Pergolas Transform Ordinary Outdoor Areas into an Oasisby Kidron Vinyl on 2018-06-26 15:16:52
Do you have a patio, deck, or favorite hangout spot in your yard that you can’t enjoy as much as you’d like? Maybe it gets too much sunlight, feels too out in the open, or doesn’t block the view of your next door neighbor’s unsightly trash bin. Adding a pergola could be the perfect solution. Not only does a pergola bring aesthetic appeal and character to your outdoor living space, it enables you to enjoy that space more comfortably. Here are just a few reasons a pergola could enhance your deck, patio, or yard.
Provides relief from direct sunlight
Having a patio or deck has many benefits, including allowing you to be able to relax and enjoy the outdoors right from the comfort of your own home. But if your deck or patio gets too much direct sunlight in the summer, it can seem anything but relaxing—in fact, it may become virtually useless during the hottest months. If you have a south- or west-facing patio, you’ll get the brunt of the hot afternoon and early evening sun, which means the only time it will likely be comfortable enough to enjoy your patio in the summer is in the morning or after the sun goes down.
Adding a pergola can help divert direct sunlight from your patio or deck while still allowing a comfortable breeze to flow through. Unlike an awning, a pergola does not provide complete protection from the sun or elements, but aesthetically it can be more attractive than an awning. And since it still lets in some sunlight, your outdoor space will still feel bright and cheerful without feeling stuffy or closed in, and it will still provide enough sunlight for your sun-loving potted plants.
There are a few options for creating additional shade with a pergola, including adding lattice to the top, adding cross-columns, or—if you prefer a more natural look—training climbing plants to grow over top of it, which brings us to the next point.
Serves as a backdrop for climbing and hanging plants, or a dazzling display of lights
The structure of a pergola lends itself well to adding beautiful climbing plants or hanging baskets, creating your very own outdoor oasis. If you have a green thumb, training vines to grow over the top of the pergola can create not only additional shade, but—when fully mature—can provide some added protection from the elements as well. Plants such as climbing roses, ivy, clematis, and honeysuckle are good options for pergolas. Depending on the plant, you may even end up attracting butterflies or hummingbirds to your yard. Climbing plants work best for pergolas that are located in your yard or right at the edge of a patio, since the base of the plants will need to be situated in the ground nearby. Adding a few hanging baskets to a pergola on a deck is a good way to bring natural beauty to a pergola without the upkeep of climbing plants.
For a classy, fun atmosphere that is bound to impress your guests, pergolas make a wonderful place to add string or rope lights, making it possible to enjoy your outdoor space long after the sun sets. What better way to enjoy an evening under the stars? These days, you don’t even need to have an outlet nearby to enjoy outdoor lights. String and rope lights are available in LED solar powered and battery powered options in a variety of colors. You can even find options that change colors with the simple switch of a remote control!
Defines a space in your yard
A swing, glider, bench, or a couple of comfortable chairs could look a little lonely sitting out in the middle of your yard. But add a pergola above it, and suddenly you’ve got a defined space. Maybe you have a favorite spot in your yard or on your property where you enjoy spending time, whether it’s next to a fragrant garden, beside a serene pond, or at the edge of the peaceful woods. Adding a pergola and some comfortable seating is an excellent way to enhance the natural beauty of the spot and to be able to sit back and enjoy it even more.
It’s easy to make your pergola feel a little more secluded with the addition of vinyl lattice shade panels on one or more sides of your pergola in between the posts. This is also a great option for adding more shade if you get direct sunlight streaming in from the sides. For example, if you have a south-facing patio, the late afternoon and early evening sun will beam onto your patio from the west right when you’re likely to want to spend time outside. Adding vinyl lattice to the western side of your pergola could be the perfect solution for diverting that direct sunlight so that you can once again enjoy summer dinners on the patio.
When it comes to pergolas, we’ve got many options for customizing your own low-maintenance vinyl pergola that is perfect for your outdoor space. Visit http://www.kidronvinyl.com/pergolas.php for more information, or give us a call to get started!