What Is The Difference Between a Pergola and a Patio Cover?

Pergola vs. Patio Cover Nashville TN

While pergolas and patio covers can technically both be considered patio covers, the major difference between the two is that a patio cover provides a solid covering — like a roof — over your patio area, whereas a pergola is merely an overhead frame of open rafters. Pergolas might not offer quite as much protection from the sun or rain as patio covers, but when it comes to aesthetics, pergolas win hands down every time.

When festooned with lush vines, a pergola can make your backyard feel more like a secret garden than a patio cover ever could. And, while both pergolas and patio covers are available in a wide range of materials, pergolas are often made of wood, a quality which many homeowners feel adds to a pergola’s elegant appearance, as opposed to patio covers which are most often constructed of aluminum, vinyl, or another economical material. Patio covers are also typically built from the back of the home and extend outward over the patio, whereas pergolas are generally free-standing structures.

Finding the right outdoor structure all comes down to what works best for you and your family. If you live in an area that is prone to heavy rainfall, a patio cover might offer more practical protection from the elements. But, if creating a mystical backyard oasis is more your speed, a pergola is the sure way to go.

For all your outdoor living needs, American Home Design is the company to trust. We’ve provided reliable home improvement services to Nashville, Tennessee, homeowners for more than three decades and in that time we’ve helped more than 40,000 customers beautify their homes with top-of-the-line products and expert installation services.

To learn more about partnering with us to have a patio cover, pergola, or other outdoor living structure installed at your Nashville-area home, contact American Home Design today.

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