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Hard covers

Monday 2 January 2012,
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When we want to be sheltered from rain permanently and effectively, it is possible to cover the pergola with watertight elements. Here agrees, it is more in the area of the pergola, but instead a hybrid between the pergola and the veranda.
What are the usable materials?

The material in the pergolas Kit is often what makes the difference in price:

  • Polycarbonate, it’s a top-of-range pergola which cover will last long,
  • PVC, it is the bottom-of-range. The "anti-UV Treaty" are the powder in the eyes. Need to replace the cover approximately every 5 years.

Below, I give you the list of roofing materials, starting with synthetic materials, alone can provide a degree of transparency.

The plaque polycarbonate

Honeycomb structure
Pergola with polycarbonate plates
Profile of junction


    • Description: very resistant and insulating alveolate Structure. Has a face with UV protection.
    • Benefits:
    • Hyper-resistant and durable, resists hail, supports the weight of a man (beware, it is not for this).
    • allows light to pass through
    • insulation (limited to a pergola open by definition)
    • No yellows
    • Can be bending
    • Disadvantages:
    • Greenhouse effect
    • the more expensive roofing material
    • Problematic recycling
    • Standard dimensions:
    • Thickness: 16 or 32 mm
    • Widths: 105 or 125 cm
    • Length: 300 cm, 400 cm
    • Instructions: with (very expensive) alu profiles
    • Installation Manual: Click here
    • Colours: transparent, Opal, various colours.
    • Options: is available in flat or wavy plates
    • Guaranteed: the only material to offer decade guarantee
    • Price: 19 to €35 / m²


Plate polyester

Polyester small-wave plate
Special plate fixation
fixation plate
fixation plate


    • Description:
    • Benefits:
    • Economic
    • Allows light to pass through
    • Recyclable
    • Disadvantages:
    • Resistance and average durability
    • Yellows over time
    • Standard dimensions:
    • Width: 90 cm
    • Length: 200 cm, 300 cm
    • Instructions: by screwing of platelets marrying the profile at the top of the wave.
    • Installation Manual: Click here
    • Colours: appearance slightly translucent fiber
    • Options: profiles in small or large waves, or type tray steel
    • Guaranteed: 5 years
    • Price: 7 to €11 / m²


Plate PVC

Pergola with PVC plates
Profile wave
Profile GRECA


    • Description: plate corrugated PVC, profiles in small or large waves or GRECA
    • Benefits:
    • Economic
    • Good resistance to fire (to a certain limit)
    • Recyclable
    • Good transparency
    • Disadvantages:
    • Yellows over time
    • becomes brittle, explicitly recommended in the hot region.
    • Standard dimensions:
    • Width: 66 cm, 90 cm
    • Length: 150 cm, 200 cm, 250 cm
    • Instructions: by screwing of platelets marrying the profile at the top of the wave.
    • Colours: translucent, translucent bluish.
    • Options: anti-UV treatment
    • Guaranteed: 1 year
    • Price: 6 to €14 / m²


Glass laminated

Broken laminated glass generates no sharp debris
Broken laminated glass generates no sharp debris
Glass and aluminum Pergola
Glass and aluminum Pergola
Pergola glass and wood
Pergola glass and wood


    • Description: this is the traditional material for the top-of-range pergolas. Attention, the security to be laminated glass.
    • Benefits:
    • Perfect transparency
    • Complies with the style of the pergola
    • easy washing
    • Do not ages
    • Fully recyclable
    • Ecological material
    • Resistant (to a certain limit)
    • Disadvantages:
    • Heavy, the structure must be provided accordingly.
    • Dear, dear
    • greenhouse effect, see Magnifier
    • Standard dimensions:
    • Thickness: 4 to 9 mm
    • Width: up to 266 cm in theory, in practice take into account the eligible litters.
    • Lengths: up to 460 cm in theory, in practice take into account the eligible litters.
    • Instructions: with alu profiles or metal
    • Colours: many colours
    • Options: double-glass for insulation, glass frosted, textured, etc.
    • Guaranteed: to life
    • Price: > €100 / m²


Sheet corrugated or ribbed

Corrugated galvanized steel
Tray steel mounting
    • Description: opaque sheet with profiles small waves, wave, or products.
    • Benefits:
    • Rugged
    • Sustainable (> 10 years)
    • Recyclable
    • Disadvantages:
    • Amplifies sounds (rain and hail)
    • not very aesthetic, except in tropical climates where it is a reference
    • Standard dimensions:
    • Width: 90 cm, 105 cm
    • Lengths: 100 cm, 200 cm, 300 cm
    • Instructions: by screwing of platelets marrying the profile at the top of the wave.
    • Installation Manual: Click here
    • Colours: various colours. Dark shades to clarify in a few years.
    • Options:
    • Guaranteed: 10 years
    • Price: 8 to €16 / m²


Plate cement

Fibre cement sheet
    • Description: corrugated plate consisting of a mixture of fiber and cement. The original cement plate was asbestos fiber, highly carcinogenic. Since the 1990s, asbestos was replaced by neutral mineral fibres.
    • Benefits:
    • Economic
    • Resistant
    • Sustainable
    • Dampens the impact of rain noise
    • Disadvantages:
    • very ugly on a pergola
    • Standard dimensions:
    • Width: 92 cm
    • Length: 152 cm, 200 cm, 250 cm, 305 cm
    • Instructions: by screwing of platelets marrying the profile at the top of the wave.
    • Colours: grey, red, slub ochre
    • Guaranteed: 10 years
    • Price: 7 to €14 / m²


Tile

Pergola in tiles
Pergola with roof slate
An extension of the roof of the dwelling


    • Description: this is the traditional material par excellence. But a pergola roofed in tile, this is really a pergola.
    • Benefits:
    • Economic
    • Ecological
    • Resistant
    • Sustainable
    • Available
    • Dampens impact noise
    • Style corresponding to the region
    • Disadvantages:
    • not really suitable for a pergola
    • Standard dimensions: all sizes style
    • Instructions: overlay
    • Colours: all colours
    • Guaranteed: 10 years
    • Price: 10 to €25 / m²

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