The first Tuesday of September is Sustainable Tuesday. On this special day, sustainable ideas and initiatives get a platform in the political scene in The Hague. But how sustainable is a roof, actually?

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Jolijn Jalink

Marketeer & content creator

Sustainability, why is that so important?

Sustainability protects our natural environment and ecological and human health. In addition, sustainability stimulates innovation and at the same time we try not to endanger our way of life. It is therefore extremely important to promote sustainability, so that the environment is preserved in all its splendor.

Naturally, we think it is important that our patio covers guarantee sustainability. Today we would like to tell you more about this.

Is a roof sustainable?

How durable a canopy is depends entirely on the quality of the materials used. When using a wooden roof, the choice of wood must certainly contribute to sustainability. If painting is also required, it is wise to choose a type of paint that has as little impact on the environment as possible. Nowadays, sustainable paint is becoming increasingly available. Or opt for a glass roof or a polycarbonate canopy.

Glass sliding wall

At Bella Vista we only use high-quality aluminum for the sliding glass walls. The bottom rail is anodized, making these walls very durable.


Good insulation promotes living comfort, saves on energy bills and is also better for the environment. Where in the past installing a sliding glass wall could cause a draft in the house, nowadays you no longer have to worry about this. Our glass sliding walls are available in 10 millimeter thick safety glass and can be equipped with draft brushes. This makes nasty draughty glass walls a thing of the past!


With our polycarbonate canopies you are in the right place in terms of sustainability. Polycarbonate is twice as light and no less than 250 times as strong as regular glass. It is therefore a popular glass replacement for good reason. Polycarbonate has a long lifespan and the plates are also recyclable. Finally, it has a great ability to retain heat.

Enjoy even longer

By choosing a patio cover made of sustainable materials, you can enjoy the outdoors indoors or indoor life outdoors without any worries. So don’t skimp on the choice of materials, because using sustainable materials will make your canopy last considerably longer. This way there are only winners: the environment, your living enjoyment and your wallet!




Yes! Finally, your dream roof is in the garden. That means extended enjoyment of outdoor life. A roof is not a purchase made on a whim. That’s why you’d want to keep it beautiful and clean for as long as possible. But how much maintenance does your veranda actually require, and what’s the best way to clean it? We’ll explain!


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Jolijn Jalink

Marketeer & content creator

To clean

How often you need to clean your patio cover depends on where it is located. Logically, you will have to take care of a canopy that is located in a wooded area more often than one that is located in the city.

To make cleaning your canopy as easy as possible, we divide it into three groups:

  • The gutter
  • The frame
  • The roof


Cleaning the gutter

This part will be familiar to many, as you also have to do this at your home. It is necessary to regularly remove twigs, leaves, moss and other dirt from the gutter. If you do not do this for a longer period of time, the gutter will become clogged and rainwater will no longer be able to drain (properly).

Cleaning the frame

This part won’t take you much time. Simply cleaning the frame with a cloth and lukewarm water is sufficient. If you do this regularly (at least twice a year), the canopy will certainly last longer.

Cleaning the roof

Cleaning the roof is the most difficult job. In most cases it is difficult to reach and you will need a ladder or stairs. When cleaning the roof, we distinguish between a plastic and glass roof.


·       Cleaning plastic roof

Patio covers with a plastic roof are extremely popular. This is because you always have a view outside, but of course you want to keep that. That is why it is important that you clean it regularly. There is one thing you absolutely should not do and that is stand or walk on the roof. So you will have to find another way to access it. A ladder may get you a long way and there are brushes available with a telescopic handle, allowing you to reach everything.

Found a way? Nice! You can clean your plastic canopy using these steps:

  1. First, rinse the dirt off the roof with a garden hose. If you skip this and start scrubbing immediately, you will create scratches and you obviously don’t want that.
  2. After the dirt has been removed, scrub the canopy clean with a soft sponge or brush and lukewarm water with a mild detergent.
  3. If you continue to see green deposits or black streaks, remove them with special cleaning products. We have described later in the text which cleaning products are best to use.
  4. Finally, rinse the canopy again and then let it dry.

