How to Enclose a Pergola

A pergola is a perfect way to add some dimension and character to your outdoor space. However, sometimes you may find that you want to enclose your pergola for added privacy, shelter from the elements, or simply for aesthetic purposes. This can seem like a daunting task, but with the right tools and steps, enclosing your pergola can be a simple process. In this blog post, we’ll dive into the different ways you can enclose your pergola and provide you with some tips to make your project a success.

Whether you’re looking for something permanent or temporary, we’ve got you covered. So let’s get started!

1. Introduction: Enclosing a Pergola

Now that you have your pergola built, it’s time to add an extra layer of protection from the elements. Enclosing a pergola can provide more privacy and make it a more comfortable space to enjoy. In this guide, we’ve covered various options to enclose your pergola, from curtains and fabric to add a roof or automated screens. Glass walls and removable screen panels are also great options. Plus, we’ve included ideas on how to add shade cloth or even vinyl siding. With these suggestions, you can create a cozy outdoor retreat that’s perfect for entertaining or enjoying a quiet night under the stars. Stay tuned for more ideas on how to enhance your pergola’s features.

2. Curtains and Fabric Options for Enclosing Pergolas

Now that you know about the different ways to enclose your pergola, let’s dive into the second option: curtains and fabric. This is a great option if you want to add a pop of color or create a cozy atmosphere in your outdoor space.

Curtains can be easily hung from the top beams of your pergola using curtain rods or hooks. You can choose from various types of fabrics such as canvas, cotton, or even outdoor-specific fabrics that are resistant to weather and fade-resistant.

If you want more versatility, retractable curtain tracks can be installed to allow you to easily open and close your curtains as needed. This is particularly useful if you want to let in more light during the day or if you prefer an open-concept feel.

Another option is to use shade cloth, which is a breathable fabric that blocks out the sun but still allows air to flow through. This is ideal for warm summer months or if you want to add a bit of shade to your outdoor space.

Enclosing your pergola with curtains and fabric is a versatile and budget-friendly option that allows you to easily add or remove elements depending on your mood or seasonal changes. With this option, you can create a beautiful and functional outdoor living space that you’ll love spending time in.

3. Adding a Roof to a Pergola

Now that you’ve explored some creative ways to enclose your pergola, let’s take a closer look at adding a roof to it. The SunTuf corrugated roofing panels are a great option because they can be attached to an existing structure. To get started, you’ll need to add purlins to your pergola. Once you’ve installed all of the horizontal closure strips, add the vertical closure strips.

To create natural shade, you can add a climbing vine or other plants to the top of your pergola. If you want a more permanent solution, consider adding a shade cloth to the top of your pergola. This will not only provide shade but will also help to protect your roof from the elements.

If you want a roof that can support year-round use, we recommend installing a waterproof pergola roof. This will allow you to enjoy your pergola even in inclement weather. Once your roof is installed, be sure to apply at least 3 coats of rainproof wood stain to protect it from the elements.

Designing your pergola roof with the potential for insulation is also a great idea, especially if you live in an area with harsh winters. This will help to keep your pergola warm and cozy during the colder months.

By adding a roof to your pergola, you can create a beautiful and functional outdoor space for your home. So get creative and have fun exploring all the different options available to you!

4. Automated Screens for Enclosing Pergolas

Now that we’ve covered some other options, let’s look at automated screens for enclosing your pergola. These screens are great for those who want a seamless experience with the push of a button. They can roll up into the pergola frame when not in use so they won’t detract from the aesthetic of your yard.

When you want to enclose your pergola, simply press the button and the screens will roll down to create a cozy enclosed space. These screens are also energy efficient, which means you won’t add too much to your energy bill. Plus, they can integrate with most home automation systems, allowing you to control them along with other aspects of your home with ease.

With motorized retractable screens, you can customize the size of the enclosure based on the opening(s) of your patio. This means you can truly create an outdoor space that feels like it’s indoors. Enjoy dining with a large group of friends, hosting a cocktail party, or simply relaxing with your family in the comfort of your enclosed pergola.

Automated screens are just one option for enclosing your pergola. There are a variety of materials and styles to choose from. Whether you prefer curtains, fabric options, glass walls, or multi-level decks, you’re sure to find something that fits your needs and budget. Keep reading to learn more about other ways to enclose your pergola.

5. Glass Walls for Enclosing Pergolas

Now that you’ve explored several options for enclosing your pergola, let’s take a closer look at glass walls. If you’re lucky enough to have a beautiful view to enjoy while relaxing under your pergola, glass walls are a great way to keep that view while also protecting from the elements. Plus, they add an elegant touch that will make your pergola feel like a true outdoor room.

To begin, it’s important to consider the type of glass you’ll use. Tempered glass is a popular option for outdoor use, as it’s strong and durable. It’s also more resistant to scratches and can withstand extreme temperatures. Laminated glass is another option, which is made up of two or more layers of tempered glass with a plastic interlayer. This type of glass is ideal for areas that experience strong winds, as it won’t shatter if it breaks.

Next, you’ll need to measure your pergola to ensure the glass walls will fit properly. Keep in mind that you’ll want to leave some space for framing and hardware. Once you have your measurements, you can order your glass panels from a local supplier.

When it comes to installation, it’s best to hire a professional to ensure your glass walls are installed safely and securely. They’ll be able to recommend the best type of framing and hardware to use for your specific pergola and location.

