Extend the Enjoyment of Your Home with a New Pergola
Are you thinking that your family could benefit from the comfort and enjoyment of a pergola? Perhaps, you’d like to add visual interest to your landscaping. Although seemingly simple, pergolas provide a foundation for more elaborate landscaping features.
Or, you wish for a serene spot to cool off in the warmer months. Pergolas provide much-needed shade in a sunny spot in your yard. Moreover, they define outdoor space and add value to your home. Presently, backyard pergolas are extremely popular and trendy leading Houzz to declare The Year of the Pergola.
Benefits of a Pergola
Pergolas are open structures designed to allow air to circulate freely. Although airy, pergolas provide some protection from weather elements. For instance, the side of your home often serves as a windbreak for your attached pergola. Similarly, you’ll have some much-needed shade. Plus, depending on the roofing design, pergolas also provide some shelter from the rain.
Moreover, accessories like curtains or adjustable louvered roofs provide even more protection from the weather. Likewise, including other accessories like hanging plants or lights makes your outdoor space more enjoyable.
Types of Pergolas
Notably, the most popular type is a wooden, rectangular shape with a flat latticework of rafters for a roof. However, modern styles can incorporate curving lines, innovative roofing styles, and contemporary materials. Moreover, in addition to using traditional wood, contractors can build pergolas from metal, vinyl, and fiberglass.
Traditionally, wood has been the material of choice for many pergola builders. Wood offers a natural yet elegant look. A cost-effective choice, you can also stain or paint your structure in a variety of colors. Thus, your pergola can blend in or make a dramatic statement.
If you want a more maintenance-free option, consider a metal pergola. Available in either steel or aluminum, metal is stronger and more durable than wood. You’ll never have to worry about cracking, splintering, or warping with a metal pergola.
Another low-maintenance choice is vinyl. Rot, insect, and mold resistant, vinyl requires very little upkeep. Plus, some manufacturers construct vinyl pergolas with a metal interior for improved durability and strength.
Ultimately, the material offering the greatest strength, durability, and lowest maintenance requirements is fiberglass. Although the most expensive material choice, fiberglass won’t rust or corrode. Moreover, its strength allows for longer spans.
Structurally Speaking is available to homeowners in Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Chapel Hill, Wake Forest, Apex, Hillsborough, Carrboro, Holly Springs, Garner, and other surrounding areas. Contact our specialists to begin building your perfect pergola today!