Pergolas are used to create a shaded area or to provide a framework for climbing plants on a patio or in the garden. From pop-up and freestanding pergolas to lean-to and bioclimatic models, there are lots of options to choose from. The main characteristics to bear in mind when making your choice are dimensions, structure materials and roof type. If you're looking for a small outdoor shelter a gazebo will be your best option. Pergolas fulfil a primarily decorative role in the garden. But they can also provide shade for a garden lounge set, a walkway or a chill-out zone.
Pergolas all differ in terms of their structure material.
- Wood provides a natural and warm look. A range of species is available, including pressure-treated pine, acacia or exotic woods. In order to stand up to the elements, the wood used to make the pergola must be naturally rot-proof or else it must be pressure- or heat-treated. Timber pergolas need to be anchored to a solid concrete foundation.
- Wrought iron can add an elegant touch to your outdoor space. These models must be anchored to both a wall and the ground.
- Aluminium is renowned for its light weight, moisture resistance and durability.
- Powder-coated steel has the advantage of being lightweight and corrosion-resistant, although you will have to take care to avoid scratches. Steel can add a contemporary edge to the structure and your garden décor as a whole.
Pergolas should be chosen according to the style you're after.
- A square or rectangular wooden pergola surrounded by exotic plants and bamboo is a perfect fit for a Japanese-inspired garden.
- A square or rectangular pergola made of aluminium or stainless steel can add a modern twist to your outdoor space, especially when topped with a removable canvas roof in bright tones.
- For classic, English country garden style choose a round or hexagonal pergola made of wrought iron. Don't forget a pergola can also be covered with climbing plants.
In fact, various decorative items can be used to showcase a pergola.
- Plants and flowers provide colour and life.
- A pergola can be fitted with furniture, such as a garden dining set, for additional comfort and to transform your structure into an outdoor living space.
- Lanterns, candles or LED lamps are decorative items that also work to light up the pergola.
The primary purpose of a pergola is to give character to the space surrounding your home. With this in mind, your choice of pergola will ultimately depend on the look you're hoping to create.