Your garage is functional, but what if it was equally as beautiful as it was efficient? Most house plans don’t consider how to enhance the looks of an otherwise plain garage after installing the doors, but there is a component that can be added to this area that will improve the curb appeal and raise the value of your home: a vinyl eyebrow pergola.
If you have windows that could use a decorative splash, consider an eyebrow pergola over them as well. You’ll gain some shade which can help reduce the heat gain, and you’ll further enhance the overall aesthetic appeal of your home.
What Is an Eyebrow Pergola?
You are probably familiar with the term “pergola” when it refers to a stand-alone structure covering over a porch or deck, providing shade without using a full roof. An eyebrow pergola attaches to the side of the house above a window or garage and doesn’t require any vertical supports. It serves the same purpose as a normal pergola by adding shade to the area beneath, but it also adds a sense of style without taking up usable space.
Some of the advantages include:
- Enhanced curb appeal
- Shade for windows
- Inexpensive detail added to your home
- Minimal maintenance
- Adds value to your home
Why Aluminum Reinforced Vinyl Is the Best Material
There are many materials that can be used to build a pergola, among them wood, vinyl and metal. Wood is seen as the most accessible and user-friendly for weekend warriors — and for good reason:
- Lumber is available right down the street.
- Many DIYers already own woodworking tools.
- People are familiar with wood and how to use it.
Wooden Pergola Issues
However, there are serious drawbacks to using wood, even treated wood — the main one being lumber requires substantially more maintenance compared to other materials. You will have to paint or stain it every few years to keep it protected. Since a pergola is usually getting full sun exposure, the lumber will eventually dry out, resulting in cracks, splits, warping and sagging.
Steel Pergola Issues
While steel pergolas are more durable compared to wood, steel is extremely heavy and must be painted to prevent rust. In addition, most people don’t have the tools necessary to build a project like an eyebrow pergola using steel.
Vinyl-Covered Wood Pergola Issues
A vinyl-covered wood pergola might appear to be the answer, but the wood on the inside is still a problem since it is subject to moisture and humidity. Therefore, it is also susceptible to sagging and warping, creating more work for you in the future.
Aluminum Reinforced Vinyl Pergolas
After looking at the downfalls of the other material options, the solution is clear. The best option for your pergolas is a vinyl-wrapped aluminum structure. Aluminum reinforced vinyl pergolas are the top choice, as they:
- Are maintenance-free
- Never needs painting
- Provide structural integrity
- Come in an easy-to-assemble kit
These characteristics are unmatched, making installation and maintenance easier and allowing you to enjoy the structures for years to come without worrying about when they’ll need fixing.
Why Heartland Eyebrow Vinyl Pergolas Make the Most Sense
Our eyebrow pergolas are made with 2’x6’ aluminum sleeves inside each vinyl rafter. The rafters attach to the home via a custom-manufactured joist hanger made to carry the weight and provide support for the pergola for the life of the product.
Heartland eyebrow pergola systems offer a unique louvered system that uses vinyl shade profiles at a 45° angle. That angle produces just the right amount of shade and it makes the pergola look great.
Consider These Facts:
- Full-size aluminum inserts on the inside of all structural components
- No wood needed inside the kit
- Holds up to the weather (wind, rain and snow)
- Never rusts, cracks, rots, burns or sags
- Premium extruded vinyl — never fades or weathers
- Never requires paint or stain
- 10-minute power wash twice a year
- Lifetime warranty
- Provides real shade
- High strength, low maintenance
Do-It-Yourself Pergolas Have a Short Lifespan
Many think that they can save money by purchasing an inexpensive wooden pergola or a vinyl system with wood inside, but the wood is always subject to deterioration. In a few years, problems will arise and the repairs could be costly, eventually requiring you to replace the entire structure.
In addition, homemade pergolas rarely have the louvers on top angled properly to block the sunlight, making them ineffective.
Our pergola kits take the guesswork out of installation. We provide CAD drawings and crystal clear installation instructions with every eyebrow kit. We even have a YouTube video series that walks you through the individual parts of a pergola kit and shows how they connect together. The PDF above is an example of the detail in our instructions.
You Can Customize the Kit
There are opportunities to customize your kit. For instance, you can:
- Trim the members to your desired length.
- Add additional kits to make the eyebrow up to 60’ long.
Heartland Pergolas Available in the Continental U.S.
At Heartland Pergolas, we will do everything possible to make your experience flawless, including shipping anywhere within 48 states and offering multiple customization options. We have brochures fully explaining how our products work, how they are assembled and what the finished pergola should look like. Our customer service team is ready to help you choose the best product for your needs and get a quote to you ASAP.
Understand our service doesn’t end when we ship your pergola. Our team is available by phone to provide support until your pergola is completely installed. We guarantee you will hear back from us within 24 hours of contacting us.
To find out more, contact us today to get your project started.