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When looking for different ways to spruce up your backyard, you’ll come across pergolas as one of your many options. Pergolas are a great way to add additional function and break up your yard, without being cumbersome. Pergolas, pavilions, and gazebos are all within the same family of product, so it can be hard to figure out what is best for you. Let’s take a deeper look into what pergolas are.

12x16 Vinyl Pergola by Kloter Farms

What are Pergolas?

Pergolas are square, wooden or vinyl structures, made of columns that support an open top made of rafters. Pergolas are a great way to add definition to your backyard without closing it in. While a pavilion will offer completely covered protection, a pergola will only break up the sunlight coming through. So, what is the point of a pergola?

Pine Pergola

Vinyl Pergola

What is the Purpose of a Pergola?

The purpose of a pergola really is to protect the homeowner. Often pergolas are used to provide shade to outdoor living spaces such as patio furniture, hot tubs, and outdoor grills. Pergolas provide just the right amount of shade, while still letting in all of the other elements. The open rafters which make up the top of a pergola are great for hanging outdoor lighting and hanging plants that need an escape from the sun.

Pergolas vs. Gazebos vs. Pavilions

Pergolas, gazebos, and pavilions are all very similar. A pergola is going to be your most versatile option. The open top can easily be more covered up by using a shaded canopy that glides back and forth effortlessly across a track system attached to your pergola. Additionally, mechanical pergolas can be another option, which allows for the motorized louvers to move back and forth for easy sunlight/shade adjustment.

Mechanical Ultimate Louvered Pergola by Kloter Farms

Pavilions are most similar to a pergola but have a fully closed top. Same square or rectangular shape, but with a solid top piece. This can be great if you have an area of your yard that you want completely shaded from the elements above, but are okay having four wide open sides. If you are planning on designing an outdoor kitchen or bar area, a pavilion might be a great choice for you.

Kloter Farms 12 x 16 Vinyl Pavilion

12 x 16 Vinyl Pavilion

Kloter Farms Imperial Classic Gazebo

Imperial Classic Gazebo

Lastly, what is the difference between a pergola and a gazebo? Gazebos are rounder, usually having 8-10 sides and optionally have screens on all exterior walls. Gazebos are a great eye-catching piece in a backyard and can create an interesting focal point for your home. These beautiful structures look great with added flowerboxes and cupola topper.

Types of Pergolas

When determining for yourself, what is purpose of pergola, it is important to consider what you’d like to use it for, and what your design style is. Each style will essentially provide the same benefits of protection from the sun, however each style has a much different look. When choosing a pergola, look at your existing outdoor accessories and think about which style would fit best.

Wooden/pine pergolas add a rustic touch, which is ideal if you’re trying to keep your yard looking outdoorsy and less modern. Pine pergolas can have an added pine lattice top for a cozier look and feel. All that’s missing is an outdoor fireplace and some fairy lights!

Vinyl pergolas offer up a neater, clean, and sophisticated look. Vinyl pergolas with decorative trim and maintenance free tops and posts make for a simple, hassle free, crisp backyard structure.

Benefits of Pergolas and Where They Can Go

The most important answer to the question: “what is the purpose of pergola”?: fun!  Pergolas break up the space in your backyard and created a designated zone for relaxation. Patio furniture fits nicely under pergolas, as well as hot tubs, fire pits, backyard décor, and grills. Pergolas are great because they add value to your home, while still allowing for plenty of space for you to enjoy your backyard.

Many people also use pergolas to create a poolside lounge area. These structures hide just enough of the sun without completely covering it, making them an outdoor essential. If you’d like to add a hint of more exclusivity to your space, consider adding a privacy wall to your pergola for extra seclusion from the rest of the yard.

Upgrade Your Yard with a Kloter Farms Pergola

Pergolas come in all shapes and sizes. We know that the choice can be difficult and finding the perfect fit for your home can be a challenge. Our display park at Kloter Farms is open six days a week, and our knowledgeable sales staff are ready in person or over the phone to assist with any questions that you may have. Call, shop online, or come visit our sixteen-acre display park in Ellington, CT to see our selection of pergolas and bring home great ideas.

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