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6 Questions About Half or Full Roof Pergola Styles

Last Updated on November 30, 2022

When you begin to consider adding an outdoor living space to your home, it’s important to contemplate how your patio cover will fit your personal outdoor living lifestyle. Do you want to sunbathe on your patio or be protected from the direct sun and rain? Do you want a more flexible solution with which you can control the amount of sun and shade? What will you do when Mother Nature rains on your garden party? These questions will all impact your choice for louvered, half or full roof pergola.

All pergolas have a roof of some sort. They can range from a full-coverage fixed roof, to a static louvered top, to one made of fully adjustable louvers. So, let’s explore pergola roof options to help you decide which style is best for your patio cover.

What is a Full Roof Pergola?

A full roof pergola will create full-time shade on your patio. Some might also call it a gazebo or pavilion. The Azenco R-Shade’s full coverage design is made from insulated sandwich panels to reflect the sun and keep the space below nice and cool in the summer (or even retain heat in the winter).

Full roof pergola by Azenco

What is a Pergola Without a Roof?

A static louver roof is one with roof slats that do not move. While it’s not actually a roof at all, it still fits the purest definition of a pergola. These designs are more traditionally seen in a garden or vineyard where plants or grape vines need something to climb for maximum sun exposure. They do little to control the sun and are completely unable to create rain protection.

Can a Pergola Have an Adjustable Roof?

As mentioned above, a full coverage roof is an option, but adjustable louvered roof pergolas are truly dynamic designs. Able to adjust as the sun traverses the sky, the louvers can be opened or closed to create the perfect balance of sun and shade.

Pergola with ajustable roof Gapless by Azenco

What is the Best Roof Type?

Obviously, providing protection from the sun’s heat and harmful rays is a primary reason to add a roof to your pergola. But, to make your outdoor living space a truly all-weather destination, you’ll need a roof that also captures and drains rain water and snow melt. Our adjustable louvered roof design is what separates Azenco’s R-Blade pergola from the traditional static wood louver models and even other adjustable louvered models on the market. Fabricated from lightweight-yet-strong extruded aluminum, and powder coated to match your home’s exterior, our R-Blade also features a hidden gutter system so your pergola maintains the sleek exterior lines to fit in with any architectural style.

What is the Point of a Pergola Roof?

Many clients ask us about the design and functionality advantages of fixed-roof pergolas providing full-time sun and rain protection versus adjustable louvered roof pergolas that allow you to control the sun/shade mix. Each has their advantages, of course. But, a hybrid dual-roof pergola that is half pergola half roof, allows you to enjoy both roof styles and all the functionality that comes with each.

hybrid dual-roof pergola that is half pergola half roof

How Does a Patio Cover Incorporate Half Pergola Half Roof?

The dealers that work with Azenco throughout the country are some of the best designers and installers in the industry, and they are particularly adept with these truly custom dual-roof pergola designs. These projects can take on many looks, including:

  • Split Zone Pergolas – A two-zone pergola design can be, quite literally, half pergola half roof. This split zone allows one side of the outdoor living space to remain in full-shade all day, while the sun and rain protection on the other side is completely adjustable. With our motorized louver system, the skylight can open and close to control the shade and block out the rain.
  • Adjustable Louvered Skylight – One breathtaking way to combine a fixed roof with a louvered roof pergola is by creating a louvered skylight. The solid roof creates the desired full-time shade and can support patio fans or embedded lighting. Adding an autonomous sensor array even automatically closes the louvers at the first sign of rain, allowing this design to be added to an interior courtyard.
  • Cantilever Pergola Roof – Your custom pergola can be fabricated to provide some overhang that extends beyond the frame. How much overhang can you have on a pergola? Well, for aesthetic and engineering reasons the overhang is usually limited to about 20”. That said, we’ve created some truly stunning cantilevered pergolas that overhang pools, patios and decks. This design creates an amazing architectural feature and ensures unobstructed views from your outdoor space.


If you’d like to connect with one of our expert design partners to explore the ideal roof styling for your outdoor living space, please contact us and we’ll connect you with our network for local dealers.

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  1. Hello. I would like to get my patio covered with R Shade pergola. The dimensions are 24 ft * 16 ft. What is the best size possible to cover this patio? I do not want 2 pergolas to be combined to achieve this? Can it be custom made to fit this size?

    1. Hello Siddharth

      We appreciate your interest in our R-Shade pergola.
      One of our representatives will be in touch with you shortly.

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