Pergolas vs. Gazebos: What’s the difference?

Posted June 23, 2021 to Before You Buy: Tips, Advice, Checklists.

Tags: Pergolas & Arbors

It’s not exactly an age-old question. In fact, it’s a much more modern one. When deciding what type of structure to add to a patio or backyard, many homeowners debate adding a pergola versus a gazebo. But, what are the differences between the two? At Sierra Structures, we’re here to answer that.

Let’s start with the gazebo since it’s historically older (They date back to 1400 BC in Egypt). The traditional gazebo has either six or eight sides, a railing, fully slanted roof, a raised floor, and usually mimic the style of the house. They have more of an enclosed feel and provide tremendous shade.

Pergolas, on the other hand, are much more open, and the roofs are usually slatted or made of beams that are spaced apart for only partial shade. If it’s a fully closed roof, it’s usually retractable. Pergolas are often added to an existing deck or patio. The beams are built straight up and hold the partial roof.

Gazebos are traditionally only made from wood, whereas pergolas can be made from other materials like aluminum or vinyl.

In the end, the choice of which to build comes down to how homeowners imagine using it. If you’re looking for an area next a pool where family members can relax and still get some sunrays, then the pergola is best. If one is looking for a quiet and secluded area in the shade, then the gazebo is the direction to go.

Before deciding, we advise you to picture your property and where you want to add the structure. Then, imagine how you want it to function and appear. Determine what the priorities for the structure are, and then decide. Either way you choose, at Sierra Structures, it’s our job to make what you image come to life. Contact us today for a free estimate on your next pergola….or gazebo.

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