Retractable Pergolas vs. Retractable Awnings

You know you want to enhance the look of your outdoor space, make it more versatile and even add value to your property. But are retractable pergolas or awnings the way to go? Both types of shade systems come with their own benefits, but one may be more suitable for certain applications than others. 

Make the right choice with OZTECH. This guide is your first step to choosing between retractable awnings and pergolas, and we’ve laid out some advantages of both to help you decide. 

Why choose a retractable pergola?

A retractable pergola is suitable for both residential and commercial applications, and is a shade system supported by a number of posts. Its sophisticated design comprises a number of horizontal slats that allow light and air to flow through, while keeping away rain and heat. 


These slats make pergolas a versatile addition all year round, affording owners with more control over temperature during every season. That means you can manage how much sun and shade you allow in during summer, and can even fight against some harsher conditions including rain and hail – all with a user-friendly remote control system. 


Our HARBOUR retractable pergola system is a freestanding product with a stylish curved roof. With an impressive wind rating of up to Beaufort class 11 (up to 117km/h), and aluminium profiles finished with thermo setting powder coating, it delivers superior performance and longevity. 

Best for: 

  • Extending the living area of your home 
  • Adding class and character to a space 
  • Increased privacy 
  • Outdoor commercial settings 
  • Entertaining guests or customers


Why choose retractable awnings?

Retractable awnings provide shade to your outdoor space, without blocking the view. Helping you to outsmart the weather (by blocking UV rays and even lowering your air conditioning bills) and reduce your energy consumption, this could be one of the smartest investments you make this year. 


Thanks to their function, design and versatility, awnings can add real value to your Sydney property, extending the use of your outdoor space whether you use it for entertaining or family time. 


Take our Millenium System, for example, that delivers all the protection you expect while blending seamlessly with modern architecture. At OZTECH, we have a range of colours, fabrics and frames for you to choose from. 

Best for: 

  • Climate protection for families 
  • Image and functionality  
  • Commercial and residential settings 

Contact OZTECH

Thanks to the flexibility we at OZTECH offer our customers, making the decision between retractable pergolas and retractable awnings is easy. Our experts will take the time to understand your environment and your goals, and offer our advice on the best roof system for you.  


In general, we recommend pergolas for those times you want to add a little extra impact and sophistication to your outdoor space, and awnings where function and protection are the main priorities. To discuss your options in more detail, and arrange a consultation, give us a call on 1300 552 516 or email 

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