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 beauty. This structure can stand on its own or be attached to a building. While the majority of pergolas are built outdoors, a pergola can actually become an indoor structure as well!
Vinyl vs Wood: Which Pergola Should I Choose?
There are many materials that can be used to build a pergola. At Plastic Lumber Yard, our team has found that vinyl pergolas are the best option on the market. This is because our vinyl pergolas:
- are waterproof and will never rust
- don’t attract wood burrowing insects
- contain UV inhibitors so that color is retained for years without fading
- are aluminum reinforced for extreme strength
- are low-maintenance
When installed correctly, all that your pergola will need is an occasional wash to remove debris.
Each kit comes with everything needed to install the pergola, all that is needed is manpower and tools!
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 shade 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 size, 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. An arbor is most commonly used as a gateway in a fence or border wall.