The benefits of a retractable awning vs a pergola

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Winter is the perfect time to start planning your backyard renovation. One of the most common questions we get asked is, should you install a pergola or an outdoor retractable awning in Sydney?

We are going to look at both options and help you decide the right one for your backyard.


What is a pergola?

A pergola is a permanent structure that provides shade and weather protection. It is made of fixed posts, an overhead roof, guttering and drainpipes.

As it is a more permanent structure, a pergola is not a great DIY project. You may require the assistance of a builder and plumber to ensure it is up to the required standards.

Building a pergola may also require permits and council approval. Making it a job best suited for a professional or experienced home builder.

Usually constructed from timber or Colorbond, a pergola is great if you need a permanent outdoor undercover area.

Pergolas have their advantages and disadvantages. They allow you to keep your outdoor furniture permanently protected all year round.

But they can also limit and block sunlight from your home in winter. During the colder months, a pergola can also become a cold, uninviting outdoor space. Which may restrict you from comfortably entertaining outside.


What is a retractable awning?

A retractable awning is an extendable fabric cover that provides shelter from the elements. Unlike a pergola, an awning can be retracted when not in use.

A folding arm awning can be wound back into its housing. The housing will blend in with your home’s exterior wall, creating a more open feel to your patio area.

There is also the option for a retractable pergola. This can give you the benefits of both solutions. Allowing you to have a permanent structure and the flexibility of a retractable roof.

Which one should I choose?

Everyone uses their backyard differently. We have found that most people love the flexibility a retractable awning offers them all year round.

During the summer months, your awning can stay fully extended. Providing shade and protection from the rain while entertaining.

Furthermore, it will also filter the harsh summer heat from entering your home. This will in turn save you money on cooling your home.

In our experience, we find that people who install a pergola will only use it during warmer months. The limited sunlight entering a pergola area can create a cold environment during winter.

Those who install a verandah awning in Sydney, tend to use their outdoor space all year round. As an awning allows you to open the outdoor space up and let some much-needed warmth in.

Using a retractable awning allows you to control the amount of sunlight that enters your home. Unlike a permanent pergola, you can retract the awning in the colder months. This will let more sunlight into your home. And it’ll save you money on heating costs.

A retractable awning can also help prevent mold and moss growth around your home. Opening your patio area will allow shaded areas prone to moisture to completely dry out.

Overall, a retractable awning is the perfect choice. Providing you with the same weather protection as a pergola, with the added flexibility.

Using an awning will also save you money on heating and cooling your home. It gives you full control of the amount of sunlight and heat entering through your windows.

Eureka Awnings is a leading supplier of external awnings in Sydney. We offer a large range of awning solutions to suit your individual needs. Contact us on 1300 789 886 to book an appointment to explore our showroom.