Pergola roof ideas from luxury retractable roofs to simple DIY covers

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From luxury to DIY we've got pergola and gazebo roof ideas for all (Image credit: Suns LIfestyle)

Pergola roof ideas may offer more choice than you first imagine. Although traditional metal and timber pergolas are usually designed with an open roof or minimal framework, you may be searching for something that offers a little more protection.

If your garden design is contemporary in style, you could find yourself drawn towards a modern aluminium structure with a louvered or retractable roof. Or perhaps you're happy with your current framework and simply want a DIY solution you can use during the summer. 

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Andrew White

Andrew is an outdoor expert at Harbour Lifestyle, with six years of industry knowledge specialising in luxury outdoor furniture and garden design.

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Reilly Gray

Reilly Gray is co-founder of British, independent, family-run outdoor living specialists, Suns Lifestyle. Specialists in high-quality, luxury outdoor structures and furniture, all of which have been designed for a true life outdoors, all-year-round.

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Sam Jenkinson

Sam Jenkinson has been at Tiger for over four years and has built up a vast knowledge and experience in all areas of the product. He is a keen gardener and self-proclaimed 'shed head'.

Sarah Harley
Assistant Editor

Sarah is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Assistant Editor and joined the team in 2024. An established homes and interiors writer, Sarah has renovated and extended a number of properties, including a listing building and renovation project that featured on Grand Designs. Although she said she would never buy a listed property again, she has recently purchased a Grade II listed apartment. As it had already been professionally renovated, she has instead set her sights on tackling some changes to improve the building’s energy efficiency, as well as adding some personal touches to the interior.