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Forever Redwood recently completed development of a new evolutionary Pergola design.

Outdoor Shade Structures are normally divided into 2 categories: Pergolas or Pavilions.

Pergolas are traditional shade structures that provide partial shade and a focal point in any landscape. They are often used either as a transition space from indoors to outdoors (when placed adjacent to buildings) or as meeting places in open areas. They are available in almost any shape and size imaginable and have existed since Pre-Roman times. Traditionally they have been made from high quality wood that is then left to weather and create the romantic “I have been here forever look”. Depending on how it is designed, pergolas offer substantial shade in late afternoons while retaining an open roof airy design that maintains an open sky feel.

Pavilions are a more recent development. The main difference between a pergola and a pavilion is in the roof design. The sides are usually open in both pergolas and pavilions. The pergola roof provides partial shade and no water protection while the pavilion’s roof construction is completely enclosed. Pavilions are usually built with tongue and groove boards and then a final roofing skin is added. They offer 100% shade and water protection, but do not allow for sunlight to enter from the roof like a pergola does.

Forever Redwood has been experimenting with a Shade Structure that can bridge most of the gap between a Pergola and a Pavilion. We recently installed our first pergolas that accmplish this by way of a year round louvered system. The louvers are made from high qualty thick wood and are held in place with a recessed set of aluminum hardware that will never rust or decay. The louvers can be set to any degree between fully opened and fully closed. The resulting louvered pergola roof allows you to open it as much as you like during the low light months or portions of the day to allow more sunlight to enter while giving you the option to close the roof to the degree you wish to not allow any or much sunlight during hot days.

The issue of visibility and degree of shade is bridged in this regard and makes a louvered pergola a solution in areas where temperature variation is significant through the seasons (most of the U.S.). The louvered pergola also is water resistant, but is not water proof 100%. A light drizzle can be handled by closing the roof. If you choose to have a louvered pergola built with a roof line that has an incline, water resistance can be increased substantially.

Raul F. Hernandez
Forever Redwood
Address: 33710 Annapolis Rd., Annapolis, CA 95412
Phone: 866 332 2403 (toll-free)