Aluminium Pergolas Buyers Guide

aluminium pergolas ultimate buyers guide

Bespoke Aluminium Pergolas

A bespoke Pergola can create a more comfortable outdoor living space, increasing property value, and adding aesthetic appeal to the landscape. It is not surprising that understanding the benefits of having a bespoke pergola has become an ever-increasing popular research topic. Therefore, we asked our customers what they look for when deciding to buy made-to-measure pergola. We have collated their responses and put together this helpful guide.

Typically, when researching made to measure pergolas customers want to know more about several key aspects:

Design and Customisation: Many individuals want to understand the various design options available for pergolas. They often research different styles, materials, colours, and finishes to ensure that the pergola will complement their outdoor space and match their aesthetic preferences. Further considerations are made for options such as sliding glass doors, external vertical blinds, LED lights and even infrared heaters.

Materials and Durability: People are interested in learning about the different materials used in constructing pergolas, such as wood, metal, vinyl, or composite materials. They want to know which materials are most durable and low maintenance, especially in varying weather conditions like we have in the UK. At Azure Outdoor Living, we are experts in Aluminium systems, which are exceptionally durable and resistant to corrosion. Unlike wood, it will not rot, warp, or deteriorate when exposed to moisture, insects, or extreme weather conditions. This durability ensures your pergola will last for many years with minimal maintenance.

Cost and Budgeting: When researching the cost of a made-to-measure pergola, many people enquire about the price range for materials, labour, and additional features that they can add. When planning the budget for the pergola, it is important to consider what you want to achieve with it. There are some cheap and low-quality options available that can be adequate for a short amount of time but cannot guarantee the quality and longevity it needs to effectively withstand the harsh effects of the seasons. Therefore, it is important to recognise when the quality of the services used and materials may blend the initial cost but will reflect a longer functioning pergola in the future.

Local Building Regulations and permissions: Before purchasing a bioclimatic pergola, it’s important to be aware of any planning permissions or building regulations that may be applicable. If certain criteria are met, it may fall under your permitted development rights and not require a formal application.

For instance:

– The property is not within a conservation area, an area of natural beauty, or designated as of scientific interest.

– The total area of the structure, including any existing extensions or outbuildings, should not cover more than half of the land surrounding the original property.

– It should not be positioned forward of the front or principal elevation of the property, or to the side if the side elevation borders a public highway.

– For detached dwellings, it should not extend beyond 4 meters, or 3 meters for others. (Sizes can be doubled through the neighbour consultation scheme)

– The maximum height of the eaves should not exceed 2.5m.

– If the ground/floor level will be raised more than 300mm, planning permission may be required, and you may need to submit an application to building control.

These are just some of the requirements for permitted development. For more detailed information, you can visit https://www.planningportal.co.uk/permission/interactive-guidance.

Installation and DIY vs. Professional Installation: Some individuals want to know if they can install the pergola themselves, while others prefer hiring professionals. Research on installation processes, tools required, and the level of expertise needed is common.

Why choose Azure Outdoor Living for your pergola installation? With a heritage rooted in high-end aluminium glazing and property construction for the past 20 years, we have built a strong foundation. Our experience has allowed us to work on groundbreaking commercial, retail, and residential projects. Azure Outdoor Living serves as a bridge between the two distinct areas of our industry: thermal and non-thermal structures. Our vast product range, design skills, technical expertise, and creative imagination enable us to merge and modify different products to overcome challenges that would otherwise be impossible. This has established us as the go-to company for challenging projects.

Even if your project is simpler in comparison, we can still offer you a professional and cost-effective solution.

Maintenance and Care: Consider how much maintenance will be required on your pergola. Azure Outdoor Living’s pergolas require minimal maintenance, thanks to our meticulous product selection and attention to detail. Our pergola roofs feature cutting-edge centre-pivot double-walled louvres, providing perfect balance and compact motor control. This design ensures the motor is hidden away inside the structure, along with all the wiring, safeguarding against weather and UV damage. In contrast, bottom pivot louvres necessitate external mounting of larger motors, exposing wiring connections to the elements.

To guarantee long-term satisfaction, we utilise industry-leading brands like Somfy or Teleco for all our controls and motors. Even after warranties expire, replacement parts remain readily available.

We take pride in our structures’ powder coating, using top-tier brands such as “Tiger” for exceptional colour matching and durability. However, it isn’t just the paint choice that matters – the application process is equally crucial. That’s why we adhere to the rigorous standards of “Qualicoat” or “Qualicoat Seaside” when coating our structures.

Shade and Weather Protection: Many people are interested in how effective their pergola will be at providing shade and protection from the elements. Research may involve finding the right type of roofing or shade coverings.

One notable advantage of installing an aluminium pergola is its ability to provide shelter from both sun and rain as needed. By incorporating side panels and a rotating roofing system, you can create a covered area that can be utilised throughout the year, unaffected by unfavourable weather conditions. Furthermore, our structures are exceptionally durable, allowing them to withstand strong winds effortlessly.

