By: Chad Gono
Cover your pergola. What’s all that about?
First, let’s talk pergolas. They are a HUGE deal in Texas! They provide an extra dimension to the back of your house. They give it depth. They create an instant outdoor living area. Just add a fire pit, BBQ grill, outdoor furniture, kegerator, or ping pong table underneath that thing and start having fun!
My dad has one. My father-in-law has one. Shoot, I’m saving for one right now. You see them everywhere. We obviously think Pergolas rock, and we think we provide an option that makes them even better!
Pergola Covers. The Beginning.
Fourteen years ago, we started a mission to rid Texas of all those naked pergolas. We thought, pergolas are awesome, but what happens when it rains or is 110 degrees outside? Well, you could do a patio cover with shingles, but those are always super dark, and expensive because of all the labor. Then, you must run electricity and buy light fixtures. Yikes.
We realized we could solve this problem with this cool architectural grade plastic! Just install it on top and you’re done. Outdoor furniture will last longer. Home owners could put a TV underneath the structure. Ping Pong tables and fire pits wouldn’t get ruined by the rain. It would be cooler underneath during those hot summer months.
We worked hard with one of our partners and came up with a solution. Multiwall Polycarbonate.
Multiwall polycarbonate has been popular in Europe since the 1970’s as a great solution for commercial architectural applications, but it was never thought of in residential applications.
What if we brought this product to Texas and made a system that could cover pergolas?
We felt this product could be perfect. It would provide the toughness needed to withstand the elements but also provide a lightweight and easy product for installation.
We also knew that it needed to be a complete system. We couldn’t just throw sheets up there. We needed something to connect the sheets seamlessly, and we wanted profiles to finish off the edges. It had to look professional, and it had to be sold ready to install with installation instructions and great customer service to back it! One Stop Shop. What screws do we use? Washers? Gasket? Since the product was fluted, what do we do about that? Vent tape? We worked through all the possibilities, and after years of research and many different trials, we finally came up with it!
14 years later we have sold more than 50,000 jobs, and had a blast doing it.
Pergola Covers. Next Generation.
In 2016, we decided we wanted to be able to offer our customers an even better pergola cover system, so we took it to the next level and started researching a second system. It needed to be stronger, easier to install, and virtually leak proof.
After three years of research, our elite system, Topgal, finally came to market. What makes this system our elite system? Check out No More Naked Pergolas! Part 2.