If you’re looking for a way to create a backyard with functional and visual appeal, a pergola may be the perfect solution. Pergolas can be customized in any size and shape from beautiful natural woods like teak, redwood, and cedar. They’re affordable, easy to install, and provide numerous benefits for your home. Here are some of the great benefits you’ll experience when adding a pergola to your home.
Increases Your Living Space
A pergola, an exterior structure with vertical columns and an open roofing grid, serves as an outdoor room that’s perfect for entertaining or relaxing with family and friends. It’s an open, airy space that provides an inviting atmosphere for outdoor dining, as well as quiet conversations. Pergolas can be a freestanding structure like the one pictured here, or they can extend from your home.
Adds Visual Interest to Your Yard
Building a pergola is a great way to add visual interest and landscaping appeal to your backyard. As a tall architectural element, they add height and definition to your yard and interesting contrast to softer, low-growing shrubs and plants. Their open roof grids and rafters provide the perfect place to string outdoor lighting or hang outdoor lanterns that add a warm, glowing light to your landscape and romantic ambiance to your home.
Creates a Garden Space
A pergola can become a beautiful, outdoor garden space where you can relax with your morning coffee or a favorite novel. Vertical posts and lattice roof grids are perfect for climbing vines like wisteria, clematis, jasmine, honeysuckle and grape ivy that will quickly climb and intertwine themselves around the entire structure. For a veil of overhead greenery, sturdy ceiling rafters are great for hanging pots filled with ferns or colorful flowers.
Increases Outdoor Privacy
If you’re too close to your neighbors or you don’t have a privacy fence, a pergola can provide additional outdoor privacy. By building in the right spot, you can block unsightly views and create a stylish focal point in your yard. This gives you the perfect private setting for outdoor activities and entertaining. You can also add outdoor draperies, screens, or latticework to one or all sides of the structure for additional privacy and noise reduction.
Provides Outdoor Protection
With an overhead canopy of greenery or flowering plants, your outdoor space will be protected from sun, wind and rain, so you can enjoy being outdoors year-round. Whether you build your pergola on the patio, near the house, or in a remote location in the backyard, protection from the elements will make your outdoor experiences safer and more comfortable during the day or evening. Many newer pergolas are being built with a canvas canopy that you can open during the day for sun protection and close at night so you can sit out under the stars.
Adds Value to Your Home
According to real estate studies, an outdoor landscape feature that adds function and beauty can increase your home’s value by as much as 20 percent. Whether you live in a single family home or townhome community, a beautiful outdoor pergola is a distinguishing feature that can set your home apart from others in the neighborhood. If you decide to sell, this feature can make your home an attractive option for potential buyers.