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Pergola Options You Won’t Want to Live Without

May 18th, 2022

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With the all the changes that have taken place over the past few years, many have decided to invest in their homes by bringing vacation living to everyday life. Pergolas have become an important part of these outdoor living spaces.

The pergolas themselves, however, have come such a long way since the beginning of their surge in popularity. StruXure has a variety of styles and sizes to fit your project needs. If you are considering adding one to your outdoor area, here are some fun new features you may not have realized were now available.


The classic wooden pergola may still have its niche, but now you can go custom with manufactured options that would match or complement the exterior of your home with thousands of custom colors or woodgrains from which to choose. Stainless steel hardware can extend the life of your pergola. Just like their wood counterparts, these new metal pergolas offer a multitude of gable styles.


Louvers are a favorite selection, but what if you still want to use your outdoor haven in the rain? Creative options to the rescue! Mechanical blinds are a good choice and can be operated via remote or using a cell phone. There are embedded sensors that can detect precipitation or high UV rays, causing blinds to close robotically. Custom pergolas include integrated gutter systems that are designed to keep excess water flowing away from you and your house. Most louvers have variable slats that can moved to angle either in or out, thus helping with airflow to keep you and your guests more comfortable. If you aren’t a fan of louvres, solid pans are also a possibility and could be strategically placed.

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Artificial Intelligence

Yes, you read that right – you have A.I. options for your outdoor pergola. Custom systems come with a stock remote control, but that’s just the beginning. From wireless wall switches and apps to integrations with your home’s automation systems, these pergolas are designed to be an extension of your home and provide the best possible user experience. You are even able to utilize voice control by integrating with Alexa, Google Assistant and more.

But What About the Bugs?

Some summer evenings can get pretty buggy – there’s even a solution for that. Custom, automatic screens are another option. Screens can slide up to be hidden away or lowered to the ground to keep the bugs at bay. They can even be partially drawn to block the sun when it seems to be right at eye level.

Bells and Whistles

Once you have the structure planned to fit your setting, there are still more choices to make! Integrate lighting, sound, fans or heaters. There is a multitude of choices at your disposal. Pretty much whatever you can imagine, they can build.

We work locally with Smart Outdoor Living to create the pergolas that will meet the exact specifications of your project. If you’d like to learn more about their products, we suggest you start with their latest catalog.

Pergolas have become an important part of outdoor living spaces. Learn about some fun new features you may not have realized were available when planning your space.