enjoy your outdoor area to the fullest during the cold winter months whilst keeping warm and comfortable.

What do you think of these modern pergolas?

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