4 Best Retractable Roof Pergolas

Last Updated On: May 29th, 2019

Our experts spent around 25 hours building and testing pergolas kits (with roof).

Eventually, we found the best retractable roof pergola.

They were selected in terms of quality, community rating and easy maintenance.

Any one of these will make a great addition to your garden.

Pergola Recommendations

glendale GL1360 3 x 4 m Seville Mocha Gazebo - Grey
Best Overall
Rowlinson Latina Canopy
Jarder Gazebo - 3x3m - Beige Outdoor Garden Patio Pavilion - Curtain Sides for Shade & Privacy
Rowlinson St Tropez Canopy - Gun metal grey, Taupe Canopy
Dimensions
3m x 4m
3m x 3m
3m x 3m
3.3m x 3m
Material
Aluminium
Aluminium
Steel
Steel
Customer Rating
No. of Reviews
13 Reviews
20 Reviews
10 Reviews
7 Reviews
glendale GL1360 3 x 4 m Seville Mocha Gazebo - Grey
Dimensions
3m x 4m
Material
Aluminium
Customer Rating
No. of Reviews
13 Reviews
Pricing
Best Overall
Rowlinson Latina Canopy
Dimensions
3m x 3m
Material
Aluminium
Customer Rating
No. of Reviews
20 Reviews
Pricing
Jarder Gazebo - 3x3m - Beige Outdoor Garden Patio Pavilion - Curtain Sides for Shade & Privacy
Dimensions
3m x 3m
Material
Steel
Customer Rating
No. of Reviews
10 Reviews
Pricing
Rowlinson St Tropez Canopy - Gun metal grey, Taupe Canopy
Dimensions
3.3m x 3m
Material
Steel
Customer Rating
No. of Reviews
7 Reviews
Pricing

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Let’s get started….

Glendale 3 x 4 m Seville Mocha

Best Newcomer
glendale GL1360 3 x 4 m Seville Mocha Gazebo - Grey
13 Reviews
glendale GL1360 3 x 4 m Seville Mocha Gazebo - Grey
  • Sturdy aluminium frame
  • Canopy retracts and can be removed curtains are also available
  • Ideal for staying in the shade

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Glendale is a premium entry to outdoor garden furniture and structures like this beautiful pergola.

The proof is in the pudding for a product like this one. As of May 2019, it has been reviewed 11 times and has an average of 4.6 out of 5.

People love this one!

Let’s explore why….

Key Features

  • Free standing
  • Grey finish
  • Attractive retractable pergola roof – Mediterranean vibe!
  • Waterproof: Showerproof polyester fabric
  • Material: Metal (Aluminum)
  • Weight: 35kg
  • Dimensions: 400 x 300 x 260 cm

PROS:
  • Great value for money
  • Beautiful finish when constructed (you will get compliments from your neighbours!)
  • Durable & rust proof
CONS:
  • Instructions could be better. However, reported by other buyers – Glendale’s technical support are very responsive and helpful.

Conclusion

All in all, with our team it took 2 people 3 hours to assemble.

We really liked this one, that’s why it’s our best newcomer choice. It’s great value, widely rated by the community and is a beautiful finish.

Professional Tip
Contact Glendale’s technical support is the instructions are lacking. We tested this out, they were very helpful!

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Rowlinson Retractable Roof Pergola Style Gazebo

Best Overall Pick
Rowlinson Latina Canopy
20 Reviews
Rowlinson Latina Canopy
  • free standing sun canopy
  • retractable taupe-coloured canopy
  • Showerproof polyester fabric
  • Aluminium construction
  • Gunmetal grey powder coated finish

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Rowlinson are one of our favourite brands when it comes to garden products like gazebos and pergola kits (with roof) like this one.

With over 90 years of manufacturing knowledge and experience, Rowlinson know what they’re doing with a pergola.

Let’s explore some of the key features…

Key Features

  • Free standing
  • Gunmetal grey finish
  • Attractive retractable pergola roof (taupe coloured polyester)
  • Waterproof: Showerproof polyester fabric
  • Material: Metal (Aluminum)
  • Weight: 41kg
  • Dimensions: 297.2 x 297.2 x 233.7 cm (3 x 3m)

PROS:
  • Lightweight but robust
  • No extra drilling required
  • Durable & rust proof – powder coated to protect against corrosion
CONS:
  • Instructions difficult at times due to labelling

Conclusion

Our team loved the free-standing element which allows you to locate it anywhere in your garden. Also, the canopy has drainage holes to prevent the build up of water.