·       Cleaning glass roof

Cleaning a glass roof is the same as cleaning your windows. Here too, you must first rinse everything thoroughly with clean water, so that all dirt disappears and no scratches occur on the glass. Then clean the glass with soapy water and cleaning agent. Finally, dry the glass with a squeegee and chamois.


Which cleaning products can you use?

Various products are suitable for cleaning your canopy. Below is a list of the most famous cleaning products:

–        Water and soap

In principle, this is the best way to clean your patio cover. Make sure you always use mild soap so that the paint is not damaged.

–        Cleaning vinegar

In general, you can use this product to clean your canopy. However, cleaning does not have the correct effect on all types of roofs. Therefore, first ask the supplier whether this can cause harm.

–        Cleaning paste

Thanks to a cleaning paste you can quickly get rid of those annoying black smudges. All you have to do is coat the wipes with the paste. Finally, clean the entire surface with soap and water. Do not leave black streaks for too long. This dirt cakes quickly and will eventually penetrate into the canopy. Of course you want to prevent that.

–        Green tarnish remover

If you suffer from green deposits on your roof, the easiest way to combat this is with green deposit remover. You usually have to mix this product with water. It is also important that you clean green deposits in time, otherwise they can also penetrate the canopy.

You absolutely shouldn’t do this!

It is important that you clean your canopy correctly. In fact, it can cause irreparable damage if you do it wrong! So read the following carefully and prevent damage:

–     Do not use abrasive substances such as scouring pads. These affect the paint layer of the canopy.

–      In addition to scouring pads, abrasive, caustic or aggressive cleaning agents are also a no-go. These also affect the paint. So leave the gasoline and spirits in the cupboard.

–     Do not use a high-pressure cleaner. Your canopy can be damaged if water is sprayed on it with (too) high force. Therefore, it is better to choose the garden hose.

So, now you have all the knowledge you need to clean your garden canopy in a responsible manner. If you do this regularly and correctly, you are guaranteed to enjoy it for a long time. Good luck!



Have you ever noticed that our products have such unique names? Polaris, Aludra, Capella, Sirius – they’re all based on star names. With our products, you experience that outdoor feeling optimally. You’re not only extending the outdoor season but can also spend time outdoors until late hours. While you enjoy after-dinner conversations, marvel at the starry sky shining above you. The underlying idea is probably crystal clear by now.

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Jolijn Jalink

Marketeer & content creator

Star facts

All those product names based on stars are great, but what do they actually mean? It’s high time to get all the facts straight.

Aludra facts:

  • The Aludra is a bright star in the constellation Ursa Major;
  • It is a blue-colored and very bright star;
  • The star can be seen with the naked eye, so you don’t need a telescope;
  • The distance to Earth is 1957 light years.

Image: Big Dog

Sirius facts:

  • Sirius is the brightest star in the sky after the Sun;
  • This star is part of the constellation Ursa Major;
  • The star is almost twice as bright as Canopus, the brightest star after it.

Image: Sirius (brightest ster)

Polaris facts:

  • Polaris is another name for the North Star;
  • Polaris is the brightest star in the constellation Ursa Major;
  • The North Star is relatively easy to see. This fact has made this star a boon to travelers in the Northern Hemisphere, both by land and sea. Finding the North Star means knowing the direction north;
  • In addition, the Polaris is famous for another reason. It is known for barely moving while the other stars orbit around it.

Image: Little Dipper and North Star (Polaris)

Capella facts:

  • Capella is a double star. A double star is two stars that move around each other but appear like one star to the eye;
  • It is the brightest star in the constellation Carter;
    The name Capella means goat;
  • Just below Capella there are another set of faint stars. These are the little goats with which the Carter is sitting on his arm.

Image: Starry sky

Have you seen the light and are you curious about our products?

Then view all our strong and beautiful products here!