Accessories and Features: Many individuals conduct research on supplementary functionalities and accessories such as lighting heaters, vertical shading screens, and glass walls to enhance the functionality and comfort of their pergola. Another notable advantage of our bespoke aluminium louvered roofs, is the integration of lighting and infrared heating into the structure, enabling the creation of a tailor-made outdoor living space that perfectly suits all your requirements. Additionally, the option to incorporate shade screens provides increased privacy and shade during the summer months.

Pergola Benefits: Understanding the benefits of having a pergola is a common research topic. This includes:

Maintenance Contracts and Warranties: If the pergola is being installed professionally, individuals might want to research maintenance contracts and warranties to ensure their investment is protected.

A warranty provides customers with the assurance of trouble-free operation, covering occasional installation or manufacturing issues. It should have a reasonable duration. However, it is crucial to consider product aftercare and support, ensuring the availability of spare parts throughout the structure’s lifespan.

At Azure Outdoor Living, we view each customer transaction as the beginning of a long-term partnership. Our primary responsibility is to thoroughly research our products and ensure that we supply only the highest quality, fit-for-purpose products, backed up by our diligent support networks

Customer Reviews and Recommendations: Reading customer reviews and seeking recommendations from friends, family, or online communities can be a valuable part of the research process to understand the experiences of others with similar projects.

it is well worth considering the competency and credibility of the company you decide to go with:

Ensure the supplier you choose has a showroom where they can competently talk about the products 

    Environmental Impact: Certain individuals may have concerns regarding the environmental influence of their preference in pergolas and may conduct research on eco-friendly materials and construction techniques. This is precisely why our custom-made aluminium products are a perfect choice, as aluminium is sustainable and fully recyclable.

    Long-Term Durability: Queries regarding the longevity and durability of a pergola, especially in varying climates, are quite common. When purchasing a bioclimatic pergola, it is crucial to ensure that rigorous testing has been conducted to assess its structural integrity, overall durability, and resistance to extreme weather conditions. However, this can be perplexing as numerous low-budget pergolas claim the same wind and snow loading figures as their premium counterparts. The discrepancy lies in the fact that premium brands are extensively tested to withstand these loadings day after day, year after year, without any noticeable decline in performance. This ensures that your investment will consistently deliver the same level of performance as it did on the day of installation. If you have any doubts, do not hesitate to request structural loading tests and calculations from your supplier. These should be readily available if they have been conducted.

    In summary, people researching made-to-measure pergolas are typically interested in a wide range of topics, from design and materials to installation, maintenance, cost, and regulations. Their specific interests may vary depending on their unique needs and preferences for their outdoor space.

    Benefits vs Challenges of Custom Made Pergolas

    Custom-made aluminium pergolas offer a range of benefits, but they also come with their own set of challenges and potential pitfalls. Here’s a breakdown of the advantages and disadvantages:

    Benefits of Custom-Made aluminium Pergolas:

    Customisation: One of the primary advantages of custom-made aluminium pergolas is the ability to design them to your exact specifications. You can choose the size, shape, colour, and style that best fits your outdoor space and personal preferences.

    Durability: aluminium is known for its durability and resistance to corrosion, making it a long-lasting choice for pergolas. It can withstand various weather conditions, including rain, snow, and intense sunlight, without deteriorating.

    Low Maintenance: aluminium pergolas require minimal maintenance. Unlike wood, they do not need staining, sealing, or repainting. Occasional cleaning with soap and water is usually sufficient to keep them looking good.

    Lightweight: aluminium is a lightweight material, which makes it easier to transport and install. It also puts less stress on the supporting structure and foundation.

    Modern Aesthetic: Aluminium pergolas often have a sleek and modern appearance, which can enhance the overall look of your outdoor space. They can be designed to complement contemporary or minimalist design styles.

    Cost-Effective: While custom-made aluminium pergolas may have a higher upfront cost compared to some other materials, their durability and low maintenance can make them cost-effective in the long run.

    Challenges and Potential Pitfalls:

    Initial Cost: Custom aluminium pergolas can be more expensive upfront compared to some other materials like wood or vinyl. However, their long-term benefits may offset this cost.

    Limited Aesthetic Options: aluminium may not provide the same natural and rustic look as wood. However, if you’re looking for a more traditional or classic appearance, we can actually off a special wood effect paint finish!

    Heat Retention: aluminium can absorb and retain heat, making the area under the pergola quite hot in direct sunlight. To mitigate this, you could consider choosing lighter colour louvres to reflect and not absorb as much heat. Another advantage of a bioclimatic pergola is if it becomes too hot underneath, you can simply rotate the louvres.

    Professional Installation: aluminium pergolas often require professional installation, which can add to the overall cost. Proper installation is essential to ensure the structure’s stability and longevity.

    Limited Insulation: aluminium pergolas provide limited insulation against extreme cold or heat. If you plan to use the pergola in all seasons, you may need to invest in additional heating or cooling solutions.

    Environmental Considerations: Some individuals may have concerns about the environmental impact of aluminium production. However, many aluminium products are recyclable, which can mitigate this concern.

    In conclusion, custom-made aluminium pergolas offer durability, low maintenance, and modern aesthetics, but they may come with higher initial costs and limitations in terms of aesthetics and insulation. To make an informed decision, consider your specific needs, budget, and design preferences when choosing the material for your pergola.

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