There’s nothing better than relaxing with a good book under a gazebo or hanging out with friends under a pergola. Although these structures are similar, understanding the details which make them different is important to deciding which structure is better for a particular home.
Gazebos are traditionally oval, octagonal, or hexagonal. Their prominent feature is their open, wall-less sides and cone-shaped roof. Although there are normally seats or railing around the perimeter of the structure, it is not completely enclosed unless you add an optional screen kit. Gazebos can also vary in size from only a few feet to a space that is big enough to host bands or parties.
Pergolas, also known as arbors, are made of pillars or posts topped with crossbeams and are generally square or rectangular. They are normally constructed from wood or vinyl, and feature an open lattice, which is commonly used to grow vines or other climbing plants. Unlike gazebos, pergolas do not traditionally provide shelter from inclement weather since they do not have complete roofs.
Choosing the Right Structure
There are many features of pergolas and gazebos that should be considered when deciding on which to build. Many who opt for gazebos do so because they offer seating and complete coverage, allowing one to enjoy the outdoors, even in hot or rainy weather. However, some people prefer the open nature of a pergola, which allows the sun to shine through or garden vines to thrive. In addition, where the homeowner wants to put the structure in their yard will impact whether a gazebo or pergola is more appropriate. For example, if an expansive deck already exists, then a pergola could be added to create a semi-shaded spot for a picnic table as an alternative to a traditional table and umbrella. Also, if the backyard has many flowering plants that need ample sunlight to thrive, then the gazebo should be placed in an area that doesn’t prevent them from receiving that vital sunlight.
Determining whether you’d prefer an open roof or total coverage is the first step of deciding whether a gazebo or pergola is right for your home. The next step is contacting a trusted woodworking company about construction! If you’re interested in beginning the process or learning about our financing options, give Grey’s Woodworks a call at (845) 985-7006 or contact us online today!