Differences between Pergolas and Gazebos

Are pergolas better than gazebos?

Structurally, pergolas are much less cluttered and much more elegant in comparison to gazebos. They may have a full or retractable roof if the purpose of a pergola is primarily for shade.

“Pergolas can extend from the wall of your house or can be freestanding anywhere along your deck or in your yard”

People often confuse gazebos with pergolas, the main difference between a pergola and a gazebo is the function of the roof. A gazebo provides full coverage from the sun and is made from either wood, vinyl, or aluminium with a soft or hard top. With custom gazebos, you can also choose from several roofing and flooring options to match your preferred taste, while a pergola allows for sunlight to shine through its slatted roof. Typically, a pergola provides partial shelter and shade over a garden, pathway, or patio.

A beautiful photo highlighting a gazebo

Pergolas are large structures, usually made from wood, that use columns (or posts) as the frame and feature either a closed or openwork roof. Stylistically, pergolas are also often draped with plants like grapevines. Pergolas were once placed in small hideaways throughout gardens, offering a bit of shade and respite to anyone who needed it, now with innovative technology you are able to have an automated retractable awning on your pergola offering the best of both worlds.

However, now, pergolas are more common as focal points for gardens and backyards and attached to the home. This usually comes as a vertical addition to a deck or patio to provide a bit of coverage and shade. It makes sense that many people use the terms “pergola” and “patio cover” interchangeably.

A pergola erected over outdoor wooden deck area

This new style of pergola offers many advantages, including its accessibility and protection from weather like wind or rain. Many homeowners can also save when building pergolas by using the home’s exterior as one of its walls.

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