Patios and Pergolas – what’s the difference?
When it comes to designing your outside space there are so many choices. For example, do you choose a patio or a pergola. And what is the difference between the two?
Below we’ve outlined the differences between these two garden features. And, we talk about how each one can really bring out the best in your outdoor area.
A patio is traditionally designed to expand the usable space of your home, turning your outside space or verandah into an outdoor room, so to speak.
Modern patio designs can create a perfect outdoor space for family gatherings, parties or even just for relaxing with a good book.
A basic patio is usually directly adjoining the outside wall of your home and has an area of flat, paved ground. A roof provides shelter and creates that outdoor room feeling.
Patios great for:
- Adding value to your home
- Giving a more spacious feel by creating an extra outdoor room
- Shield you from the elements; rain, hail or shine
So, how are pergolas different from patios?
The primary difference between a pergola and a patio is in its purpose.
A patio is usually useable all year round
A pergola is designed to be an enhancing feature of your garden. Making it more versatile.
Traditionally pergolas are ornamental and designed to enhance the appeal of your garden.
A big difference with pergolas is that they are also usually free-standing. In saying this, they can be attached to the wall of your home too.
Similar to patios, pergolas can be made as open or as enclosed as you want them to be. If you seek some extra privacy you can add climbing or trailing plants to create a natural partition.
A pergola is a great way to extend your living space and to get more out of your garden or outdoor area.
Pergolas are great for:
- Adding a touch of individual style to your garden
- Making your outdoor space more visually appealing
- Adding privacy to gardens that are overlooked by other homes