since you want dense shade, i would put at least 2 layers of top members. the top layer is a repeat of the first layer. i did one pergola by a pool for a client that wanted even denser shade, and on the second top layer i used 1' x 4' lumber laid flat with only a small space between each piece. this created a pergola look with almost a solid cover.
for those looking to retreat to the shade, pergolas can also work with uv-resistant, retractable canopies, providing you with the option of indulging in the sun or finding some shade. a pergola can also be equipped with curtains , allowing you to grab a bit of privacy whenever you want and adding a distinct touch of style to a setting.
a permanent structure is needed to provide shade to an area of decking used for dining. shade sails will be fitted to provide the shade during summer. the sails could stress the pergola during windy weather in winter so will be removed out of season. the project is now completed and has provided a useful
a pergola can do so much more than simply provide shade. in fact, a pergola can define an outdoor space, create a destination for friends and family, and provide a garden focal point. one idea for turning an average pergola into a stunning outdoor feature is to grow climbing plants.
pergolas and gazebos are a popular and attractive way to add shade to a back yard or over a patio or deck. they do have some short comings though. depending on the time of day and the angle of the sun, they may be long periods of time when there is little or no shade under the pergola.
one on the inside and the outside of the posts four in all. make sure they are level to the ground and each other. ** note: if you are building a shade pergola mount your rafters for optimum shade to the afternoon sun. much of the shade will be east of the pergola depending on rafter height and location.
a freestanding structure with an open roof that is supported by columns or posts. a pergola may be used to cover a walkway or to provide filtered shade for an outdoor living space. the word pergola has come to be used interchangeably with patio cover.
this unique style pergola will provide shade to your patio or wood deck. it features classic columns which support a wooden lattice framework that dapples the light. the columns are not that hard to build as you might think because you are not going to make them they are hollow-core and precast.
sometimes that glare hits you from every angle, and you can't seem to escape it. while most shade structures like this attached pergola designed by hively landscapes in dover, pennsylvania, provide overhead protection, they don't do much to stop intense rays from a setting sun. that's when these roll-up shades comes in handysimply pull them down when needed, and retract when there's no glare.
all units are built for quick, bolt-together assembly, with minimal equipment. once footings are installed, our standard bolt-together pergola units can be assembled by a two-man crew in one day. the standard size bolt-together frames, with a full roof structure, can be installed by a two-man crew in two days.
although they look somewhat unfinished to the untrained eye, pergolas do provide shade. the size of the beams and their spacing will determine exactly how much shade is provided, though a pergola on its own can never create a fully-shaded space.
how do pergolas actually provide shade. you can increase the amount of shade provided by a pergola in a few ways. you may wish to have ivy, star jasmine or other vine or creeper growing over the pergola, creating a natural plant canopy. this also makes the pergola feel more like its a part of the garden.
and thats a cover for the pergola that goes over my outdoor kitchen area. while the pergola provides some shade, it isnt very helpful during the day when the sun is directly overhead prime cookout hours and it doesnt provide any protection at all when its raining. not that i expect to be standing out there all day in the rain.