A patio becomes a place of rest and relaxation during the spring and summer in most areas of our great country. While in other areas, you may be able to enjoy your patio year round.
You can unwind in the comfort of a patio on a fine weather day with family and friends, a good book or a cool beverage. To enjoy their patio, your client may request having their patio covered with a high quality, maintenance free product.
Pergolas and Gazebos have been around for years. They both provide an area that allows you to enjoy the outdoors, or entertain your friends and family, but they are different in significant ways. There’s the difference in shape, the amount of shade they provide, as well as the overall appearance. In order to decide which one will be best for you, let’s look at each of them.
Characteristics of a Pergola:
A Pergola is a structure with vertical posts or pillars that support cross beams. Pergolas are defined as a structure that has the posts secured into the ground and are free standing. They are a stationary structure. However, they can also be an extension of another building or structure. Pergolas are either square or rectangular. They have a flat and open roof. The horizontal top beams are usually covered with lattice, and the sides are open. While the lattice will provide shade for the occupants, it will not provide protection from the rain and weather. A pergola may or may not have a solid floor.
Although it seems the terms trellises, arbors and pergolas are used to describe the same type of structure, they are actually each different. A trellis is a lattice work built to support climbing plants or vines. An arbor usually creates a tunnel type of passageway. Pergolas are simply posts that support a roof like structure of cross rafters. The most common use of a pergola is to shade a deck or patio. Pergolas have been around for centuries to provide an inviting space outdoors to relax and entertain. Modern day pergolas can provide the same atmosphere.
Let’s look at ways to beautify a Pergola.