If you’re looking for a way to make your deck or patio look even more stylish (via adding coverage to your seating areas, dining tables, grills, and hot tubs), adding an attractive, elegant, and highly functional pergola (formerly known as a “patio roof”) is a terrific way to go.
An architectural structure that consists of a frame with columns to support beams, rafters, and stringers, the pergola differs from the gazebo, which is usually freestanding with a pitched roof, in that it tends to have an open, airy construction as well as a flat roof. It can be installed via freestanding, wall mounting, or anchoring, and makes for an ideal home outside the home oasis of shade where you can entertain friends and families or simply enjoy a nice, relaxing afternoon lounging session.
As it pertains to variety, the pergola offering these days has it in numbers.
There are classic, traditional rustic wood pergolas, sleek, modern-looking aluminum pergolas, minimalist steel pergolas, long-living fiberglass pergolas, moisture-resistant cellular PVC pergolas, maintenance-free vinyl pergolas, and more.
There are completely DIY pergolas (see pergola kits, which are ready to assemble straight out of the box), pergolas with differing levels of roof covering, pergolas that can really be enhanced with the right plants, and more.
The bottom line is that there is a plethora of charming pergolas out there available in various styles, materials, price points, with a wide array of installation/maintenance requirements, just waiting to meet your personal needs and requirements. In other words, if you’re looking for increased shelter from rain, wind, and sun, all while extending the amount of your home outside the home living space, you should absolutely read on.
Outdoor living spaces have never been hotter, so consider increasing your home’s value with one of the following stellar pergolas…
THE CEDAR PERGOLA FROM BACKYARD DISCOVERY
This precut, ready-to-assemble 10 ft. x 14 ft. stained pergola (all in all, it provides great coverage – 63 sq. feet of inside space and over 120 square ft. of overhead shade), with its remarkably sturdy frame, is one of the best on the market. With a size that allows it to fit in most backyards, it has resin feet and concrete anchors on its posts so that it stays stable, safe, and secure while resisting weather, decay, and insects. This pergola even comes with an app, BILT, which allows for simple assembly.
If you don’t mind getting your pergola restained or resealed every other year or so, get yours HERE.
THE OUTDOOR RETRACTABLE PERGOLA FROM PURPLE LEAF
At 10 ft. X 12 ft., this stylish, affordable, ambiance-boosting pergola, constructed from a durable and rust-resistant aluminum (which is powder coated for durability) frame, has a retractable, water and UV-resistant polyester canopy with a locking system that gives you flexibility when it comes to whether you’d like shade or sunlight.
Get yours HERE.
THE ALUMINUM PERGOLA FROM EROMMY
Perfect for being placed over a dining area, this 10 ft. x 13 ft. brush aluminum constructed pergola had a double hardtop roof that blocks rain and UV rays even as it lets sunlight through! Another plus? It comes with net-like curtain that hangs on each side or wraps around each of its poles in order to fend off any sort of unwanted weather.
Get yours HERE.
THE AURORA BACKYARD PERGOLA FROM COOLAROO
An elegant albeit simple weatherproof pergola, this easy-to-assemble one is just terrific for smaller outdoor spaces given its 9’8” x 9’8” measurements. Able to provide cool, weather resistant shade and uv blockage with its retractable, breathable, light-filtering canopy as well as rust-resistance with its study frame, the Aurora Backyard Pergola is easy to maintain (just use a mild hand wash), and it will not rot, crack or fade. Best of all, it comes with a 5-year warranty should any UV damage incur.
Get yours HERE.
THE SOLID WOOD PERGOLA FROM YARDCRAFT
This unstained, solid 12 ft. x 10 ft. wood pergola is crafted from solid pine. With its fine attention to detail, curved post supports, and decorative post skirts, its perfect for your current wood deck.
Get yours with a curved roof right HERE.
THE ASHLAND CEDAR PERGOLA FROM BACKYARD DISCOVERY
If you’re looking for functionality when it comes to entertaining, look no further than the easy-to-assemble, contemporary-looking Ashland Pergola from Backyard Discovery.
Constructed from sturdy cedar with incredible features like a durable resin foot (to help prevent rot), 120-volt electrical outlets, a built-in 7 ft. serving bar for food and drink, a multi-level roof trellis, concrete anchors (to help it stay in place), and a classic archway design, this gem has a 14 ft. x 10 ft. upper shade structure that provides over 140 square ft. of overhead shade to the 77 square ft. of usable space underneath it.
Did we mention that the 8 ft. interior height offers plenty of room for hanging lights?
This pergola has it all. Get yours HERE.