Outdoor Rooms


It’s a given that you’d enjoy your yard more if you had a patio cover to relax and enjoy meals with friends and family. Wouldn’t you enjoy your outdoor space under the cover of a comfortable shade structure? Another option for shelter form the elements is the gazebo. Depending on the style you select, these wooden structures can also add to the beauty of your lawn and garden decor. A similar structure to the pergola, the gazebo, will differ in that gazebos always have a closed roof, where as pergolas have various roof options. Most gazebos are further distinguished from pergolas by having a raised floor and rounded shape, although a gazebo can take several shapes from an octagon to a rectangular configuration.


A pergola is an outdoor structure consisting of columns that support a roofing grid of beams and rafters. This roofing grid may be left open or covered so as to create an area sheltered from the elements. Pergolas may be freestanding or attached to a house and pergolas are usually more distinct and provide greater architectural significance; they may exhibit stone columns and the tops are flat with roof options that include open lattice, retractable covers, insulated roof panels or louvered mechanical roof structures. In order to gain a better grasp of the definition for pergola, it is helpful to compare it with other outdoor structures it is sometimes associated with these include Gazebos, Arbors and Trellises.

Arbors and Trellises

An arbor is another landscape structure similar to a pergola however, less significant structurally. Arbors are often installed with a fence structure to provide a more formal entrance to the front door or garden area. Other differences can be identified in that arbors are relatively small and simple structures usually with a curved top and lack architectural elements such as decorative stone columns. Arbors are freestanding elements and do not attach to the house and pergolas, by contrast, are typically larger structures, in every dimension.