by Christy Heitger-Ewing

It doesn’t take long for homeowners to realize how much more they enjoy relaxing in their backyard by installing The Smart Pergola, a remote-controlled roof that opens, angles and closes. Made of powder coated extruded aluminum with stainless steel components, it’s maintenance free. Homeowners can angle the louvers to 150-degree rotation to create complete shade at any time of the day.

“It’s very similar to being under a tree in that the heat can escape but you still can enjoy a nice airflow,” says Anna Bertolini, owner of The Smart Pergola. “It’s so nice to have complete shade, an open roof still allowing the light to come through.”

Another wonderful feature is the rain sensor that automatically closes the louvers to become a rain-tight roof. Whether there is a pop-up shower on a sunny day, or an unexpected storm at night, your furniture will be protected from the elements.

Another great addition to The Smart Pergola or any fixed structure are The Smart Screens. There are two types: one blocks the sun and UVA rays, as well as rain and wind. The other, a Vinyl Drop, is ideal for use in the cold weather by completely blocking the rain and the wind when homeowners add a fire table or heat source.

The Smart Screen enables the homeowner to use the area year-round. It also adds privacy and is great for those homes that are situated near one another.

If you’re interested in upgrading your outdoor experience at home, call 317-862-4072 or visit for more information.