Aluminum Pergolas Add Value

 In Aluminum Pergola, Aluminum Sunshade, Architectural Use

Adding an eye-catching, well-designed pergola is an easy way to make a sophisticated upgrade to the exterior of any building. Certainly, architectural sunshades benefit many buildings in many ways. Astro’s aluminum pergolas add value by defining the outdoor living space, reduce your building’s energy consumption, and help you earn LEED® points.

Pergolas Add Value with Aluminum

Traditionally, pergolas have been made from wood or vinyl. For optimization, Astro recommends aluminum. For this reason, wood weathers with age and requires painting, staining or sealing every couple of years to protect it from fading, cracking and rotting. Similarly, vinyl can fade and crack, too. Aluminum, however, is lightweight, strong, resists corrosion, withstands high winds, offers a low maintenance finish, and is a highly recyclable material. Aluminum’s smooth, nonporous surface withstands weathering so it doesn’t require refinishing. Moreover, aluminum is typically fast and easy to fabricate and install for cost savings.

Add Value with Design

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Sunshade White Bear Lake Library

A pergola provides a welcoming spot for people to gather, while offering sun defense in the open-air. The feeling of being outside while being protected by heat and harmful rays is unparalleled to many, indeed. Besides, pergolas can be either attached to a building or stand alone. Pergolas not only have a dramatic impact on building appearance; they can dramatically affect indoor temperature as well. In fact, a carefully placed pergola can maximize solar heating in the winter and shading from the sun’s heat in the summer. Our project managers have the experience and expertise to consult the benefits a custom metal sunshade structure can offer. Whether we create a system to comply with your specifications, or produce original mockups from scratch, we can assist you in meeting LEED® requirements through a passive solar design.

Passive solar design optimizes building energy utilization by the engineering (or art) of shadowing. A shadow system (aka passive solar design) controls solar temperature influences in buildings, without the use of mechanical and electrical devices. Moreover, size and angle of shades are tailored to offer the best shading solution for your building. Innovative design options include cantilevers, curvatures, archways, etc. Thus, we do all this in accordance with sound engineering practices for complete support with wind, snow and ice loads. Aluminum pergolas add value in many ways.

Add Value with a Finish

A proper finish on aluminum improves performance in strength, sustainability, and aesthetics. Finishing options we recommend include: anodizing, PVDF coatings, powder coating, and custom finishes. Specialty finishes are now applied to mimic marble, granite, and natural wood. Yes, you read that correctly; aluminum is painted to resemble stone or wood! A nice wood-grain coating offers the traditional look of timber, but with all the added benefits of aluminum. These advantages include: resistance to rotting, scratches, chemicals, humidity, fire, and insects. Whatever finish you choose, aluminum pergolas add value with a lifetime of beauty to your construction project.

Shade Categories

Architectural shading products come in all sorts of categories. Likewise, Astro has the ability to fabricate assortment of aluminum sunshades. These include:

Aluminum Perforated Metal Canopy

MSP Airport Perforated Canopy

  • Awnings
  • Canopies
  • Canopy Extensions
  • Canopy Trusses
  • Cantilevered Sunshades
  • Entrance Canopies
  • Extruded Sunshades
  • Louvered Roofs
  • Perforated Panels
  • Shade structures
  • Sundecks
  • Sunshade Bar Gratings
  • Trellis Screens
  • Verandas
  • Vertical Screens
  • Window Shades
  • Window Shades


Aluminum pergolas add value to buildings by providing a decorative element to the landscape. Therefore, pergolas and sunshade systems are ideal for any outdoor living space. Placements of pergolas include outdoor kitchens, swimming pools and spas, patios, terraces, courtyards, and gardens. In addition, they are picturesque for patrons everywhere. These are perfect, indeed, at libraries, shopping malls, theme parks, sports venues, country clubs, resorts, restaurants, apartments, hotels, parking tolls, and more.

We currently have our aluminum sunshade structures installed around the Midwest. For instance, these applications are in commercial-retail, government, airports, multi-residential buildings, and pedestrian bridges.

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With the proper material, design, and installation, a pergola can last many years and remain practically maintenance-free. Consider Astro for designing your next pergola since our project managers and designers work diligently with you. In fact, we provide high quality, innovative solutions to ensure your sunshade structure will offer lasting beauty for many years to come. And remember, pergolas are more than a shading structure. They are a real living space that adds value to your commercial building!

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