A hybrid pergola is a fantastic solution as for covering your deck, it can even curl around the corners of your home. It makes the most of both attached and freestanding pergola design, starting off with an attachment to the corner of the house, and then using free standing pillars to support the long corner to create a farmer’s porch kind of effect.
The difference between a hybrid pergola is unique in that it has solid panels between the beams, the tricky part is working out how to where to build your hybrid pergola to give you the maximum amount of shade as the sun swings around your home. These are some of the most popular ways of covering your hybrid pergola:
- Permanent panels – lexan or aluminum panels fit between the beams of your pergola and provide shade from direct, overhead sunshine. The permanent versions of these act like a roof, protecting you from sun and rain alike. They will also stop debris from nearby trees from falling on your hybrid pergola space. The benefit of a hybrid cover pergola canopy is that once they’re installed, you don’t have to worry about them until you decide to replace them in 20 more years’ time.
- Retractable pergola canopies – retractable pergola canopies are ones where you can pull a string and retract the small sections of roof, much like a blind system on a window. This allows you to control the amount of sunshine coming in as the sun moves across the sky. The downfall is that it’s easy to forget to put the canopies back in place at the end of a long evening, leaving your entertaining space open in the case of overnight rainfall. These often get broken by extreme wind and weather conditions.
- Pergola sunshades – unlike the canopies, pergola sunshades attach to the side of your hybrid pergola to create walls and block out low sunshine and wind. These are ideal if the corner of your home sits in a windy location or if your house is up high and gets a lot of sunshine in the morning and evenings.
It is, of course, possible to install both canopies and sunshades that you can extend to match the position of the sun and the needs of your guests.