Do Pergolas Provide Shade?

Jan 06, 2020

Do Pergolas Provide Shade?

Pergolas are beautiful structures that can become the centerpiece of any backyard or garden. With their open lattice ceilings, pergolas serve as an elegant and airy addition to any homeowner’s yard. However, because of space between the slats of a pergola’s roof, you may be wondering if pergolas provide any shade.

The Best of Both Worlds

The short answer is yes, pergolas provide some shade. Lounging underneath a pergola is very similar to sitting underneath a tree. You can enjoy some rays of sunlight peeking through, but also get some relief with streaks of shade. So if you don’t want to sacrifice all sunlight from hitting your patio or deck area, but would like some relief from the hot rays, a pergola is the perfect solution.

The amount of sunlight blocked by the top of a pergola depends on certain aspects such as the size of the lattice slats and the angle at which you have it installed. If you truly love the look of a pergola but want to get more shade out of it, then you can cover the beams with an outdoor fabric or add a climbing plant with vines that will eventually cover your top. You can even opt to have an operable pergola installed, which has a roof that can be opened or closed with the touch of a button.

Other Options

Ultimately, though, pergolas typically do not provide complete shade and sun protection. If you have an outdoor area that you want truly covered in shade, then a patio cover or awning may be a better option for your needs.

As a leading outdoor living company, TEMO Backyard Living offers top-quality pergolas that offer the ultimate combination of sun and shade. Contact us today to learn more about our pergolas and if they provide enough shade for your outdoor area.