Pergolas - Decks - A Perfect Marriage
Clients have often asked me to build pergolas and decks.
Usually its the deck first and then they decide that a
pergola would be the perfect finishing touch to compliment their
What is a Pergola or an Arbor?
This is my interpretation... a pergola is more of a roof structure with open beams commonly found over decks and patios.
Vines and greenery may or may not grow over it.
Arbors on the other hand aren't much different except that I think of them as being used to enhance gates and entrance ways.
So they're like mini versions of pergolas but with a more specific purpose. Here is an arbor to show you the difference.
If you are beginner carpenter you shouldn't have much trouble building a pergola for your deck.
And to make it really easy, I recommend you take a look at these great affordable pergola plans from www.Pergola-Plans.com
Tips on Building Pergolas For Decks
Pergolas in their simplest form are just like joists set at 12" or 16"
spacings laid over top of beams. Of course the ends of each beam and
"joist" should be cut in some kind of decorative fashion as they will be
the focal point of your backyard.
Pergoals Are Larger Than Arbors
Pergolas are bigger than arbors. Much bigger and the beams and joists
are visually dominant. The structure would look top heavy if it was
sitting on 4x4 posts. So you really should be using 6x6 posts that are
larger to get the right look.
From a design perspective I always like to suggest that posts be
fairly large and robust looking. They can be square or round depending
on your architectural preference but size is important.
The posts which support the beams can be cylindrical pillars as
shown in the pergola structure below. Imagine this structure with
smaller posts. It just wouldn't look balanced.
Arbors are perfect for an entrance way into your backyard. Follow
the same principles for the roof structure but you can go lighter with
the dimensions of the material - if you desire.
Build Your Own Pergola?
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Where Can You Get Pergolas and Arbors For Your Deck?
I refer my visitors who are interested in learning more about the
different pergola structures to enhance decks and who don't want to
build themselves to one of the very best online retailers in the
They have a huge selection of different pergolas for different
budgets and different needs. These products aren't often carried in the
big box stores, and certainly not to the variety you will find Garden.com
Also, they just have a super inventory of a million different things
for your backyard. At the very least, you'll have a blast exploring!