A patio is a wonderful outdoor space, usually paved, where you can entertain family and friends, have a great meal, or just sit and relax. Your enjoyment of your outdoor space can be limited, though, without protection from the elements. A pergola can let you enjoy the outdoors while providing you with shade from the sun and shelter from the rain.
Pergolas are structures consisting of vertical posts or pillars that support crossbeams and a roof. The roof is often constructed in a lattice pattern but can come with retractable canopies to block sunlight. The roof can also be solid to support fixtures such as lights and fans. The sides of a pergola are open but can also be equipped with curtains to block the light, provide privacy, or close the area off.
You can separate your patio into a distinct area for seating, cooking, dining.
Not only are pergolas functional, they can also be very decorative. They can be covered in vines or strung with lights for a festive effect. Hanging lanterns or potted plants can give your patio area a unique look to reflect your taste, whether simple and stylish, or sweeping and sophisticated.
Prefab or Custom? Which is Better?
There are prefab pergola kits you can buy. The kits generally contain all the pieces, often already notched, and all the hardware you need. The downside of the kits is that you are very limited as to design. The kits are specific sizes, materials, colors, and general design that may or may not be right for you. As to getting a permit if necessary and assembling the kit including all the tools you’ll need, well, you’re on your own.
With a custom-built pergola, you have a great deal of input as to the design, color, and features of your pergola. You are also assured that the materials used are attractive, durable, and low maintenance and the installers are experienced and skilled. Choose an experienced contractor, one who is very familiar with local building codes and bylaws and who has the skill and expertise to create the perfect pergola, one that you’ll enjoy for years to come.
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