Pergola or patio?
People often mistake a pergola for a patio and vice-a-versa. So what's the difference?
It's pretty simple - while the structure is essentially the same a patio usually has a roof covering and a pergola doesn't.
Patios are generally covered with laserlite or colorbond sheets to provide protection from the sun and rain for 365 days of the year. On the other hand, pergolas are often used to provide support for climbing plants such as roses, grapevines and wisteria. Picture a pergola covered with deciduous climbers, which provide protection from the heat in summer and let the sunshine in during winter, and you'll soon understand the value of these structures. You can also cover a pergola with shade cloth to provide various levels or shade all year round.
Which one is right for you? A patio or a pergola?
The choice is very much an individual one and will largely depend on how you want to use your patio or pergola. If you're looking to use your new outdoor room 365 days of the year or want to protect items such as barbecues, outdoor furniture or even an outdoor kitchen, a patio is likely to be your best choice. Alternatively, if you're looking for a place to entertain and relax only in nicer weather, a pergola could be the perfect addition to your house, flat or unit.
Perhaps you can combine the benefits of both choices by leaving your outdoor structure only partly covered.
This Patio uses a combination of Colourbond and Polycarbonate roof sheets to provide an entertaining area with weather protection all year round,
This Pergola provides support for vines and flowering plants such as roses. Another option is to cover your Pergola with shade cloth to provide shade all year round.