The perfect solution for more permanent outdoor spaces with proper protection from the unpredictable British climate.

Take a look at our vast range of Retractable Pergola Systems, offering the ability to cover large areas of patio or terrace areas, but with the advantage of being able to retract the fabric roof in finer weather for sunlight and more air flow.

The Pergola we offer are designed to deal with the very diverse UK weather and the various options either guide the rainwater off the front or sides or into concealed rainwater guttering channels built into the framework of the structures.

The complete flexibility a Retractable Pergola Systems provides can truly be recognised when you specify a system with all the open sides also fitted with products to control the wind and rain ingress as and when required.

Our systems are not meant just for use in a single season, but most of the year round, in most weathers.


Standard systems

Made to measure, aluminium, wall mounted, electric retractable pergola systems, offering the best rain protection, whilst also having far higher wind resistance ratings over any standard knuckle arm awning. Fabric is deployed from a fully enclosed cassette and is under high tension to provide the very best taught fabric canopy. Some systems use a zipped channel either side for 4 sided tension on the canopy. Most of these systems will extend up to 6000mm in projection whilst able to cover any width by joining together.

– Higher wind resistance than knuckle arm awnings

– Able to deal with heavier rainfall at lower angles of pitch for the canopy

– Larger projections (up to 6m)

– Retain natural light levels with most fabric colours for better atmosphere underneath

– Made to measure with multiple colour choices for framework and canopy cover

– Commercial grade build as standard – used extensively for commercial applications

All our retractable pergola systems are electric operated as standard and therefore very simple to operate at any time, adjusting during the day and night. Remote control handset operation and smartphone controlled apps provide the simplest of operation for anyone to use.

The systems are designed to fit directly to a wall as standard, but they can also be fitted with a free standing aluminium goalpost framework if required. Ideal when the wall perhaps isn’t high enough or isn’t structurally sound enough, or simply if the system needs to be away from the building.

The various models we now offer for 2024 have very desirable and practical options to further enhance the protection, but also privacy and comfort.

– Drop down front fabric valance option

– LED Lighting available on most parts of the framework structure

– Adjustable height front support posts for low lying sun or rainfall redirection

– Infra red halogen heating options

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Markilux Pergola Classic – Ideal for larger sizes and coupled units

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When your outdoor space is either very large or you require enhanced weather protection to the sides and front, then consider one of our enhanced pergola structures. Freestanding or wall mounted aluminium framework systems, using either enhanced fabrics, with triple layers, or bladed aluminium electric operated rotating slats. Systems suitable for commercial or domestic use at any size or specification.

Any of these pergola systems can be either wall mounted or stand alone. The Markilux Markant, for example, can be manufactured to a massive 6m x 6m with only 4 support posts required. This gives a unique, uninterrupted view all round from sitting underneath and with further options available for the sides, such as electric vertical blinds or sliding glass and fabric doors, you can create a truly spectacular outdoor weather protected space. The fabric roof for the Markant can be fully retracted at the push of a button with 2 roof fields on the larger sizes to give even more control of the sun shading and rain protection.

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All of these enhanced pergola systems are for use in commercial or domestic environments and can have the following options:

Enhanced systems

– LED lighting built into various positions to suit your need
– Infra Red heating units for instant, low running cost warmth when required
– Electric Vertical blinds for weather protection and privacy
– Sliding Glass Doors for weather protection whilst providing natural light and vision
– Static aluminium solid walling for blocking one or more sides to the elements
– Smart app control systems to operate all elements via a smart phone or tablet

Another benefit of this type of system is the ability to open the roof only and keep the sides closed when the weather is fine, but it might be windy.

These ‘outdoor rooms’ allow for far more engaging interiors with the options of LED lighting in various places, low cost infra red heating using various systems and the ability to also incorporate entertainment systems.

A great many people use these outdoor rooms for entertaining with cooking facilities and dining tables and chairs incorporated, for many it is simply a great relaxing area for reading, studying, listening to music and so on.

For a commercial application the benefits are obvious with extra space for more customers, who will also stay far longer because the weather changes won’t affect their experience.

