What is a Pergola?

What is a Pergola? Read on to learn more about this outdoor living space option. 

From screened-in porches to outdoor kitchens and fire pits to fireplaces, there are countless ways you can customize your Jacksonville or Ormond Beach outdoor living space. If you want to spruce up your outdoor living space with an attractive yet functional feature, you should consider adding a pergola.

Pergolas have been around for centuries, yet many homeowners today often confuse them with other outdoor features and are left wondering, “what is a pergola?” If you want to learn more about pergolas, here is everything you need to know.

What is a pergola?
A pergola is an outdoor structure constructed of pillars that support a flat grid of cross beams and rafters. The pergola’s unique design provides a beautiful way to add shade to an outdoor space. While a pergola’s roof is often left open to allow for both sunlight and shade, it can be covered. Pergolas are most commonly constructed from wood but can also be made from vinyl, steel, aluminum, fiberglass, and concrete. They can be freestanding within an outdoor space, such as in a garden, or attached to a home, often covering a patio or outdoor kitchen.

How is a pergola different from an arbor or gazebo?
Pergolas often are confused with other outdoor structures, including gazebos and arbors. Unlike pergolas, gazebos are always freestanding structures with closed roofs. They can come in various shapes and are commonly elevated. Arbors, on the other hand, are smaller curved or arched structures that are freestanding (unless attached to a gate or fence).

What are the benefits of a pergola?
Pergolas provide numerous benefits, including:

  • shade for your outdoor living space;
  • a beautiful focal point;
  • extending your living space;
  • adding a layer of privacy;
  • creating a gathering and entertaining spot; and
  • potentially increasing the value of your home.

So, what is a pergola? At CSS Fireplaces & Outdoor Living, we think pergolas are the perfect addition to any outdoor living space. Whether you are looking for a covering for your patio, a seamless structure for your poolside, or an addition to your garden, we design our pergolas to create beautiful and functional outdoor living spaces.

Unlike other companies who build their pergolas with wood alone, we construct them with a steel frame inside the wood to create a solid structure that will last for years. When you choose CSS Fireplaces & Outdoor Living, you can be confident that our team of professionals is taking the necessary care and consideration to ensure that your pergola is sturdy and stunning. View our online gallery for inspiration, and contact us today to learn more about how we can create the perfect pergola for your outdoor living space.

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