Traditional pergolas tend to be timber structures with a latticed flat roof design, however more and more people are straying away from this classic design and looking at what else is out there. There is no limit to the creativity and imagination of a good Adelaide pergolas team.
Gabled roofs are considered by some people to look more attractive than the simple flat roof design. Pergolas with a flat roof are iconic of Mediterranean properties, and in many cases the flat roof was designed to mimic the similar shape of the home. Here in Australia, the standard shape of houses is not with a flat roof but different pitches. Also in terms of aesthetics, gabled roofs make the pergola area look far bigger. Flat roofed pergolas can have the tendency to close in the space, and make it claustrophobic rather than breezy. Especially if you intend to cover your pergola in a vine, you will want to make sure that the space itself is not cramped.
Depending on the thickness of your plant coverage, it can also create an unpleasant environment where you should be enjoying the nice weather. You might find that a square pergola with dense foliage makes for a very humid climate beneath. In summer, this can be thoroughly unenjoyable. By contrast, a gabled roof allows for the natural breeze to flow through the structure. There is natural ventilation so that you will not have to install anything like a fan. Gabled roofs are higher than flat ones, and this is certainly preferably if you want to install features such as lighting under the area.
Furthermore, it is a fact of life that if you are growing plants in the garden, then they are likely to become home to some little critters. A higher roof can keep all of these little creatures conveniently out of your way, whereas you might not know what would drop on you if you brushed up against a vine. Similarly to the ventilation advantage, pitched roof pergolas also tend to keep a little cooler in summer, as the hot air that is trapped rises to the roof. Always ensure that your climbing vines are not so dense that they completely trap the heat and moisture.
A pitched roof may be considered more structurally secure compared to a flat roof. As we know, a triangle is the strongest shape, and this peak at the top works on the same principle. If anything should compromise the pergola, such as a falling branch for example, then a pitched roof is more likely to withstand more impact than a flat roof, which is likely to cave in.
Some people prefer not to have timber lattice frames but instead a steel roof which is more resilient to the elements. If this is the case, and you are choosing a pitched roof, then you may like to consider installing solar panels if one of the faces of the roof points north. This tilted angle should allow you to get a fair amount of sunlight year round.
Gable roof pergolas are only inappropriate in cyclone prone areas, such as the far north of Australia, as they do have the potentially to trap uplifting winds. When building pitched roof pergolas throughout Australia, ensure that their joints are supported, and opt for slightly stronger materials where possible. Leaving some gaps in the foliage will also help in dispersing winds evenly and keeping your pergola in the best possible state.
For further discussion about the merits of Gabled Adelaide Pergolas, chat to the friendly and experienced team at Pergolarific.