What is a pergola?
The term pergola stems from the Latin word “pergula” which translates to projecting eave. A pergola is a large structure bound to capture people’s attention due to its size and appeal. They tend to come in a variety of designs and colors. It is usually up to the owner to decide what outlook they prefer. This outdoor structure can stand on its own or be attached to the house. The roofs of a typical pergola such as the one that can easily be set up with this 12’ X16’ Vinyl Pergola Kit can be covered or open depending on preference and weather conditions.
Build a DIY Pergola Cover
You can easily fasten canvas and other fabric on top of your pergola to prevent sunlight or rain from sipping through. These fabrics can be fitted as one piece or as multiple strips. The one piece covering is advantageous in geographies that do not receive a lot of rain, since there is less chance of rainwater clogging the fabric causing it to cave in. Using multiple strips also appears as more stylish.
Retractable pergola covers are also a great DIY idea as the ability to retract the shade cover allows for the enjoyment of the sun when it is pleasant and not overly hot. The canopy can simply be extended to provide full shade when the sun gets too hot.
What is the difference between a pergola and an arbor?
Although often used interchangeably, pergolas and arbors do bear some significant differences.
While both happen to be outdoor structures, the two are different in both size and design. Pergolas are generally larger in size with a flat rooftop design, while arbors are smaller in size with curved rooftops.
Due to their sizes, pergolas often provide protection over large outdoor areas such as swimming pools, lounging areas, patios, outdoor eating areas, garages, hot tubs, play areas, outdoor workshops, etc.