Vergola vs Pergola — What’s the Difference


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Are you looking to improve the look of your backyard? Do you need more shade in your garden and a place where you’ll spend time with friends or just isolate yourself when you need peace and quiet? Many Australians may have heard the word Vergola when considering their backyard renovations. If you ever wondered what is the difference is between a Vergola and a pergola, then allow us to uncover the mystery! The latter describes a type of construction, where the word Vergola is actually a very clever company name that sounds similar to the word pergola.

‘Vergola’ is sometimes used to describe a regular timber pergola

Vergola supplies a roof system that will create an energy-efficient roof in your backyard, which is quite different to a standard timber pergola by definition. You can open or close a Vergola, considering the system uses angled louvres. Thanks to this modern system you can capture the sun in the winter, and control how much shade you’d like during summer. The louvres also offer nice ventilation and reflect the sunlight away providing you with enough shade when the sun is hotter than you can handle. Aside from protecting you from the sun, the louvres can also be closed to protect you and your belongings from rain. If you are considering a Vergola for your backyard, many opening roof systems offer the same or similar features under different brand names, with different styles and materials, such as the Eclipse Opening Roof.

Best alternative option to Vergola

If you are looking for a modern and high-tech opening roof system for your pergola, you may know the name Vergola. We’re here to tell you that the less-known Eclipse Opening Roof is an excellent alternative choice! And what’s more, Opening Roof Specialists can install the Eclipse Opening Roof louvre system into your existing pergola structure, or integrate a new construction into your environment. The design can be adjusted to suit your needs, and create an outdoor area that you’ll conveniently use all year. Thanks to the state-of-the-art features of the Eclipse Opening Roof, the rain sensor will detect rain and close the roof for you! While you can trust in the name Vergola, we can guarantee the Eclipse Opening Roof is a worthy comparison to give a stylish and modern upgrade to your home, adding net value to your property. When you want to design a dining, entertainment or relaxation area outdoors, adding opening-and-closing louvres to your pergola roof will be the way to do it. When comparing costs, an opening roof system will cost more than a pergola, but with all the features that a an opening roof can provide, it will be worth the investment.

How you can incorporate a modern pergola into your home design

  • Place it over a pool to offer more light and temperature control to the area
  • Enclose cooking and eating area and protect them from rain
  • Create private outdoor children play area safe from the elements

Features of a regular timber pergola

A pergola is a sturdy, open structure that usually has a rectangular or square shape. It has four supporting pillars and a flat and open roof made from horizontal planks of wood. A pergola offers enough open space below it. Pergolas are very often built to allow vines and plants to grow and climb all over them. Aside from that, pergolas are used to cover walkways and to provide shelter for seating areas.

Free-standing timber pergola.

Why you should build a pergola

If you’ve been considering creating an attractive construction in your yard where you’ll have enough shade, then a pergola is an ideal solution. A pergola provides a comfortable shaded area, without losing the feeling of being outdoors. Considering there are no walls or barriers to obstruct your view, sitting underneath a pergola will be a true enjoyment every time.

When you want to add a focal point to your garden and make your outdoor dining area a lot more welcoming, build a pergola. Not all pergolas are the same size. Therefore, some of them will be small enough for only 2 people, while others can accommodate 20. Aside from offering plenty of sun protection, a pergola can be a gorgeous, green structure in your yard that will serve as a little sanctuary where you can rest, read or enjoy the fresh air. Pergolas can create great spaces for dining and socialising as well as allowing you to look out over your backyard. Do you need more privacy in your backyard? Putting in a pergola can add privacy to your property too. That is especially true if you opt for a covering such as latticework, shades, or curtains.

Final Thoughts

When you start looking for focal points or improvements for your garden, make sure you consider pergolas and vergolas. Depending on your needs, both of these structures will offer unique properties. If you’re looking for a traditional timber structure without louvres, you should consider a pergola. On the other hand, if you’d prefer a structure which is more modern and features automatic louvres that will instantly close when it starts to rain, then a Vergola roof system may have the right product for you. But you should also consider alterntive options such as the Eclipse Opening Roof. Remember, you can always request an expert Design Consultant to help you create the most attractive and useful outdoor entertaining area for your property.

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Opening Roof Specialists is different to other pergola builders. Firstly, as the name suggests, we specialise in opening roof systems. We have a team of factory workers who build everything in-house, and a highly-skilled team of experienced roof installers who know exactly how to install our products. This guarantees the best-finished result on all pergolas, awnings, and alfresco roofs installed by Opening Roof Specialists.

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