How Long Do Louvered Pergolas Last?

A louvered pergola is a great way to transform your backyard or patio into an outdoor oasis. From dining al fresco to entertaining by the fire, there’s no limit to how you can enjoy your outdoor space with the addition of a louvered pergola.

Louvered pergolas differ from traditional pergolas because the “roof” contains louvers, or slats, that can be opened to let in sunlight or closed for a shady retreat and protection from the rain. Choosing the right louvered pergola can be a challenge. It’s a big investment, and you want your investment to last for years to come. So how do you know which one will last longest?

Shopping for a strong and durable louvered pergola comes down to choosing the right material, ensuring it’s been tested to withstand extreme weather, and making sure water won’t just sit on top of the louvers when they’re closed.


Rust and Corrosion-Resistant Material

An important first step in making sure your louvered pergola lasts is choosing a material that won’t rust or corrode with weather. This can be difficult, as many materials out there do wear down over time.

If you like the style of a metal pergola and are looking for one that won’t show wear and tear, galvanized steel is the best choice. GalvanizedSteel is naturally rust and corrosion-resistant, ensuring rain and snow won’t damage your pergola and shorten its life.

You can go one step further and essentially eliminate maintenance by seeking out a steel louvered pergola that is powder-coated. Powder-coated steel is virtually maintenance-free, so you’ll rarely if ever need to wash or repaint it.


Protection Against High Winds

Having a pergola that protects against moisture is great, but high winds can still present problems during storms and other severe weather events.

Fortunately, the same galvanized steel material that resists moisture is also your best option for durability against wind. The frame construction of a steel louvered pergola is heavy-duty and up to 200 times stronger than materials such as aluminum or vinyl.

With properly anchored galvanized steel, extreme winds won’t damage your pergola.


Advanced Drainage

One of the best features of a louvered pergola, when compared to a traditional pergola, is the ability to close the louvers to provide shade and protection from weather. That’s great, but because the louvers create a flat surface when closed, won’t water just sit on top?

If your pergola has an integrated drainage system, sitting water won’t be a problem. When fully closed, a built-in drainage system efficiently directs water from the roof to the ground, often concealing downspouts in the posts. Some louvered pergolas also have gutter guards to prevent debris from entering this system.

Not all louvered pergolas have this feature, so make sure you find one that does.


Get A Louvered Pergola From Backyard Discovery For Long-Lasting Outdoor Living

Finding a louvered pergola that has all of the above elements may seem like a challenge, but you don’t want to miss out on the essential features that lead to a long-lasting pergola.

Backyard Discovery’s new Sarasota Louvered Pergola collection might be exactly what you’re looking for. With adaptable, easy-to-adjust louvers and a black modern style, this pergola has everything you need to transform your outdoor space.

And yes, it lasts. Its powder-coated galvanized steel frame is rust and corrosion-resistant, and it’s virtually maintenance-free! The heavy-duty frame is PRO-TECT™ Tested & Proven to withstand up to 100 mph winds, ensuring peace of mind against the fiercest weather events, and it has an integrated drainage system with gutter guards. All of this is backed by an industry-leading 5 Year Limited Warranty.

If you’re ready to make outdoor living the new standard at your house for years to come, get a louvered pergola from Backyard Discovery today!


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