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Pergolas, Unique Focal Points and Protective Screens

A pergola is a garden feature forming a shaded walk or passageway of pillars that support cross beams and a sturdy open lattice, upon which woody vines are trained. These structures were used in ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Very common during the Renaissance of Italy and Europe, pergolas will enhance the Mediterranean or Old World Style of your home landscape. Because of their versitiliy, though, they go well with any style or design.

Fall is the perfect time to consider outdoor architectural upgrades. In the spring, the structure will already be in place, ready for you and your family to enjoy with plants growing and flowers blooming all around.

The most popular material for a wooden pergola is Western Red Cedar. It is stable, resilient, and durable without any of the dangers of chemical treatments. It looks beautiful and is highly prized for its natural compounds that resist rot and mildew.

Pergolas also come in vinyl.

Pergolas are commonly attached to a house and are often referred to as arbors. Like an arbor, a pergola can support vines or climbing plants like roses. And like an arbor, a pergola can filter light with its latticed canopy design, making it popular as a covered or open-roofed gateway to a home, pathway, or garden landscape.

Because the overhead spans are supported by uprights and can be made any size, you can attach a pergola to your home. Use it to shelter a path between the main house or a garage or some other outbuilding, adding great appeal.

The simplest, freestanding pergola in the garden provides a unique focal point that can also serve as an effective screen from neighbors, give shelter for a walkway, or frame a view of another feature within your garden. This is an easy project, with predesigned kits available for smaller freestanding pergolas. Get the help of a contractor for a quick project with a stable architectural design to suit the patio or deck. The grace, style, and architectural character of a pergola can dress up your home, taking your yard or patio from uninteresting to unforgettable.

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