Most of us have heard of pergolas at least one time. However, most of us haven’t really bothered knowing what it actually is. Even with the context of it being part of a landscape or garden design, the exotic term provides a very vague idea to its definition. With its exotic sounding name and equally exotic sounding alternative names, arbour or arbor, visualizing what the item is a little fickle.
Pergolas are simply put, a garden structure that provides shade in a walkway, a patio or other parts of the garden landscape. It provides a shaded walkway or a shaded area for lounging at any time of the day. The structure is supported by several pillars and the top of the structure has crosshatched beams forming elegant lattice designs.
Sometimes, the crosshatch is minimal forming only rows of beams that are equally as attractive. Depending on the preference of the homeowner, the sides may also be installed with smaller lattice beams, providing even more shade specially early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Almost all pergolas are trained with woody vines to provide aesthetic enhancement and more shade. Since it is part of the garden’s landscape, the vines that are trained to crawl on the beams should match the general theme of the garden setting.
A lot of modern houses that are minimalist in design have preferred installing pergolas made of fiberglass. This is because the material enhances the look compared to wood. However, most homeowners still prefer wood for its wider range of options due to the different varieties of wood used as material. Almost all manufacturers have both materials available as patio cover kits. Wood offers a more rustic and country look which fits a lot of existing house designs. Its classic take on the popular pergola designs provides more than just nostalgia. Wood still stands its ground as a solid material for even newer pergola architectural designs.
There is also a design distinction between freestanding and attached pergolas. Freestanding pergolas are a little bit more expensive than the latter. This is because freestanding ones require more pillars to support the top beams. The pillars are usually four but with exception on some designs that require only three. Attached pergolas require only two or in some cases even just one pillar to be erected. this is because one side of the beam is already attached to a wall which is usually the one on the side of the patio. It is recommended to do more research when considering of installing one. Search the web and read the blog with the most helpful information.