The design of a roof on a timber frame pergola can really change the look and feel of the architecture which is really exciting. In many ways, it almost seems like the sky – not the roof- is the limit. Luckily, at Western Timber Frame™ you don’t have to just dream it in your mind as a Design Manager can give you a rendering of how that particular material or idea would look like.
A roof is the uppermost part of a building that provides shelter and protection from the heat, rain, wind, a variety of weather conditions.
The characteristics implemented in a roof depends upon the intended use of the architectural structure. For instance, a pergola or verandah is designed to admit only partial sunlight. A conservatory – on the other hand – has a solid glass or light emitting cover for a roof that protects plants from the cold but lets in sunlight.
The 3D ShadeScape® model – pictured here – is a pavilion style shelter, The homeowners wanted it to feature a pergola style roof providing dapple lighting for their outdoor living space but with the look of a pavilion.
Modern technology gives us roofs that can open up at the push of a button and close again. Below is a sample of louvered roof designs.
There is a seemingly endless array of roof designs options for creating beautiful architectural shade creations. In a shade structure, the overall architectural design and the roof style is usually what determines whether a shade structure is called a gazebo, pergola or pavilion. Typically a gazebo has a conical eight-sided shaped roof.
Pergolas have a semi-open roof to allow for sunlight and shade together, the best of both worlds.
Pavilions feature a completely enclosed roof and as will all ShadeScape® shelters they can be attached or free-standing structures. Additionally, timber frame arbor, gazebo, pavilion, and gazebo kits sometimes will extend the roof extending out further on one side several sides for an extension of shade coverage.
24 Roof Ideas for Arbor, Gazebos,
Pavilions, Pergolas, and More
Pavilions, Pergolas, and More
The four main elements that form a roof design is the type of material, design of construction and its strength and durability. Throughout the history of man, the covering for housing and shelters have been constructed from a variety of different materials such as: seagrass, banana leaves, bark, sod, straw, wheaten straw or rice reed, stone, slate, laminated glass, concrete, aluminum, copper, animal hides, wood or solar shingles, ceramic tiles, and even snow.
The roof’s construction is determined much by its underneath support, space it bridges and weather, whether a roof is pitched or not. Most modern solid roof’s in the United States are sloped or pitched to allow for runoff but as seen above there are numerous options in roof design for an outdoor shade shelter.
Western Timber Frame™ shade structures are visibly massive heavy timber of impressive engineering masterpieces rich in architectural heritage, perfected in modern technology, creating monumental heirlooms for generations to enjoy.
Top view of a Western Timber Frame™ backyard living layout and design with solid wood timber frame pergola kits.