Pergolas have been used for hundreds of years as a means of supporting plant material in an effort to create a shaded seating area or even a protected tunnel to allow access from one building to another in lights rain or bright sunlight. The pergolas of the past were most often a wooden structure with horizontal beams across the top. The more current day application of a pergola is a rustic structure with four large columns or posts. The support columns are most often constructed of wood and the top beams can also be made of wood. But there is now a much newer option which offers homeowners the ability to turn their shaded pergola into a closed ceiling structure at the flip of a switch. These louvered pergolas offer some great features that make them a perfect solution for your Arizona outdoor living space.
Louvered pergolas use aluminum rather than wood beams for the top of the structure. This allows for very strong louvers which will not rust and can withstand hurricane force winds while still being able to open and close unlike the fixed wooden beams of a standard pergola. The support columns for the pergola are also constructed of aluminum but can be mounted on short columns constructed of wood or masonry to blend with the design of your home or other landscape features. The louvers are opened and closed using a small remote control and optional additions to the louvered pergola include a ceiling fan and lighting. [Read more…]