Pick up any home and garden magazine and you will notice the pages are filled with images of pergolas. Pergolas serve many aesthetic and functional duties and come in a plethora of styles, sizes and materials. We have watched the popularity of the pergola grow over the past few years to epic proportions. Whether used alone in the landscape or garden, as a shade structure, or used in conjunction with another outdoor living structure, the pergola has become a timeless backyard fixture in its own right.
The pergola’s popularity is nothing new. The origins of the pergola trace all the way back to the 1654 when it was borrowed from the Italian word, pergula, meaning a projected eave. Of course, the Italians were believed to have used the pergola for growing grapes and other climbing vegetation. Since the pergola’s vertical design allows vegetation to grow upward, it allows for better use of space. The modern pergola has moved out of the vineyards and into the backyard as an elemental design piece that is not only beautiful but also multi-functional.
Pergolas can be used to add depth and help define a deck or patio, placed within the landscape with seating or even a swing to create a special spot to read or just relax. Pergolas also allow design freedom within an outdoor space through the use of materials you can utilize for your design. This will help you create an eclectic space that is a true one-of-kind original.
Here at Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio, we design and build pergolas to accommodate various needs of our clients. Aside from the obvious appeal they add to your home and landscape, shade is one of the biggest reason homeowners build pergolas. Pergolas do deliver a measure of shade to a sunny outdoor space. The amount of shade pergolas can provide is dependent on the construction details of the pergola itself. A pergola that is built with wider rafters or cross beams that are placed closer together will provide more shade than one built with these elements spanning farther apart. However, all shade factors are influenced by the intended placement of your pergola in correlation to the direction and amount of sunlight your location receives. Keep in mind this can change with the seasons as well.
In addition to designing the pergola to deliver the most shade benefits, homeowners can also add shade canopies, awnings or curtains to their pergola to receive even more protection from the sun. Many of these options look quite nice and are designed with an extra measure to help block the dangerous UVA and UVB rays from the sun.
Here is a glimpse into some of the shade amendments we use to maximize the pergola’s shade benefits…
- ShadeFX pergola canopies – These are retractable pergola canopies that protect you from both sun and rain. This innovative product will protect not only you and your family from the ravages of the sun, but will add years onto your outdoor living furnishings. They also look as pretty in the winter as in the summer, a huge plus with homeowners who want to keep their outdoor living space looking its best year-round.
ShadeTree pergola canopies -These are the romantic, “billowy” canopies that many homeowners ask for by name! These elegant canopies can be removed and stored seasonally by just loosening the top lock brackets and roller locks, and then each canopy can be quickly rolled out of the tracks. The tracks can remain up. They can also be made to cover an area the width needed by simply adding additional canopy sections or by custom ordering. Rain easily runs off the sides of the extended canopies. If water collects suddenly in a heavy rain, the weight of the standing water activates a “release mechanism” so the rain can run off the sides to eliminate the water build-up.
- Mosquito curtains – Mosquito curtains can be installed onto your pergola via a track system. These curtains look great and offer protection from nagging and dangerous mosquitoes, as well as sunscreen protection. Homeowners can customize the look of their pergola with a wide variety of options to fit any style, or taste.
Clearly, the many ways a pergola can serve homeowners in their backyards is endless. Pergolas can be a cost-effective way to add character, style and function to your backyard, and serve as a unique shade structure. Contact Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio today to learn more about our elegant pergola designs.
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