Short answer, both are excellent options for outdoor spaces. But which do you choose?
There are many benefits to both in terms of structure, comfort, cost and shade. Let’s see the differences and which option is better.
Generally, gazebos are free-standing structures that have a roof layout and height similar to a small room.
Gazebos might be rectangular, round, or octagonal. A pergola is a more sophisticated structure that blankets the outdoor space with a roof-like covering and usually has columns in the middle of it.
It connects to its surroundings with enclosure panels but also provides openness and many opportunities for close connection with the greenery. Pergolas are often connected to the house, unlike free-standing gazebos.
Amount of shade
It isn’t easy to give a precise answer regarding how much shade the pergola or gazebo provides. It depends on the materials and installation of your choice.
The design also matters because some gazebos have walls around them, and they offer more shade in such cases. Also, the gazebos’ roof has more coverage than pergolas, hence more shade.
Traditional or modern
Gazebos are traditionally used and are an excellent choice for traditional landscape design.
On the other hand, pergolas tend to be more modern in terms of their looks and can be used to blend traditional gardens with modern ones.
Openness to the surrounding
The pergola is more open to the surroundings. They have added enclosure panels that allow for more connection with the greenery around it.
Gazebos are free-standing structures with walls around them, so they tend to have less openness and contact with vegetation. However, some gazebos are completely open all around.
It is hard to tell which is the more expensive option. It mainly depends on the design, materials, and installation cost.
But, gazebos are costlier to construct and install because they have more parts and must be set up on concrete foundations. On the other hand, pergolas only need the base and the enclosure panels to install, which are relatively cheap.
Both options are excellent for your home’s functionality, comfort, and landscaping.
You only need to decide how much you are willing to spend, how much shade you need, whether you need a modern vibe or a traditional one, and where you want to install it.
The key is to consider your needs and wants thoroughly and how much you can provide for yourself. It’s better to get a professional opinion if you need more assistance.
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