Backyard barbecues and picnics don’t have to depend on perfect weather.
When the sun bears down or storm clouds approach, pergolas with movable louvers let you channel a breeze and block the rain.
Also called smart pergolas, you can operate these structures by hand or with your smartphone. Others adjust themselves based on the weather.
“You have the pergola when you want it. You have shade when you need it, without having a permanent roof above you. Or, you can close the roof when you need to, because it will protect you from the rain,” says Claudio Bertolini, co-owner of The Smart Pergola in Indianapolis.