Awnings vs. Pergolas

Published On: October 10, 2023|Categories: Awnings, Pergolas|

There is nothing quite like enjoying your own outdoor space at your Ottawa home, and having a structure like an awning or pergola can allow you even more time outdoors by protecting you from the elements. These versatile structures not only provide exceptional sun protection, ensuring you stay comfortable and safe from overheating and sunburn even on those hot and sunny days, but they also serve as protection from light wind and rain.

Awning vs Pergola

Both awnings and pergolas offer the protection you need and prevent you from having to duck back inside your home if the weather takes an unexpected turn.

Should I Choose an Awning or a Pergola?

If you have narrowed down your shelter options to either an awning or pergola, making that final choice can be a challenge. Fortunately, Jans Awnings and Rollshutters have been serving Ottawa residents for years, and we are experts in designing, supplying, and installing a wide range of awnings, pergolas, and other shade structures. In this guide, we will assist you in determining whether an awning or pergola is the perfect addition to your outdoor space.

Space Considerations

Awnings may be the ideal choice if you are looking for a space-saving option. When retracted, awnings snugly nestle in an unobtrusive cassette mounted to the side of your house. When extended, they provide shade without interfering with patio furniture or the humans that may be passing underneath.

Pergolas, on the other hand, are more substantial structures in size. While sizes may vary between models, they typically occupy more space than awnings. Therefore, pergolas are better suited to outdoor decks and patios that have ample room to spare.


While awnings offer excellent protection against mild winds, they may provide less comprehensive coverage compared to pergolas.

Our pergolas, in particular, can be fitted with optional roll screens. Lowering these screens creates a weather-resistant enclosure, allowing you to enjoy your outdoor space year-round, regardless of the elements. You can choose between manual or remote operation or even opt for automatic sensors that respond to wind and sun conditions.

Structure Location

Awnings are exclusively wall-mounted, making them ideal for shading areas adjacent to your house. This feature is particularly advantageous for Ottawa homes with small patios or balconies.

Pergolas, on the other hand, can be wall-mounted or freestanding, giving you greater freedom in placement. However, ensure sufficient space around them to prevent interference with pedestrian pathways.

Contact Jan’s Awnings today

Now that you better understand which shading solution suits your outdoor space best, explore our extensive range of awning and pergola models. Our awnings and pergolas are customizable in various colours and materials, and we offer optional add-ons such as LED lighting, screens, and more.

Contact us today to help you select the right shade solution for your Ottawa home.

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