Outdoor Pergola – Choosing the Right One

An outdoor pergola is a wonderful way to provide shade over a walkway, sitting area, or outdoor entertaining area, while not intruding on the natural feel and flow of your garden, backyard or recreation area.

The unlimited amount of options available when choosing the right outdoor pergola for you leaves a wonderful opportunity to create a Pergola that fits your particular wants and needs, down to the most meticulous details.

Not many people know what a Pergola is, so let’s start there.

What is a Pergola?

pergolaA Pergola (a Late Latin word referring to a projecting eave) is an open-roof outdoor structure forming a shaded walkway, passageway or sitting area of vertical posts or pillars.

These pillars usually support cross-beams and a sturdy open lattice, upon which woody vines are usually trained.

Where Did Outdoor Pergolas First Appear?

Pergolas got their start as a functional structure with roots from the Mediterranean regions. Originally they were built to lessen the harsh Mediterranean sun, but are becoming very popular among Americans who love spending time in their backyard garden area.

What Are Pergolas Made Of?

Pergolas can be constructed out of many materials, including vinyl, wood, metal, fiberglass and sometimes still with brick or stone. With so many choices to choose from, you are even more likely to find the one that’s right for you.

What Uses Do Outdoor Pergolas Provide?

pergola by poolPergolas may link pavilions or extend from a building’s door to an open garden feature such as an isolated terrace or pool.

Freestanding Pergolas (those not attached to a home or other structure) provide a sitting area that allows for breeze and light sun, offering protection from the harsh glare of direct sunlight. Pergolas also give climbing plants a structure on which to grow.

So, It’s An Arbor, Right?

A Pergola is not an arbor, but it is very similar. Outdoor pergolas are usually larger than arbors and since you can use them to define outdoor rooms and spaces, they’re usually more entertaining as well.

Where’s The Best Place For A Pergola?

Your pergola will become a major focal point in your yard or garden so it’s important to determine an area that can benefit from that focal point. You want to be certain that your pergola is located where you can enjoy some privacy from your neighbors or the street.

What Size Pergola Is Right For Me?

pergolaIt’s important to be sure that the size of your pergola fits the scale of the space you’re working with. You don’t want a huge Pergola if you have a small yard.

Following the same logic, a small Pergola in a huge yard would look just a silly. Unless you have an unusually tall space to fill, a Pergola measuring over 8′ tall is rare, and usually unnecessary.

Are Pergolas Expensive?

There are many construction options available and numerous choices for building materials making it very affordable to add a Pergola to your outdoor area. Whether it’s a Do-It-Yourself project or you’ve decided you would rather have it installed for you, you’re likely to find a Pergola that’s fits your budget without compromising beauty, form or function.

Whether it be to used entertain friends, spend time with family, or just to provide a natural, relaxing place to get lost in a book or gather your thoughts, a Pergola is wonderful addition to any garden, backyard or recreation area.

When deciding to add an outdoor pergola to your outdoor space, there are many choices available and things to consider. To avoid any unnecessary confusion and to provide a useful resource, the articles below will discuss the many options available to homeowners interested in discovering the benefits of owning a Pergola, and what those options entail. Including…

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