What is the Purpose of a Pergola?

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If you are on a mission to discover a way in which you can enhance the quality of your outdoor experience and give your deck or concrete patio more appeal, we have a great idea–just have a pergola installed. A pergola is a structure that will transform the way your backyard looks and functions. With a pergola, stepping outside becomes a whole new experience. A pergola provides the ideal place for you, your family, and your guests to gather and enjoy your outdoor kitchen, fire feature, and water feature. And you can bet that it will become the topic of conversation. In addition, a pergola reminds your friends and neighbors that you have a wonderful sense of style and exquisite taste. But if you are still hesitant about having Radiant Landscape Design and Build install a custom pergola on your property, read on to discover why you can’t live without one.

What is a Pergola?

In simple terms, a pergola is a structure that consists of columns that support a roof of rafters or beams. The roofing rafters or beams can be open if preferred, but they can also be covered to give you more protection from the elements. A pergola is an outdoor structure that can be freestanding, or it can be attached to your house or garage should you desire.


Some people tend to get pergolas mixed up with other outdoor structures. For example, many people think that pergolas and arbors are the same, but this is just not true. While they are both similar, an arbor lacks the architectural flourishes that make pergolas so majestic. Gazebos are also related to pergolas and are quite similar, but there are notable differences. Gazebos differ from pergolas as they all have closed roofs, and many will have a raised floor and are round in shape.

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Reasons Why You Need a Pergola

One of the best reasons why you need a pergola is that they extend your living space. Of course, you want to spend more time in the beautiful outdoor space you created, but sometimes the sun is just too hot, or that afternoon shower dampens your plans. A pergola effectively expands your living space and allows you to enjoy spending even more time outdoors. In addition, we all know just how unpredictable the weather is in Northern Colorado, a summer storm can crop up at any time, and a pergola provides some cover.

Pergolas are highly customizable and can be made from various materials. This means that your pergola can be built to match your home’s exterior or your landscape. Another great thing about pergolas is that they can be built according to the size of your backyard. Even a small outdoor space looks better with a pergola.

Many homeowners will wonder if a pergola is worth the investment. The short answer is yes. Experts say that your landscaping can add as much as 15 percent to the value of your home. That said, just imagine what potential buyers will think about the beautiful pergola in the backyard, it really ups the curb appeal, and people who love spending time outdoors will undoubtedly be interested in your home.

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Ways to Best Utilize Your Pergola

In order to truly enjoy your backyard oasis, you will want some privacy from nosey neighbors. A custom pergola can be strategically placed in your yard to provide more privacy. In addition, you can have a custom wrap made for your pergola that can be quickly put up when you want added privacy. You will feel like you are in your very own beach-side cabana.

A pergola adds a level of contrast to your backyard space. Most of the features in your outdoors are beautiful, to be sure, but a pergola is a feature on the next level. Just imagine what people think when they step into your backyard and have to look straight up to see your pergola in its entirety. Better still, your pergola is sure to be seen by neighbors and possibly even by people just passing through the neighborhood.

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A pergola is a beautiful structure that will add plenty of appeal to your outdoor space. If you are looking for a feature that will transform the aesthetics and function of your backyard, a pergola is the way to go. And no matter how you plan on using your pergola, you will love it for many years to come. If you would like to learn more about having a pergola installed on your property, be sure to get in touch with us at your earliest convenience.


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