Pergolas have been around for thousands for years, but for many people, they actually don’t know what a pergola is, what it is used for, and why it is so popular. As dedicated professionals in the landscaping design world, we know all about pergolas, and this time, we’ve decided to provide our clients with the most vital information.
Firstly, what is a pergola? You might have heard the terms, arbor, gazebo or lattice before, but a pergola is different from the lot.
In its basic element, it’s an outdoor structure consisting of pillars that support a grid of cross beams, that can be completely left open or covered to provide shelter (the photos below highlight what a pergola should look like).
The idea and the use for a pergola is provide a walkway, a passageway or a comfortable outdoor sitting area for everyone to enjoy. Ideally, you can create a pergola to sit back and read a book on a cool summer’s night or use it as walkway entrance to your lovely garden. The unlimited creativity of pergolas means it is down to you on how you want to use it.
A pergola can be installed anywhere on your property: either attached to your house, pool house and so forth, or it can be left standing on its own, in your garden, yard, patio; anywhere on your property.
Now, pergolas come in wide range of sizes and shape. Sizes usually depends on the space your property has available, and also, how large you want it. A professional landscaper can give you useful and insightful advice on how to tackle the size of your pergola.
Commonly, pergolas usually come in a rectangular shape, but modern day flexibility means that any shape you are after can be created. Other popular shapes include circles, squares, hexagons and octagons.
Additionally pergolas can be made with a host of different materials, including timber, cedar, metal, steel, vinyl and aluminium. The roofing on top of the pergola can be made with far larger materials options including Colorbond, shade cloth, thatch and even plants if that is the style you are after.
Most pergolas have some form of shade, through canopies, which can come in different colours, styles and materials.
Now the construction of a pergola is not easy. In most cases, individuals contact professional landscapers to construct the project for them. It requires hefty preparation (such as understanding the site, including drainage, the reactive soil and surrounding gardens and buildings), a steady hand and the expertise to handle unexpected problems, including ensuring stability of the pergola.
Furthermore, most people that commence a DIY pergola end up causing more problems, forcing landscapers to fix them, and costing them more money.
There you go, a breakdown of the pergola: one of the most gorgeous and lovely outdoor landscaping features in the world.