What is the difference between a gazebo and a pergola?
There is one main difference between a gazebo and a pergola: the roof. When it comes to the roof, pergolas have a partial roof that is created by interlocking beams that form a horizontal lattice. Gazebos have a continuous roof. With a pergola, you will be exposed to more sunlight and not protected from the rain. If you want total protection from the elements, then you'll want the full roof found on a gazebo.
Can you tell me how to find the right size pergola for my space?
To find the right size pergola for your space, the first thing you'll want to consider is how many people you want to seat within it. For example, if you plan on having six people under the structure at one time, then a 16" x 12" pergola will be able to fulfill your needs. For fewer people, you can go with a smaller structure, and for more, you'll need a larger pergola.
Another thing you'll need to consider is how much space you have available in your yard. Make sure to measure the area to help you determine what size pergola you need.
What is the best material for a pergola?
This is a good question to ask, but there isn't a definitive answer. Basically, it comes down to personal preference. If you're looking for a pergola that has a warm, traditional aesthetic, then you'll want to consider getting a cedar pergola. Should you be looking for a pergola that is virtually maintenance-free and modern in style, then a steel pergola will help you achieve your goals.
Why are wind ratings and certifications important?
Getting a pergola that has been certified to withstand certain wind speeds gives you peace of mind knowing that you're buying a quality product. You want to know that the structure you are placing in your yard isn't going to topple over in a storm and cause severe damage to your property. Even if you don't live in an area that sees heavy winds, you'll still rest assured knowing that your pergola has what it takes to withstand harsh wind conditions.
What is the best roof for a pergola?
Typically, pergolas come with a partial roof that is created by interlocking beams that form a horizontal lattice. You are exposed to the sun and the elements. If you want more protection, you have the option of adding a removable shade canopy. This will block out the sun and give you some protection against rain. You'll have to determine how much protection you want or need when it comes to spending time outside in your yard under your pergola.