Pergolas, or arbors – do not really perform a specific ‘function’ or protect your outdoor environment from the elements. However, they definitely add beauty and shape to your patio, backyard in the form of garden decor. They also can provide shade, which is hugely important in Texas – and also a place to really allow your climbing plants to thrive; adding to your outdoor aesthetic in more ways than one.
A pergola is a construction, typically of stained, weather resistant wood – that forms a sort of shade or cover for a sitting area, or passageway; and consist of vertical posts that support cross beams atop. It might be a patio cover, or arbor coming from your home, or it could be a structure all of it’s own.
The word itself – pergola, is Latin – and refers to a ‘projecting eave’.
Pergolas are gaining popularity and are quite romantic and charming. There are many different kinds of pergolas: attached, free-standing – open air – all of which have a very Mediterranean feel to them – allowing homeowners in Texas to create a very unique, beautiful and somewhat exotic outdoor living area. They are perfect for sitting areas or walkways, in gardens or backyards.