Are you looking to enhance your outdoor living space with a stylish and functional addition? Two popular options to consider are a glass veranda and a bioclimatic pergola. Both offer unique features and advantages, but choosing the right one for your needs requires careful consideration of various factors. In this blog, we will explore the key factors to consider when choosing between a glass veranda or a bioclimatic pergola.
Purpose and Functionality
The first factor to consider is the purpose and functionality of the structure. If permanent protection from the elements (rain and UV) is your no. 1 priority then a glass veranda with open sides will perform this requirement without reducing the amount of daylight entering your home. It can be used year-round regardless of the weather conditions. It offers maximum protection from the rain and snow, and it cuts out 99% of UV rays thanks to the PVB interlayer in the laminated glass roof sheets.
On the other hand, if you want the option of being able to ‘open’ the roof and let the sunshine then a bioclimatic pergola is a versatile structure with an adjustable louvered roof that can be opened and closed to regulate sunlight, shade, and ventilation. It allows you to enjoy the outdoor environment while still providing some protection from the sun and rain. A bioclimatic pergola is perfect for those who want a flexible outdoor space that can be customized to suit their preferences and the weather conditions.
Design and Aesthetics
The design and aesthetics of the structure are important considerations, as they can significantly impact the overall appearance and style of your outdoor space. A glass veranda typically has an angled roof and there is an option of a modern design with sleek, clean lines or a traditional type with round posts, ornate post collars and gallows brackets for a charming ‘Victorian’ look. Verandas tend to blend in more with the house.
A bioclimatic pergola has a flat roof and has a very minimalistic square ‘box’ look. It will create a bold statement in any garden. Because of its clean lines and very simple design it actually looks equally at home in a modern garden with lots of hard landscaping (fences, walls, steps etc) as it it does in a more traditional garden surrounded by soft landscaping (shrubs, trees, flower borders etc).
There’s some great examples of different designs ideas on our Gallery page.
Location within the Property
If the structure is going to installed adjacent to your house, bear in mind that a bioclimatic pergola has a solid roof which allows no light through when the louvres are closed which will impact that amount of light entering your home.
If you plan to install a pergola under trees, bear in mind that autumn leaves will need clearing from the louvres regularly. This is easily done by rotating the louvres, but be prepared for the leaves to drop onto the floor inside the structure! For some pergola inspiration check this out from Architectural Digest.
Maintenance and Durability
Maintenance and durability are crucial factors to consider when investing in an outdoor structure. The roof panels of a glass veranda will require regular cleaning and the gutter will need clearing of leaves etc once or twice a year, but as there are no moving parts, a veranda is otherwise maintenance free. Both aluminium and glass are durable materials that can withstand various weather conditions and provide long-term durability with proper care.
A bioclimatic pergola has a motor and moving parts, so will require maintenance. The louvres and gutters must be kept clear of debris at all times to ensure the louvres are not obstructed when rotated which could cause damage to the motor. It is a good idea to have your bioclimatic checked and serviced by a specialist at least once a year. They will check the motor and lubricate any moving parts.