Pleasant weather brings everyone outdoors. Is your deck or patio as inviting as you’d like it to be? If you are looking for a unique and affordable way to add distinctive style to your outdoor space, consider the pergola. Also known as a patio trellis, a pergola is a simple architectural feature that can dramatically enhance the beauty of your backyard, while also providing functional benefits.

 

What is a pergola? 

A pergola is an outdoor structure that may be freestanding or attached to a home or building. It consists of an open lattice grid of cross beams and rafters supported by columns and does not have any walls. Pergolas can be found gracing patios, decks, gardens, and parks and are often adorned by climbing plants and flowers.  Pergolas are commonly constructed of cedar, redwood, and mahogany wood, as well as durable vinyl and PVC.

 

While pergolas are undeniably visually appealing, they have many other advantages besides aesthetics:

 

Do Pergolas Provide Shade?

A pergola can make your outdoor space more comfortable. It allows light in, while also providing some shade. Enjoy a view of the sky without having direct sunlight beating down on you and your guests.

If you would like a more fully shaded area, you can add an all-weather fabric shade cover or canopy to the top of the pergola. For additional protection from the sun, wind and other weather elements – and to give your pergola a very romantic feel – fabric can also be installed between the vertical posts.

 

Extend your garden

Pergolas are designed to be beautiful on their own but are especially pretty when used as a trellis for hanging plants and climbing vines and flowers. Some of the most popular vines grown on pergolas include clematis, trumpet vine, climbing roses, ivy, honeysuckle and wisteria. Once the vines fill in and cover the top of the pergola, you’ll have a stunning natural canopy of shade, creating a lovely, peaceful oasis right in your own backyard.

 

Define space

Similar to pavers or a deck, a pergola can define your outdoor living space. A pergola is an open, airy and attractive solution for establishing an entertainment or dining area.

 

Add value

A well-built, well-maintained pergola can make your home more visually appealing, which can help increase the value of your home.

Riverhead Building Supply is an authorized dealer of INTEX Vinyl & PVC Pergola Systems and uses INTEX Millwork Solutions Pergola Systems for all custom pergola and patio trellis projects. These durable high-quality materials are virtually maintenance free and will last for years. We also have the lumber supplies and fasteners you need to build all types of wood pergolas.  Contact our team today to find out how easy it is to add the perfect pergola to your home’s outdoor living area.

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