What is a Pergola?

What is a Pergola in Modern Context?

One of the many services that our company offers is the construction of pergolas. However, knowing that we can build you a pergola isn’t very helpful if you don’t know it. As a cornerstone of high-quality backyard structures, a pergola can bring your yard together.

But what is a pergola?

A pergola is an outdoor structure supported by a series of columns. They appear in backyards to act as protection against rain or snow. However, there are some open roof pergolas. Pergolas are typically away from your home, but there are some exceptions to that rule.

Pergolas are comparable to gazebos (minus the raised flooring). They are also similar to carports, but pergolas are not build to protect cars from the elements. So, now that you know what they are let’s explain why people get them.

Why Should I Get a Pergola?

When choosing to get a pergola, you can do so for several reasons. Check out a few of our suggested options:

  • To make a walkway with shade
  • To create a covered sitting area
  • The creation of a way for vines to travel up
  • As an extension of a building with a small garden underneath
  • As an opportunity to grow gardens on top of a covering

The most beautiful expression of pergolas is to create something of a “green tunnel.” They are beautiful additions to large properties that may protect you from sunlight or provide you with a walkway.

Regardless, walking under these outstretched vine-carrying devices creates an enchanting feeling.

Are Pergolas Only for Rich People?

It’s a common misconception that pergolas are limited to people who are comparable to Richie Rich. However, small and reasonable pergolas also act as a way for anyone to enjoy their unique garden features.

Whether they want the “garden of the roof” effect or want a leafy sitting area, pergolas are similar to porch overhangs without the porch. The result is a beautiful and unique area that is as affordable as you want it to be.

How do They Compare with Arbors?  

Many people tend to confuse pergolas with arbors, but these are different structures.

Arbors typically come in two forms:

  • A wooden bench with a roof used for climbing plants
  • A limited archway that covers a small area for climbing plants

The name arbor gives away that regardless of how you apply it, there is an included lattice for climbing plants. Pergolas have a similar lattice but typically are over more expansive areas. Also, there are no attached benches to pergolas.

People often use the terms interchangeably, so it’s best to avoid confusion by using them correctly. However, suppose you find yourself confused by this. In that case, it’s always best to ask about the details of the structure to verify features.

Final Thoughts

A pergola is a unique garden feature meant to beautify your space. Pergolas are especially handy for designs complimented by climbing plants. However, you are not required to have climbing plants to have a pergola.

If you want a pergola without any sense of confusion, Citywide Post Digging will help you find a design that works for you.