A Roof for All Seasons

VERGOLA OPENING ROOFS ARE DESIGNED NOT JUST FOR CALM SUMMER DAYS, BUT ALSO TO WITHSTAND THE STORMS THAT SOMETIMES BATTER THE MEDITERRANEAN DURING THE WINTER MONTHS.

The long summer days and balmy evenings of summer make outdoor living a pleasure; yet with winter most of us ‘batten down the hatches’ in preparation for unpredictable or severe weather that can destroy fragile awnings and terrace roofs. Yet this means that often we don’t enjoy our roof terraces, balconies and outdoor spaces as much as we could at this time of year.

Yet, with Vergola, originally designed in Australia for its harsh weather conditions, outdoor terraces here can be usable all year round.

Unlike awnings or retractable vinyl roofs, a Vergola is made from robust, interlocking fully adjustable louvres. Each louvre is made of BHP Colorbond steel, coated with an aluminium/zinc alloy, and then stylishly finished with an oven treated weather-resistant paint. This makes the Vergola opening roof maintenance free and exceptionally strong and that’s why it comes with a ten year guarantee.

Over the past 25 years, Vergola has developed in-depth expertise in creating automatic opening roof systems that can withstand coastal weather. For example a Vergola system has been installed with great success on the waterfront at Darwin in the tropical far north of Australia, often the location of severe cyclonic storms.

So here in the Mediterranean, the sturdy construction of a Vergola means that it can easily resist winds year after year without ripping, tearing or flapping, unlike a canvas, fabric or vinyl cover.

Many people also ask how Vergolas, being made principally out of metal and with electrical components, cope with being near the sea.

Here again, Vergola has lots of experience gained over a generation with coastal installations; making these automatic roofs ideal for Mediterranean coastal areas where salt-water spray is present from time to time. To maintain a Vergola, it is simply recommended to regularly wash down the roof with a fresh water hose, at least once every month.

As an interesting illustration of just how reliable Vergola is by the sea, The Royal Davui Resort on one of the smaller Fijian islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean installed Vergolas to create an indoor-outdoor bathroom experience for its discerning guests; and after more than 7 years of use, Vergola has not experienced any problems due to the marine environment.

INFORMATION & FAQS

For more information, consult the Vergola website at www.vergola.es 

There is a wealth of information for homeowners, business owners as well as architects and designers. In addition to videos and an image library, there is a useful FAQ section too. If you would like a free onsite consultation, or simply have a question, Vivia Bremer-Goldie is available in Gibraltar and the Costa del Sol on lifestyle@vergola.es or on (+34) 952 926 578.

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