With glass walls installed, you’ll be able to enjoy your pergola year-round, no matter the weather. Whether you’re sipping on a cup of coffee on a crisp fall morning or watching a summer thunderstorm roll in, your enclosed pergola will provide the perfect outdoor spot to relax and take in the beauty around you.

6. Multi-Level Decks and Pergolas

If you’re planning to build a multi-level deck with a pergola, you’re in for a treat! Adding a pergola to your multi-level deck can create a focal point and define your outdoor space. Here are some things to keep in mind when building a multi-level deck with a pergola:

First, creating levels in your deck will help to separate different areas for different activities, like outdoor dining or lounging. When adding a pergola, you can choose whether to cover all levels or just one. Consider the height of the pergola when deciding on your levels, as it may affect how much sunlight reaches the lower levels of your deck.

If you choose to cover all levels with a pergola, make sure it’s big enough to offer protection from the sun and rain. You can also add curtains or automated screens to enclose the space and create a more intimate setting. Consider adding a roof to your pergola for further protection from the elements.

Additionally, adding shade cloth to your pergola is a great way to offer protection from the sun while still enjoying the outdoors. You can also add vinyl siding or removable screen panels for added privacy and protection.

A multi-level deck with a pergola can provide a beautiful outdoor space for entertaining and relaxation. With a little planning and creativity, you can create a space that suits your needs and style. Remember to consult with a professional if you’re unsure about any aspect of your build.

7. Adding Shade Cloth to Pergolas

Now that you have learned about enclosing your pergola with various options, let’s focus on adding shade cloth to it. This is an excellent option if you want to maintain an open feel while reducing the amount of sun exposure to your outdoor space. To start, measure your pergola to ensure you have enough shade cloth material to cover it. Our recommendation is to attach the shade cloth to one of the longest sides first, making sure to start at one end and pull with medium pressure. This will ensure that the fabric is properly secured and taut. One fantastic benefit of using shade cloth is that you can still enjoy some natural light while achieving high SPF protection and keeping the rain off pergola users. Plus, with our Pergola Depot freestanding pergola shade sail, you can ensure that your shade sail is perfectly sized for your pergola. Fixed fabric, retractable canopies, and curtains are other stylish and functional options to consider. Just remember to select a fabric that is durable and withstands the elements. With shade cloth or other fabric options, you can transform your pergola into a cozy and comfortable outdoor haven.

8. Installing Vinyl Siding for Enclosing Pergolas

If you want to completely enclose your pergola, vinyl siding is a great option. It is durable, low-maintenance, and can provide excellent insulation against the elements. Here’s how you can install vinyl siding on your pergola:

First, you’ll need to measure the length and height of each pergola post. You’ll also need to measure the length of the pergola beams and crossbeams. This will give you the amount of vinyl siding you’ll need to purchase.

Next, cut the vinyl panels to the appropriate size using a circular saw or a jigsaw. Be sure to wear gloves and safety glasses when cutting the vinyl.

Once the panels are cut, start installing them at the bottom of each post. Use a level to make sure each panel is straight, and nail it in place using roofing nails.

Continue installing panels up each post until you reach the top. Then, install panels on each beam and crossbeam in the same manner.

When you get to the corners, trim the vinyl panels so they fit snugly against each other. You can use a vinyl corner trim to cover any gaps between panels.

Finally, add a vinyl cap to the top of each post to give it a finished look.

With vinyl siding, you can completely enclose your pergola and create a beautiful outdoor room that is protected from the elements. Plus, the low-maintenance and energy-efficient properties of vinyl will ensure that your enclosed pergola will last for years to come.

9. Removable Screen Panels for Enclosing Pergolas

Now that you’ve explored different options for enclosing your pergola, it’s time to consider removable screen panels. These are a great choice if you want the option to open up your pergola fully or enclose it during certain times of the day. Removable screens can be made out of a variety of materials, like mesh or vinyl, and can easily be attached or removed from the pergola frame. This makes it a cost-effective and customizable option for your outdoor space. Plus, with the bonus of being removable, you can switch up the look and feel of your pergola as often as you’d like. Overall, if flexibility is key for you, then removable screen panels may be the best option for enclosing your pergola.

10. Screening Material for Gazebo Frames

Now that you’ve learned about different ways to enclose your pergola, let’s explore some screening material options for your gazebo frame. Screen panels for gazebos usually consist of an aluminum frame with fine-mesh screening. One option is to attach the screen to a wooden frame, which makes it easy to mount the screen and provides a sturdy base for wind resistance. If you’re looking for a more decorative touch, consider a patio gazebo with beautiful polyester curtains, a 2-tier roof, and a mesh screen.

You can also opt for a semi-screened gazebo like the 10-ft x 12-ft brown fabric octagon-screened semi-gazebo. Another alternative is the Dunster House pergola arch trellis lattice wooden garden plant frame that allows you to customize your enclosure with climbing plants or vines. If you’re worried about pesky insects while enjoying your backyard, a SOJAG-screened gazebo like the Monteserra Gazebo 10×12 may be a more practical choice.

Remember, screening your gazebo is an excellent way to get the most out of your backyard, whether you’re looking for added privacy or protection from the elements. By installing SNAPP® Screen, anyone with basic skills can add a screen to their gazebo without too much fuss. Similarly, you can also add a shade screen to existing patio or pergola structures to boost comfort levels outside. Whatever your choice, with a little bit of creativity, you can transform your outdoor space into an oasis.