Looking for something to spruce up your outdoors? In this article, we’ll be giving you a little introduction about pergolas and how they can add a villa look and feel to your own backyard.
Made with open rafters and support posts, a pergola is a simple low cost rugged structure that can be constructed attached to your house or as a stand-alone. For weatherproofing purposes, you can ask your contractor to add a roofing of your choice.
Pergolas may have trended recently and have become favorite home remodeling projects today but historical records show that ancient Egyptians constructed pergolas to provide shade in their gardens. Mural evidences in Pompeii, Italy also depict pergolas as part of Italian homes.
Fast forward to today, we have seen more and more home owners build pergolas in their homes either as appendages to the house exteriors or as a garden feature lending a villa-esque feel to one’s backyard.
There’s more to pergola construction than meets the eye. You can either opt for a traditional or open top pergola, a gabled one, arched, a promenade or pitched. The type of pergola will mostly depend on where you plan to build your pergola and for what purpose you want it to serve.
A promenade type is usually constructed for walkways leading to or from a garden while a pitched pergola is the type you’re looking for if you want it as an extension for your home.
As for pergola materials, the most commonly used are wood, stone, vinyl, aluminum or a combination of any of these. If you’re worrying about the longevity of a pergola, fret not for most of the materials you can buy for your pergola are weatherproofed. For more expert opinion, don’t be afraid to ask your pergola builder.