Pergola vs. Gazebo
Imagine sitting under a pergola on a hot summer day, or enjoying an early cup of joe in a gazebo. When it comes to outdoor living spaces, both pergolas and gazebo can be a great addition to a deck or patio. But how do you determine which one is best for your lifestyle and back yard?
Gazebos have been around for centuries, functioning as a meeting space or an area of retreat. Today, gazebos still function the same, but are more and more being built on decks, patios, and in gardens at private residences. Although, a typical gazebo is commonly viewed as octagonal, gazebos can be built in a square or rectangle shape. Another common name for this type of structure is a pavilion. Since Gazebos have a completely covered roof, they offer protection from the harsh summer sun and shelter from the elements. Sides of gazebos are often left open either with railings or screened in walls to keep insects out. Gazebos are great for homeowners who want to spend as much time outside regardless of the weather.
What is the Purpose of a Pergola?
Unlike Gazebos, Pergolas are opened air structures with no weather resistant roof. Pergolas main function is to provide afternoon relief from the harsh summer sun. Today, many homeowners are also adding pergolas to their living spaces to function as architectural interest to break up large areas and give a vertical feature to the landscape.
Determining whether a pergola or gazebo is the right fit for your outdoor space can be a difficult task. A few good questions to ask would be:
June 12th, 2018