Gazebos and pergolas are both beautiful structures that can add or change the look of your landscape. They are different and depending on your personal landscape style, you may prefer one over the other.


What are the differences between gazebos and pergolas?

  • A gazebo has a full roof and provides full coverage, while a pergola has a half of a roof and limited coverage. A gazabo can come in many different shapes. All have full roofs and provide shade. A pergola has a lattice, slatted roof and is often rectangular in shape, providing little shade.
  • Gazebos can be added to an existing structure. Also, most often gazebos have their own raised floor so you can see your surroundings.
  • Both gazebos and pergolas have open sides. Gazebos can have screens or glass installed. They can both also have climbing vine flowers like wisteria grow on them. A gazebo is often more ornate.
  • Generally, gazebos are considered more formal looking and romantic structures. Pergolas are more modern looking and natural, likely because they are so much more open. Both are attractive additions to a landscape.
  • Gazebos are traditionally used for formal events and photo shoots, too. For example, weddings, family parties for holidays and events. Likewise, family, engagement, and graduation portraits.

That information often leads clients to begin to envision the structure they prefer. However, to make a good decision the pros and cons to gazebos and pergolas must be taken into consideration.


The Pros and Cons of Gazebos and Pergolas

Gazebo Pros

  • Offers shade protection
  • Can be accessible to electricity
  • Has a floor and roof
  • Optional screens keep insects out
  • Adds value to property
  • Variety of materials and styles

Gazebo Cons

  • Expensive
  • Requires advanced construction skills to build
  • Requires roofing
  • Takes up more yard space
  • Requires Maintenance


Pergola Pros

  • Easy to build
  • Inexpensive
  • Defines yard space
  • Adds value to property
  • Variety of materials and styles

Pergola Cons

  • Limited shade
  • Minimal protection from weather
  • Floor not included in structure
  • No insect protection
  • Not durable in extreme weather

Gazebos and pergolas can be constructed using different materials like pressure-treated wood, cedar, vinyl, metal, or fiberglass. Gazebo materials can also include wrought iron or aluminum. Gazebo roofs are like homes and require asphalt shingles, cedar shakes, rubber slates, or metal roofing.

Overall, in choosing between gazebos or pergolas, it is your own personal preference. On one hand, the style or location of the structure in your landscape design influences your decision. On the other hand, it might be the cost, or the maintenance required. Usually, there are several reasons to choose one of the other.

Of course, whatever style and structure you choose, Aisling View can make it a reality. Indeed, with years of experience, we can advise you on the best location and materials that fit your landscape. Call us at 317-636-9408 for a free estimate!

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