When designing your outdoor living area, it is just as important to define spaces outside as it is inside your home. A pergola can be a great way to define either an outdoor living or dining space, as well as add that extra "wow" to your home. Pergolas are the foundation for your outdoor room and can be that one piece that pulls everything together.
What is a pergola? Many people confuse a pergola with a gazebo or arbor. While they all share similar qualities and can function in many of the same ways, there is a difference. Gazebos are often round or octagonal shaped with a turret for the top. They are generally free standing and have a solid roof.
An arbor is most like a pergola in that it provides shade and can be used for walkways. Arbors also often have open lattice where flowers and plants can grow during the warmer months.
A pergola can be attached to a home or used as a freestanding structure with open sides and a semi-covered or shaded roof. Pergolas allow light, sun, and breeze to pass through, and are great for sitting areas to relax outdoors. Adding a fire pit, fireplace, grill, or outdoor kitchen to a pergola is great for every season, and can extend the use and functionality of your backyard space. The Outdoor GreatRoom Company offers both wood pergolas and fiberglass pergolas to help get your vision started.