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The various retractable roof systems have been developed from other successful products used for outdoor weather protection and have been developed and tested in harsh climates for many years. These are not products simply rushed together to fill a demand. They are all equally suitable for a commercial or domestic environment, with proper rain and wind testing and sun shading to your chosen level, depending on the fabric choice. These are not budget driven, DIY products suitable only for light use in domestic applications.

Weinor Pergotex 

The original German manufactured retractable fabric (triple layered) roof system with sufficient structure strength to enable further enhancement with front and side infill products. The “cabriolet roof’ system with very large sizes possible. Fabric roof is further strengthened using aluminium profile bars and rain channels in the side and front profiles directing rainfall to the front and down the support posts at low level.

Weinor Pergotex with LED lights
Markilux Markant

Markilux Markant

An industry leading retractable fabric pergola system with a totally flat roof design and unique rainwater dispersal. This self supporting aluminium pergola is extensively used for so many applications and you can truly create an outdoor room with the right sides and internal specification. When closed the fabric roof still lets natural light in for the best atmosphere when sitting underneath.. Electric fabric roof, with 2 roof sections on large sizes.

Markilux Pergola Stretch

The alternative to the Pergotex with the fabric choices from Markilux. Retractable fabric roof system with the ability to add additional weather protection to the main framework on the sides and front. Lighting, heating and other enhancements all available.

Markilux Pergola Stretch with lighting
Erhardt ARC all weather terrace system

Artares Bioclimatic Pergola

Another top of the range German manufactured pergola system for serious weather protection in commercial or domestic applications. Made to measure, electric, louvered, aluminium roof, tested and developed specifically for Northern European climates. A lasting investment in serious outdoor covered space with peace of mind for durability and reliability. Open or closed sides with various options.




Any of these enhanced aluminium structures have the ability to be almost totally enclosed for all year round weather protection. Don’t ever get fooled that this means warm and dry as you are still outside and in a non insulated covered space. These ‘outdoor rooms’ are perfect for probably around 9 months of the average year all depending on which aspect they are situated.
If it is damp and cold outside as well as dark, then why be outside anyway? For the lighter months and any time the sun shines these outdoor rooms are perfect for so many reasons. Fresh air, natural light, beautiful and calm environment away from your main home and so on…



Further SystemsAnother great system for creating all year round covered space is called a louvered roof system, or sometimes referred to as a bioclimatic pergola. These are systems using rotating aluminium blades fixed across an aluminium structure. This system has many various brand names in the UK and we recommend the Biossun and Weinor range because of their pedigree and experience in these types of structures.

The principal is simple with overlapping aluminium flat, or slightly curved sections rotating next to each other to provide either a solid roof when closed or varying degrees of sun and open weather when the blades are tilted at any angle through to 130 degrees.

Rainwater, like in other outdoor room systems is captured in channels running around the roof structure and directed down the support legs and again, these systems are self-supporting or able to be fixed directly to a property to act as an extension of a room.

The roof system can have different LED lights integrated in various places and the frame support structure also takes all the various options of side infills to create the outdoor room again.

All the rotating roof sections, and any options (integrated blinds, led lighting, infra-red heating, etc.) are easily operated from a choice of radio controlled wireless handsets with an informative LCD screen so you can easily select which part of the pergola canopy system you wish to control at any time. Powerful and yet almost silent, integrated electric motors adjust the roof sections and optional integrated blinds whilst built in radio control receivers allow you to turn the LED lighting and optional infra-red heating on and off and also dim if required.

A louvered roof system will enhance any premises with any of the choice of factory finishes available and its tough aluminium and stainless steel construction ensures it will withstand the diverse British weather. Tested to the severest of quality standards, the louvered roofs can withstand wind speeds up to Beaufort 10.


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How can I order? Our approach

For many years we’ve helped our domestic and commercial awning and canopy customers.

How can I order? Our approach

1. Take several pictures of the area where you are looking to create an outdoor space.
2. Send your images with your details.
3. Tell us a little about what you want to achieve e.g. sun protection, rain protection, all year round use of space and so on.
4. If you have any preferences already, things such as retractable, fixed or both in one system. Don’t worry if you haven’t as we can advise and guide you later if needed. Read more

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