What Could a Pergola Do for You?
January 1, 2019
Pergolas are a type of gazebo that fit well in gardens or backyard areas that form shaded walkways or sitting areas. Vines are often trained to climb the posts or walls and connect on the overhang, giving some pergolas a whimsical feel. Pergolas may be freestanding or attach to a home or structure. Adding a pergola to your home can do a number of things to improve your leisure space.
Add Charm to Your Back Yard
Depending on the style of pergola that you add, your back yard may appear more modern or more fanciful. Pergolas with clean lines and full retractable or fixed roofs may give the backyard an efficient air, perfect for professionals that often entertain in the back yard. Pergolas with open lattice, tops made of cross beams, and curtains may infuse the back yard with a bit of fantasy that can be great for relaxation or children at play.
Create a More Usable Space
Having a pergola built over a concrete slab patio area or in the open space of a back yard can make the space much more usable. The area will be kept cleaner, so parents can feel better about children playing there and entertaining does not require as much preparation. A pergola also makes a back yard appear more functional and enticing, so families and company may be more inclined to spend time in the back yard. This can increase the perceived value of the back yard area.
Shade Areas from Elements
Whether a pergola has a full top or an open top, furniture and items placed in the pergola are better shaded from the elements than they would be with no top at all. This can help keep patio furniture in good condition and can prolong the life of outdoor toys, games, fixtures, and other items. The area itself, whether a concrete slab or deck, may also be kept protected from the elements. This can keep concrete from cracking and eroding and deck materials from splintering and fading.
Retractable Pergola Benefits
Retractable pergolas give you the option to enjoy the day in the sun or the shade. If the pergola is on the lawn, you can allow the grass and any other plantlife to bask in the sun’s rays on comfortable days, while protecting these items from drying out on hotter days or becoming damaged on stormy days. Retractable pergolas give the back yard more versatility while providing all of the other benefits of pergolas.