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What is a pergola?
A pergola is a structure with four posts and a roof that’s a series of boards or slats with gaps in between. They both shield the sun but let sun through as well. They are usually built in a deck, patio, poolside deck (i.e. cabana) or over walkways.
The pergola dates back to the 1600s, and it is a flawless choice for an outdoor feature that is cheap and beautiful. It doesn’t take up a lot of space (if you don’t want it to) and it can be decorated in any way you want.
The pergola is easily personalized, whether you want it stained or hot pink, it’s your choice. You can cover it in flowers, or leave it nude and standing freely.
Throughout history, the pergola could be made of all wood, or out of wood with stone or brick pillars. Modern day pergolas stand tall and mighty on wood, vinyl, fiberglass, aluminum or even CPVC.
You can use a pergola as a beautiful addition to your backyard by staining the wood and putting some seating under it. If you want to use your pergola traditionally, you can add plants and flowers for a shaded walkway along with a wooden lattice.
The pergola can also be used as a private sitting area. Add sheer white curtains to the pergola that can be drawn shut to enjoy some quiet private space in your backyard.
Pergola vs. Gazebo
A pergola is different than a gazebo in several ways.
First, a pergola’s roof, which is the defining element, is a series of boards with gaps in between, whereas a gazebo roof is solid.
Second, a pergola doesn’t necessarily have a wall, although it can (but is unusual). Gazebos have partial walls with the upper half usually open or screened in. Some gazebos have walls that span floor to roof.
Third, gazebos are stand-alone structures that may or may not sit on a deck or patio. A pergola, on the other hand, is often built on a deck or patio or walkway.
What materials are pergolas built with?
The most common material is wood, but you can build them out of steel as well.
Related: Wood Pergola Plan and Parts