When deciding between gazebos or pergolas in Houston, you need to consider your yard and your family’s probable use of the structure. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines “gazebo” as “a freestanding roofed structure usually open on the sides” and “pergola” as “a structure usually consisting of parallel colonnades supporting an open roof of girders and cross rafters”. This means a very different look and possible use for each type of outdoor structure you choose to enhance your landscaping.
Gazebos feel more like a house with their solid roof and raised floor. They are shadier in the daytime and offer a bit more protection when it rains. Pergolas have an arboreal feel and usually are used to showcase vines and flowers. They can also have a roof of screening or clear plexiglass, and many have ceiling fans. Pergolas in Houston are often shady outdoor retreats with comfortable furniture on the patio pavers that generally make up the floor. The angle of the girders and cross rafters will create a solid shade patch at certain times of the day and the density of the plants growing up the posts and across the pergola add to that shadiness.
Families with small children enjoy an open play space that still offers protection from the sun. Tricycles and toy trucks can share a sophisticated outdoor room with grownup activities. There’s more room in most pergolas to run; an important feature for kids. Baby swings can hang from the rafters and the entire family can comfortably enjoy their yard. Pergolas in Houston yards can have all ages strolling under the vines to engage in relaxing or energetic activities, from Tai Chi or jump rope to margarita-sipping and sandboxes.
Wood Crafters offers many styles of pergola and gazebo. A scroll through their gallery of completed projects shows the many ways that these structures beautify Houston homes. If you wanted both, the pergola could be a shady, open corridor linking your house and your gazebo but if you had to pick one, consider this:
Many homeowners chooses pergolas in Houston because the rafter effect can shade the windows of the house. Carefully planning the placement of the pergola along the side of a home can create a solid shade for the windows during the summer months and allow the winter sun to reach the rooms when the weather is cooler. Preventing the sun from heating the windows translates to lower utility costs, making a pergola “green” energy-wise as well as “green” from the plants that luxuriously cover the structure.