Outdoor living room

Rest, celebrate, dine. On a nice day, there’s nothing better than spending time outside. For sun shading or just a stylish extra: pergolas and terrace roofs offer many obvious advantages. Both of them allow you to be outside in nature at any time of year, without having to deny yourself the comforts of home. But what are the actual differences between a terrace roof and pergola?


A pergola is usually a free-standing canopy for terraces with a retractable fabric or aluminium roof. A slatted roof, for example, provides shade and pleasant, natural ventilation thanks to its movable, freely adjustable slats. A pergola is best suited for protection against the sun and rain, because the slats should be left open when it snows, making its use rather futile. This airy option for terraces and gardens is often enclosed with glazing on the sides, and used in conjunction with sun blinds and other options.

+ Natural shade

- Limited use in winter

The terrace roof

Traditionally the terrace roof is held up by supports and attached to a building. If made from glass, it lets light through without darkening the inside. A canopy awning also ensures sun shading. Like the pergola, a covered terrace is not usually completely enclosed around the sides, but partially or fully open. When required, the side panels or glazing protect from the effects of the wind or prying eyes.

+ Complete protection from the rain and snow

- No air circulation

Whether you choose a pergola or terrace roof, covered outdoor seating areas do not just offer you more living space, but freedom from the constraints of unpredictable weather.