We really liked this one, that’s why it’s our best overall choice. It’s great value, widely rated by the community and we assembled it in 4 hours (with a team of 2 people).

Professional Tip
Spray the inside of the tracks with furniture polish to free up sticking issues

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Jarder Retractable Roof Pergola Style Gazebo

Great Value
Rowlinson Latina Canopy
20 Reviews
Rowlinson Latina Canopy
  • free standing sun canopy
  • retractable taupe-coloured canopy
  • Showerproof polyester fabric
  • Aluminium construction
  • Gunmetal grey powder coated finish

Last update on 2019-06-15 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Another big player in garden furniture,  Jarder have this great looking retractable roof pergola which we assembled in record time.

Also, when we say it’s a pergola, we mean it’s a gazebo with pergola features.

Either way, this is great value and suitable for outdoor events, weddings, parties and dining.

What are some of the key features?

Key Features

  • Minimalistic design
  • UV protected cover
  • Attractive retractable pergola roof (beige coloured polyester)
  • Waterproof: Water resistant cover
  • Material: Metal (Steel)
  • Weight: 40kg
  • Dimensions: 3 x 3m

PROS:
  • Easy to assemble (2 people recommended)
  • Solid structure
  • Can screw into decking easily
CONS:
  • Poor instructions

Conclusion

If you’re on a budget this is a fantastic option. When assembled this feels like a high quality, extremely sturdy pergola – despite the low cost!

That’s exactly why it’s our great value choice. Also, packaging and presentation was excellent – we cannot fault it.

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Blumfeldt Palazzo Pavillon Pergola Patio Canopy

Bonus Pick
retractable canopy pergola

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As elegant and high quality as the name suggests,the Palazzo Canopy Pergola is one of our favourites in the range.

Compared with our best overall pick, the Palazzo uses arguably superior materials.

This is why we’ve included it as our bonus pergola. It’s beautiful.

Let’s look at some reasons why…

Key Features

  • Beautiful modern design
  • Stable corner posts (1.5mm material thickness)
  • Aluminum exterior means no rust marks
  • Waterproof: Water repellent polyurethane coating (PU)
  • Material: Metal (Steel)
  • Weight: 42kg
  • Dimensions: approx. 4 x 2.3 x 3 m (WxHxD)

PROS:
  • Rustproof
  • Easy assembly with good instructions
  • UV and water repellent cover that is easily retractable
CONS:
  • Floor screws not included

Conclusion

Arguably superior brand vs the other picks on this list.

We also loved the folding canopy which gives full control over shade in the sun.

Blumfeldt is a good investment of money, it will last 5 – 10 years guaranteed.

If you have budget, we recommend this one.

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What is a Pergola?

In a nutshell, it’s a garden feature which gives a shaded sitting area or passageway. This involves vertical pillars with cross-beams and an open lattice.

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A latin term, pergula means a projecting eave.

Let’s also clarify.

The pergola is a type of gazebo. But vs your traditional gazebo, it usually acts as a cover for your terrace or a link between passageways.

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How to Build a Pergola with Roof

The pergolas on this list have been chosen because our team found them relatively easy to build. The pergola kits themselves come with fantastic, easy to follow instructions and all of the necessary fixtures and fittings. What we recommend you bring to the table is a minimum of 2 people and the proper tools for assembly.

If you’re not choosing a kit from the list above. Not to worry. It is possible for you to build a pergola with a roof from scratch. See below.

What Tools Are Required?

  • Large spirit level
  • Hammer
  • Cordless hammer drill
  • Screwdriver
  • Pens for marking (we used Sharpies)
  • Electrical tape
  • A varying selection of screws and nails (optional)

Installing the Posts

You’re going to need treated softwood for this. Also, please make sure to use a wood preservative on the end of the timber and feet of the posts 24 hours before building.

If you have any questions, ask us in the comments below!

Jamie is the Editor of the Windproof Gazebos and eCommerce Manager at Midshires Electrical . He's had a lifelong love affair with outdoor furniture and a fascination with gazebos. He's been known to assemble gazebos (for good friends) just for the satisfaction and has a tendency to hurt himself while testing them out in the garden.

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