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Pergola or Patio, What’s the difference?


“Traditional pergola design harks back to grand masonry pergolas of the Italian Renaissance,” explains landscaping expert David Beaulieu, “but the term, ‘pergola’ is used more loosely now, and includes wooden and synthetic structures.” The word “patio” is a Spanish word that originally referred to a roofless courtyard, forecourt or yard. Over time, the word was adopted to English and used to describe a gathering area at the back of the house just outside the back door.

If a pergola is attached to the house and has a roof, what’s the difference between a pergola or patio? It’s a good question. The difference usually lies in aesthetics and purpose. A patio has come to be seen as an extension of the home. A pergola, on the other hand, is most often designed to be an integral part of the garden. Increasing in popularity as homeowners seek new ways to enjoy their yards and add value to their homes, a pergola or patio combined with decking can be just what you need.

Here are four reasons why you should consider adding a pergola or patio:

  1. A pergola or patio adds to your home’s living space.
    Because it’s a permanent structure, adding a pergola or patio is like adding a new room. And who couldn’t use more living space, especially one with all the benefits of an inside living area and an outdoor one? By pairing a pergola or patio with decking, you can convert unused yard space into an outside bonus room.
  2. A pergola or patio increases the value of your home.
    Because pergolas or patios provide architecturally beautiful focal points for entryways or gardens, they add to the overall presentation and value of your home. The structure also increases the overall size of your home’s living space, giving your property an edge over similar homes.
  3. A pergola or patio invites recreation.
    From the bustling family cookout to the quiet weekend breakfast, a shaded pergola or patio encourages people to slow down and stay awhile. A combination project that includes no maintenance decking can create a room that is open to the light and air, yet still intimate. Gathering outdoors allows a break from the ordinary gathering around the dining room table. From a cosy deck chair you can look out at the sky, the trees, and the yard with no windows between you and the beautiful outdoors.
  4. A pergola or patio bridges the gap between indoors and outdoors.
    Pergolas or patios are open to the air but also shaded, providing protection from the sun while still allowing you to enjoy the light and air. If you want full shade, you can add a retractable awning or plant flowering or fruited vines to climb the structure. Popular vegetative covers include sweet-smelling jasmine or wisteria, or grape or passion fruit. Adding potted plants or container gardens further adds to the outdoor ambiance. Today’s pergolas and patios often have metal, thatch, polycarbonate or other types of roofs.
Pergola or Patio, What’s the difference?

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If you’d like to enhance your home’s livability, functionality, value, and beauty, consider adding a pergola or patio shelter. We at NexGEN Decking specialize in installing maintenance-free structures designed with your family in mind. Contact us for more information.

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