What is a Pergola?
A pergola is essentially an outdoor structure made of wood. It extends your living area so you can enjoy the great outdoors. The pergola has no walls. Technically, a pergola does not have a roof, either. A pergola with a roof is known as a pavilion. Obviously, we can create a pergola with a roof added on to ensure protection from the rain and the sun. The word pergola comes from the Latin word ‘Pergula’, meaning ‘projecting eaves’. They were initially designed to support plants.
What are the benefits of a Pergola?
The benefits of pergolas are that they look great and provide an open space to enjoy the outdoors. The pergola can be right next to your home but are most often found in the garden where people can enjoy a bite to eat or a glass of wine. The pergola is essentially as close to nature as you can get, with a bare timber structure surrounded by plants. Often, vines are wound throughout the lattice.
What is the point of a Pergola?
As previously mentioned, the pergola will not really enhance the value of your home. Especially compared to renovations, remodels, or timber decking. It is a place where you and your friends can enjoy the outside world and escape for a while. It is best described as ‘quaint’, a simple structure for those who want to be around plants as they eat and converse with family and friends. You can add a roof to it for added protection. Even those who like nature can’t ignore the power of the wind, sun, and rain!
What is the difference between a Pergola and a patio?
There is little separating a pergola and a patio. The patio is more common, as it will often have a roof. Pergolas use trees as shade and are built to support plants. Patios are more ‘modern’ with roofs, and will typically incorporate timber decking as well. Both are areas for dining and recreation. The patio is often built next to a house, while the pergola will be separate, in a garden setting.
What is the difference between a Pergola and a Verandah?
A verandah is different from a pergola. A verandah is always attached to the ground floor of a building. The name comes from India, meaning a place that leads outdoors’. Basically, the space around a property that is under shade/roofing is known as a ‘verandah’. It will often be accompanied by timber decking and separates the outside garden from the front door.
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