Aluminum pergolas may be a favorite outdoor amenity for shade, relaxing or dining outdoors in the summer. But when the inevitable downpour comes pouring down, will a pergola be able to withstand the elements?

No aluminum pergola can be guaranteed to be 100 percent "waterproof" or "watertight" - but you can help your pergola function at its best by having simple maintenance tips and proper positioning. Our team of professional installers can advise you on the best orientation and placement of your pergola.

While open pergolas may not be waterproof, there are certainly designs you can choose to maximize wind and water resistance for year-round use. Read on to find out how to make your pergola as rainproof as possible in our changing climate.