Pergola Awning is Best for Sun, Wind & Rain

August 19, 2021

At Milanese Remodeling, we install many different types of awnings throughout Chester County. One of our favorites is the pergola awning. For more information, check out our guide for choosing the best awning for your home.

What is a Pergola Awning?

A pergola awning combines a traditional garden structure & retractable awnings.

The Pergola - A Traditional Garden Structure

The Pergola – A Traditional Garden Structure

The Pergola:

The pergola is a traditional garden structure. It’s made with columns, beams & rafters.

Vines can grow on the pergola for shade, but this can be messy. This attracts birds’ nests & droppings. Falling leaves and bees are also known to be a problem with a traditional pergola.

Learn more about traditional pergolas.

Inside of large deck with pergola

Retractable Awning is Best for On-Demand Shade

The Retractable Awning:

Retractable awnings are the best way to get on-demand shade in order to enjoy the outdoors at home.

They keep us cool on our deck or patio during warm weather. But retractable awnings, like SunSetters, break in high wind or heavy rain.

Learn more about retractable awnings.


Pergola awning with fabric retracted suits any architectural style of home and is best for sun, wind & rain

Pergola Awning- First it’s a Pergola…

The Pergola Retractable Awning:

The updated pergola retractable awning gives an updated European take on a traditional pergola.

It works well with every architectural style of home. Fabric can also add color and style to the outdoor living space.

Learn more about retractable pergola awnings.

Pergola With Louvered Blades:

Far shot of an open pergola

Pergola With Louvered Blades

We now offer louvered blades for your traditional pergola. Louvered blades rotate on demand for protection from rain and snow. With a louvered pergola, you can have partial shade or full sun protection. This is great for families that can’t decide if they want to retract the awning or not.


  • Protects even the largest patio or deck from sun.


  • Pergola Awnings are designed to handle winds up to 125 mph!
  • Withstands higher winds than an old-fashioned stationary or retractable awning.


  • Pergola awnings can handle rain!
  • Can include an integrated water management system.
  • The beam is a gutter and the columns are downspouts.

Learn more about pergolas with motorized louvers.

VIDEO: “What is the best retractable awning for sun, wind & rain?”  

VIDEO: “Best Retractable Awning for Sun Wind & Rain”

Video Playlist: Pergola Awnings:

Ready to Get Started with a Pergola Project?

If you are considering a pergola awning, contact us today! We can help walk you through all of your options and find the right design for you. We also partner with Synchrony to offer financing for projects from $1,000 to $100,000.