Gazebos and Pergolas
Gazebos and Pergolas
If you are looking to spice up your outdoor space you may want to consider building a gazebo or pergola. Both will give you extra space for lounging or entertaining, and both will add value to your home. There are some differences between gazebos and pergolas that you may want to consider while making your choice.
Gazebos have been around for a long time, centuries as a matter of fact, and commonly found in parks or public gardens as well as backyards. They can vary in size from small to very large, and can serve many functions from a resting spot for two, to serving as a bandstand. For a backyard application you will most likely require a smaller gazebo, though the size of your family, and how much entertaining you do may play a part in how big you decide to go. The same holds true for a pergola. Size is a matter of personal preference and may be determined by your needs and limitations.
When looking at the differences between these two there are three main areas that separate pergolas from gazebos:
Gazebos and Pergolas – FLOORING
A gazebo typically has a floor, and may even be raised off the ground requiring stairs. The flooring material would usually be wood, which could be painted or stained.
A pergola has no floor, and its columns or supporting structure is made to be a part of whatever the ground cover may be.
Gazebos and Pergolas – ROOFING
A gazebo has a roof, complete with shingles and as the typical shape of a gazebo is round or octagonal, the roof is uniquely shaped as well. Gazebos provide full protection from that which is above, whether it be raining, sunny or snowing.
A pergola has an open airy roof with crisscrossing beams or parallel beams which provide minimal shade and almost no protection from the elements. While training vines to grow across the roof will help some, it is not the function of a pergola to provide shelter.
Gazebos and Pergolas – DECORATION
A gazebo can be quite an ornate structure, though it may be quite plain as well. There is often a detailed railing running around, and built in bench seating inside. There may be some fancy millwork around the top as well.
A gazebo can be made to be ornate as well, but the usual designs are simpler, with a series of beams running horizontally and vertically.
Either a gazebo or pergola will enhance your yard or patio and bring you years of pleasure.