Freestanding, lean-to, bioclimatic and hanging pergolas... The decision to install a pergola requires a certain investment. It modifies part of the property by adding character. That's why it's essential to make the right choice from the start! Various models of pergolas are available on the market and it's easy to get lost among them. In this article, we take a look at the freestanding pergola and give you an update on the various models.
The characteristics of a freestanding pergola
A freestanding pergola is also called a 'self-supported' pergola. Supported by four posts, it is totally independent from the house. In contrast to lean-to pergolas, freestanding pergolas are not attached to the house, which will avoid damaging the exterior walls. They can therefore be installed wherever you please. As the posts are solidly anchored to the ground, the choice of the location must be carefully considered. Installed on your patio, a freestanding pergola can be used as a transitional room between your garden and indoors. A wide range of equipment and options can be added for it to become a living space. You will be able to use it in the mid-season when it is no longer very cold but not warm enough to fully enjoy being outside. A modern and well-equipped freestanding pergola can be used year-round. It becomes a contemporary patio. If you choose to install your freestanding pergola in your garden, you will create a haven of conviviality. You will compose an intimate atmosphere of relaxation and well-being in your corner of greenery. Most freestanding canopies are made of aluminium. It is a durable material that is easy to maintain. As for the roofs, they most often consist of double glazing, laminated glass, cellular polycarbonate or aluminium sandwich panels for optimum insulation. The louvres that make up the roof of freestanding bioclimatic pergolas are special and we will talk about them in the second part of this article. They can be equipped with sun blinds, motorised blinds, an opening top and LED lighting.
The different types of pergolas
Like their lean-to cousins, freestanding pergolas can be classic or bioclimatic. Let's first look at the difference between lean-to (wall-mounted) and freestanding pergolas. We will then analyse the particularities of a bioclimatic pergola.
Lean-to pergolas vs freestanding pergolas
Wall-mounted pergolas are, as their name says, attached to the wall of the house. Ideally installed above the patio, they naturally extend the indoor space towards the garden. They create a shaded area during sunny weather and protect the home a little more against the cold of winter thanks to its roof. In general, a lean-to pergola has two posts. As for recent structures, manufacturers most frequently use aluminium. As we have seen previously, freestanding pergolas are supported by four posts. They can therefore be installed almost anywhere on your property. The ground will have to be adapted to solidly anchor the structure. You can thus create an exterior space that is protected from the sun right in the middle of your garden.
An update on bioclimatic pergolas
Whether freestanding or lean-to, you can decide to install a classic or a bioclimatic pergola. In both cases, a latest-generation pergola will benefit from options that will enable you to fully enjoy your new space. Bioclimatic architecture is a concept that uses natural elements to our advantage. The roof louvres of bioclimatic pergolas are adjustable. By opening them to different degrees, you can control the wind and create welcome ventilation during intense heat. By adapting to the climate, you'll have no more worries about bad weather! By installing a freestanding bioclimatic pergola, you will continue to enjoy your garden lounge throughout the year! Want to know more about bioclimatic pergolas?