15 Reasons Restaurants Should Add Aluminum Pergolas

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James Moylan

Friday, December 03, 2021

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While the pandemic has affected just about every aspect of life, few industries have been hit as hard as restaurants, bars, and hospitality. Adding an outdoor dining area is one way to increase capacity and to safely bolster profits. If you’re looking for a safe, effective, aesthetically attractive structure, consider the advantages of a Renson aluminum pergola system.

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Benefits of Adding a Renson Pergola to a Restaurant, Hotel, or Café

  1. Increased Restaurant Capacity (and Profits)

An aluminum pergola system allows you to create a separate dining space outside your interior restaurant. By increasing both your dining options and your overall seating capacity, this structure provides a way to safely maximize revenue.

Designed well, an outdoor space can make up for any reduced indoor capacity limitations.

  1. Smart Financial Investment

Safely expanding the dining capacity of your restaurant has obvious and immediate financial benefits, but an aluminum pergola can also represent a smart investment in less obvious ways.

The longer the pandemic continues, the more it’s apparent we must change how we live and interact. Commercial spaces are no exception. If a restaurant is going to invest money in an outdoor dining area, it shouldn’t be in a temporary solution. It should be a lasting answer to an ongoing problem.

Yes, an aluminum pergola system costs more up front, but it’s a smarter long-term financial decision than a temporary structure.

Restaurants, hotels, and other entities in the hospitality sector should check with local authorities to see if there are any programs or grants to access funding for expanded seating. Especially if you’re eligible for those funds, investing in a beautiful, functional, lasting solution just makes sense! 

  1. Motorized Roof Control

If you opt for a pergola system by Renson, you have the option for motorized roof control. In this system, you can regulate sunlight, ventilation, and weather. The motorized blades can rotate 150 degrees or fully retract for a truly open-air experience. Motorized blades are controllable by remote, and optional rain and wind sensors are available as well. (See number thirteen for more information.)

  1. Increased Customer Comfort

A pergola system protects patrons from environmental nuisances and dangers, including rain, wind, insects, humidity, and the UV exposure and heat of direct sunlight. All this adds to the increased comfort of diners.

A Renson pergola can be made fully enclosable for maximum comfort. Side elements include the following:

  • Shades
  • Sliding panels
  • Sliding doors
  • Glass walls
  1. Fully Customizable

Depending on the specific pergola you choose, you’ll have different customization options. A Renson model will afford you the following:

Colors and Branding

The frame, roof, blades, and shades of a Renson pergola come in the color of your choosing. This allows you to match or to complement your establishment’s existing branding.


Lighting is an essential way to extend the usability of your outdoor space. (This is especially important in winter, when days are short.) A Renson pergola can integrate LED lighting in the roof, the blades, or the columns. This creates atmosphere and provides utility.


With a Renson pergola, you can choose the layout and design that best suits your place of business. That could include adding a side element (shades; aluminum, wood, or glass sliding panels; sliding doors; or glass walls). It could even mean refreshing the establishment’s façade with Linarte cladding. The specifics are up to you.


Dimensions are customizable down to fractions of an inch. Whatever size you need, Renson can accommodate.

Add-ons and Accessories

To get the most use out of your pergola year round, multifunctional beams allow the addition of fans, heaters, and misting systems. Whether your establishment is battling heat or cold, the available add-ons ensure your guests’ comfort.

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  1. Water Resistance

Renson pergolas are designed with a full and integrated gutter system. This provides dripless, leak-free rainwater management. Water drainage can also occur via side channels and columns, if desired. When the blades are closed, the system is effectively water resistant.

  1. Earthquake Resistance

Columns in a Renson pergola are reinforced, which makes the system earthquake resistant. While earthquakes are more common in certain parts of the world, they can occur anywhere. No matter where you are, this feature offers nice peace of mind.

  1. Wind Resistance

Renson pergolas are highly wind resistant, receiving the coveted Miami-Dade County approval for hurricane resistance. These structures are not only safe in high winds, but they also ensure there isn’t excessive or disruptive noise when it’s windy.

  1. High Snow Load Capacity

The snow load on a Renson pergola structure is 40.96 pounds per square foot. This is a high limit that ensures the structure will be sound, even in areas that receive a lot of snowfall.

  1. Year-Round Comfort

No matter where your place of business is located, a thoughtfully designed pergola can ensure the perfect outdoor climate for your patrons—in all seasons, at all times of day, and in all regions of the world.

Operating without disruption throughout the year, even with social distancing, capacity limitations, and other COVID-related restrictions, means you can worry less about lost revenue.

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  1. Quick Installation

A place of business never wants to be out of commission for long stretches of time. Construction work makes you run that risk. With a Renson pergola, however, installation is often quick and easy. Expect one day of install per system. This helps ensure little disruption to your business.

  1. Versatility

Pergola systems are great for their versatility. They can be adapted to work with many businesses under the hospitality umbrella:

  • The hotel industry
  • Beachfront resorts
  • Urban businesses looking to maximize rooftop space
  • Restaurants or bars looking to expand their outdoor footprint

Whatever your specific business, these versatile systems can complement any architectural style and allow you to worry less about the indoor capacity of your establishment.

  1. Added Convenience

With a smart motorized system, Renson takes a lot of manual regulation and guesswork out of your pergola. The system can be manually controlled by remote or linked smartphone app, but you can also opt for sensors that automatically close the blades in rain and shutter the blades and shades in strong winds.

  1. View Preservation

If your establishment has views you want to preserve, Renson can accommodate. Shades allow for view preservation, and aluminum columns are designed to be nonobtrusive and discreet. There are also no visually distracting horizontal connecting beams.

  1. Warranty

Warranties are a great way to have extra peace of mind. Depending on the Renson solution you choose, you will be protected by a two-year, five-year, ten-year, or fifteen-year warranty. (Most common is ten years.)

For more detailed information, see this Renson warranty chart.

Have any questions? We’re a design and build firm operating in the Northern Virginia and Maryland regions. If you’re considering options for your restaurant build or remodel, reach out today. We’d love to help you navigate design possibilities.


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