It is a common misconception to mistake pergolas for arbors, the difference isn’t too much, but pergolas are basically found in gardens, yards or sometimes parks with an archway. The framework is made up of upright pillars or posts supported by horizontal cross beams and comes with an open lattice ceiling.
The beauty of a garden lies in the serenity and peace it emanates, and the ability of its users to relax in it, have a quiet time or enjoy the environment. Timber is best used for building pergolas due to the various benefits that can be derived from it.
When timber is used to build pergolas, it provides a space that’s inviting for people to enjoy, relax or dine thanks to the fact that it has no walls surrounding it and it’s well aerated. In the same vein, a garden with timber decking, coupled with timber verandahs is quite impossible to resist. Not only does it provide an extra space outside the four walls of the house to relax in, children can comfortably play in such an environment without risk of harm thanks to the nature of the materials used to build them.
The safety of this structures are well assured as timber has been certified to have a better structural integrity when compared to steel in a fire. This matters because should an unfortunate incident of fire occur while relaxing in the garden, structures like the timber decking, timber pergolas, verandahs made with timber, horse shelters etc. will remain stable for the required time to get the occupants of the building to safety. Timber is so good that it could be used for carport construction in the home if you want an alternative to a closed garage.
Timber pergolas in itself is not just a beauty to behold, it also enhances the environment and plant life. The open lattice and posts are very good for climbing plants, the curved arches at the top gives it is significant architectural and sculptural look arousing the visual curiosity in a backyard that would have otherwise looked bland. Coupled with the climbing plants, the atmosphere within a pergola is considerably cool during the summer. It is important to note that people sometimes mistake the term arbor for pergola, they are both different things but are sometimes used interchangeably.
Some of the climbing plants that pergolas support are ivy, vines, wisteria, grapevines, clematis and other climbing flowers. At your own prerogative, on the beams you can decide to hang planters. All these creates a new dimension to your home by adding a vertical interest to your landscape. According to research, these plants require little or no help to climb across the beams of the pergola, some like roses and wisteria may require more effort compared to others, but before selecting the plant you’d wish to use for your pergola, it is important to carry out a thorough research.
To an untrained eye, a pergola may look like an unfinished structure, but they provide adequate shade to its occupants, this is determined by the spacing between the beams. The pergola itself does not provide a completely shaded area, this has its own advantages and disadvantages. At night this shade allows you to see the sky but during the day, sun rays can penetrate through it. If you wish to have your pergola fully shaded during the day, simply cover the beams with a cloth.