The main difference between Patios and Pergolas lies in the materials used in their construction. Essentially Patios are made from steel which is strong and long lasting. Alternatively, pergolas are made from treated timber and while they are durable, they can require more ongoing maintenance due to their exposure to the elements of the harsh Australian climate. Both Patios and Pergolas are solid structures with internal or walled supports.
The benefit of building a Pergola…
A pergola is sturdy in nature because it will be held up by at least four supports, however because it is built out of timber it also provides a more natural aesthetic for your home. Pergola roofing comes in many varieties, and provides additional choice and freedom when designing the outdoor entertaining area of your home.
Pergola timber can be stained to keep a more natural appearance, or painted to match the colours of your home. Being a natural product, from time to time your pergola may require maintenance in the form of sealing with oil or repainting weather worn areas. If maintained properly a solid wooden pergola will last a very long time.
VS. Building a Patio…
While a patio is similar in design to a pergola, it is a much sturdier construction. If you prefer a ‘no maintenance’ outdoor solution, then a steel patio can offer you that. Combined with it’s strong, maintenance free design; steel patios also come in a variety of different colours, which again, assist you in designing an outdoor entertaining area that blends in with the aesthetics of your home. Similar to a pergola; patios roofing comes in many different colours and styles including adjustable sun roofs which allow you to control the light within your outdoor area.
Which One is Right for You?
Before deciding on the type of outdoor entertainment area you want to build you must take into consideration your budget, and the type of things you want to use it for. For example, If you want to entertain a lot, and love the sun, but live in an area prone to rainfall, then you may want to consider an option that allows you to control the opening and closing of the roof, so you can enjoy the sun when it is shining, but protect your guests from the wet and still enjoy your outdoor area all year round. If space is your issue then a small, wooden patio might be a better option for you.
Patios and pergolas are the most common outdoor entertaining area styles, however there are many other design options you can choose from. If you are on a limited budget then you might consider having an awning installed, which can be a cheap way of covering an outdoor area, or a starting point for your outdoor area if you’re not ready to fully upgrade your outdoor area.
Whichever option you choose, improving your outdoor entertaining area with a patio, pergola or other solution will greatly increase the enjoyment you currently experience using the outdoor area of your home. You can entertain rain, hail or shine, keep your pets sheltered (but outside!), or even create an exotic patio garden with indoor plants that you can now use outdoors!