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Posted On: 2010-10-01 at

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The origin of the word pergola is from Late Latin pergola, and refers to a projecting eave (Wikipedia). A pergola is traditionally a feature that forms a walkway or passageway with columns and/or pillars that support cross-beams. Plants, ivy, grapevines, and flowers may trail over and across forming a tunnel of greenery. As a pro, vine-covered pergolas do offer some shade. As a con, pergolas not covered in greenery do not provide shelter from the sun, rain, or wind. Today many pergolas are simply the structure minus the greenery. Pergolas can truly define and outline an outdoor space without the constraints of a roof and walls. It is a wonderful architectural convergence that brings the inside outdoors! Pergolas can be installed on the patio, deck, porches, the front of your home, and even freestanding in your yard. They come in so many varieties and sizes. There are professional companies who specialize in building the pergolas according to your design needs. You can purchase pergolas at your local home improvement stores and discount stores, or it is a great do-it-yourself project. You may choose maintenance-free vinyl or wood. Redwood and cedar are common woods used to construct pergolas. Cedar is a good option because it does not decay; yet, it does gray as it weathers if it is left unfinished. Apply stains that come in a variety of shades to make your pergola complete your home’s look, and add a sealer that is for exterior use to help preserve and protect your wooden pergola. Pergolas add such beauty and architectural character to your home plan and your landscape

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