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Maximize Your Outdoor Experience With Pergolas & Gazebos
Garden pergolas are a wonderful addition to the backyard. They are essential for an outdoor lifestyle. They provide a sheltered area or a shaded walkway over a patio or a deck. Garden pergolas may be used as an extension of the house or they can be freestanding structures. Standalone garden pergolas allow in breeze and sunlight but offer protection from the heat of direct sunlight.
Wooden Gazebos are either freestanding or attached to the wall of the garden. They are roofed but open on all sides. They offer shelter from rain and shade from the sun. They also double up as an ornamental feature of the backyard. Movable gazebos can be easily moved about. For example, they can be placed in the driveway to provide shelter for cars in the summer.
Pergolas vs Gazebo
Garden pergolas have a rectangular shape while wooden gazebos are usually round or octagonal in shape. Gazebos are better when it comes to providing shade from the sun. They are also better at keeping the rain at bay when you want to enjoy the rain without getting wet. While garden pergolas are open on all sides, wooden gazebos can be screened in to protect against mosquitoes in the evening. Wooden gazebos block the sun completely because of their dome-shaped roof while garden pergolas allow some sunlight through the slatted roof.
What Are The Different Types of Pergolas?
Just like most garden structures, garden pergolas have also evolved to stay in touch with modern times. Modern pergolas can have a combination of different styles to cater to everyone’s tastes. Modern pergolas can have a retractable roof giving you the amount of sunlight you desire.
Translucent curtains can be added to modern pergolas for privacy without compromising access to sunlight. Remote-controlled motorized louvers are also an option for modern pergolas. Whether you want to relax outdoors or host friends, modern pergolas can be equipped with light fixtures to enjoy the outdoors on a summer night.
Wooden pergola with roof
A wooden pergola with a roof is made of either cedar or redwood, adding a natural look to your outdoor space. A wooden pergola with the roof can either be stained or painted. But, just like any other wooden structure, it requires regular maintenance.
Aluminum pergolas are light and customizable. It doesn’t require regular maintenance like a wooden pergola. It doesn’t rust or rot when applied with a layer of aluminum oxide.
Fiberglass pergolas are lightweight and exceptionally strong. Owing to fiberglass strength, these pergolas have a more open structure as they don’t require too many columns to support the roof. They don’t require regular maintenance.
Vinyl pergolas are the most economical ones. They are durable and look as good as any other pergolas. They can resist the effect of the elements and require little maintenance.
Concrete pergolas are strong and durable. They provide exceptional aesthetic beauty to your property. They require little maintenance. Any cracks or chips can be easily covered by adding and blending concrete mixture into the damaged area.
How Much Does An Outdoor Pergola Cost?
Design, material, and size are the main elements that decide the cost of a pergola. A Retractable roof also adds to the cost.
Vinyl pergola kits start upwards of $600 for small pergolas and go up to $5000 for bigger ones.
Wooden pergolas are more expensive. The average cost of a regular wooden pergola is $3000. Solid Cedar or Redwood pergolas can cost in excess of $15,000.
Aluminum pergolas start north of $600 for smaller ones and go up to $7500 for larger ones.
What Are The Best Gazebos To Buy?
When installing a gazebo, take into account factors like available space, climate conditions, and budget. Wooden gazebos are very popular and beautiful structures. But, they are expensive to install and cumbersome to maintain. They are good for inland climates, away from lake or river moisture.
Aluminum gazebos are versatile and lightweight. They are rust-free and cheaper than wooden gazebos. They require little maintenance. They are durable and can withstand the elements of nature.
Vinyl gazebos are the most economical ones. They are easy to maintain and can replicate the look of wooden gazebos. They are durable and can also withstand the elements of nature.