The Constantine pergola is very popular, but is your garden going to be better with it? This review takes a look at what this pergola can do and its benefits.

The Coolaroo Constantine Pergola is one of the bestselling products from Coolaroo, and while there are a lot of good pergolas out there, this is one of the best when it comes to quality and design. With a glut of pergolas on the Internet you might be tempted to dismiss this as just another one, but a closer look will show there’s a lot more to this than your typical pergola.

Features

This 9×9 metal pergola offers you 90% UV protection so even if you’re out there and it’s very hot, you’re not going to suffer any ill effects. The materials for this pergola have also been specially chosen so when it’s been set up, the temperature under it goes down by as much as 32 degrees, something you don’t get with other pergolas.

The fabric is weather resistant so whether it’s hot or cold, the Constantine will keep you and your friends comfortable inside. A close look at the unit also shows that it is built from powder coated aluminum but unlike others however, this kit is easy to clean and doesn’t require a lot of maintenance.

We also have to point out the Constantine is retractable: if the weather is fine or you want to do some star gazing at night, just retract the roof and you’re good to go. If the sun is up and you need some shade, pull it up and you’ll get sufficient protection. The canopy removal process is quick, and most important, the pergola won’t rust or mold even without it. This means you can take the canopy off during the winter or whenever you feel like it, and you don’t have to worry about what it will do to the rest of the structure.

The structural design and architecture are high quality and unlike those in its class, there is enough space here so you can use it in different ways. Once the unit has been set up, you can start lounging with your friends or just relax by yourself.

We also need to mention the Constantine uses the Coolaroo knitted fabric, and this enables hot air to flow out and retain cool air. When you look at the Constantine, it might not seem that different from other pergolas, but the fact is the construction is more effective, hence it is capable of providing more comfort.

Last but not the least, the Constantine comes with a one year warranty, and with its solid built, serve you for a long time.

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Assembly

This aluminium pergola kit requires some assembly but instructions are provided and they’re easy to follow. Two people are required to set up the Constantine. If you’ve got some experience setting up a pergola, you can do this yourself in just a couple of hours tops. Once it’s been set up, you can start entertaining your friends and not worry about the sun burning down your backs.

The solid construction means the pergola will do fine in most weather conditions, but if the wind is really strong in your area, consider anchoring the Constantine down. The anchor that comes with the Constantine are pretty good and should hold up, but if you want to really secure the pergola permanently, you can set cement blocks around it for stability.

Benefits

The positive reviews the Constantine has been getting is indicative of its quality. Second, the UV protection afforded by this pergola is one of the best in its class. Third, reviews and customer testimonials prove it can withstand changing weather without any problems.

The frame is lightweight, but don’t mistake that for weakness: it is sturdy and should last a long time. The powder coating is well applied, and you don’t have to spend any time checking if it’s got cracks or is fading away.

We mentioned earlier how the Constantine brings down temperature by a considerable amount. That is obviously beneficial for people, but it’s also good for garden furniture: upholstered materials might get damaged when exposed to too much sunlight, so the protection offered by this pergola is going to make a huge difference in terms of their lifespan. The protection offered by the Constantine is also going to benefit decking and tiling as they tend to fade from excessive light exposure.

The retractable shade is well implemented and the Roman style adds to the coolness factor. The fabric and frame are nicely balanced and are not vulnerable to mildew or mold. This is where the aluminum construction plays an important role because unlike wood, it isn’t going to require extensive maintenance and looks just as good.

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Why Buy the Constantine?

The Constantine is a versatile pergola, and its design allows you to put it in a variety of places including the porch and outdoor kitchen among others. While there are plenty of pergolas today, the Constantine stands out from the rest with its unique set up and the many ways you can benefit from it.

  • Versatile: this pergola is more versatile than a patio or deck, and it’s the perfect place for outdoor dining, relaxation and entertaining friends and family. Whether you set this up on the open grass, concrete flooring or a deck, you’re going to get plenty of room to chill out. The open architecture of the Constantine means you’ll be able to savor the fresh air without constraints, but you can add drapes for some privacy.
  • Plant Growing: like other aluminum and steel pergola kits, the Constantine is ideal for use with plants and flowers. The type of plants you can grow depends a lot on the environment, the soil and climate, but the best ones are grapes, hops, ivy, wisteria and clematis. Surrounding the pergola with plants and flowers does three things: it provides shade, beautifies your surroundings and adds privacy. By strategically placing plants here and there, you can use them to increase privacy
  • Vertical Gardening: the Constantine also gives you the chance to do some vertical gardening. If space is at a premium, just use the pergola as the support for your climbing plants.
  • Comfort and Relief: the most common function of a pergola is to provide shade, and the Constantine excels in this. We already touched upon its UV protection, but it is worth going over its shading a bit more as it will demonstrate how effective it is. The standard pergola does not provide full relief from the sun because of the beams, but with the Constantine you get maximum protection when you need it thanks to its retractable nature. As we mentioned earlier, the fabric is top notch and will last much longer than you may think.
  • Increase Property Value: we all want our homes to increase in value over time, and adding a pergola is one way to do it. Of course you cannot just use any type of pergola as it must be of high quality, and that is where the Constantine comes into play. How much value does this pergola add to your home? It depends on how you have set up your garden, but provided it’s well done, expect an increase of at least 20%.
  • Cost Effective: there are pergolas with thousand dollar price tags, but the Constantine is not one of them. While it is at least half the price of high end pergolas, its quality is comparable to those and lasts just as long. When you consider the fact that it adds value to your home, it further emphasizes the cost efficiency and why it is a good investment.
  • Customizable: this steel pergola with canopy is popular with a lot of homeowners because of its versatility. As has been previously mentioned, the Constantine can be set up in different ways so you are not confined to using it just one way or the other.

The Constantine is one of the best examples of a fully functional and stylish pergola. It is easy to clean up, lightweight and is easy to anchor. Anchoring is not necessary as noted in the assembly section, but the option is there. If you want to set this pergola on footers, a patio or deck, it’s easy to do.

Questions and Answers

Q: Can you retract this pergola?

A: Yes, this is retractable.

Q: Are its legs hollow?

A: Yes they’re hollow and can be filled up with sand if you want to install this on a patio.

Q: How sturdy is the frame?

A: The frame is aluminum, not steel, but it is solid.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 86″ H x 108″ W x 108″ D
  • Weight: 57 lbs.
  • Canopy water resistant: Yes
  • Greenguard Certified: Yes
  • Assembly Required: Yes
  • Product Warranty: 1 year

Conclusion

This metal pergola with canopy from Coolaroo is an excellent choice if you’re on a budget but don’t want to compromise when it comes to quality. The quality is high and you don’t have to worry if it’s going to wilt under pressure from the heat. If you’re concerned there are no more good pergolas for less than a thousand dollars, there is, and the Constantine is one of them.

 

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