Pergolas are the most common backyard embellishments in suburban homes. Homeowners love to accent their yards with beautifully designed pergolas regardless of the size of the outdoor space. While the popularity of pergolas makes them the go-to embellishment choice for yards, it also misleads people into believing that putting up a pergola is a piece of cake.
Although installing a pergola can seem pretty straightforward and uncomplicated, in reality, it isn't. And that reality remains true whether you hire a professional or do the job yourself. More often than not, even hiring the most reputed pergola company to adorn your yard may not be enough to save you from ending up with a visually crooked outdoor space.
To avoid common pergola mistakes, homeowners need to do their pergola homework diligently; otherwise, the pergola contractors can cheat them and mess up the job. So now the question arises, what does 'pergola homework' mean, and how can one do it skillfully?
All the research and data gathering that a homeowner must do before contacting a contractor falls under the umbrella of pergola homework, which includes choosing the size and material, factoring in the necessary considerations such as the weather, the need for additional shade, etc.
The most common pergola mistakes come about when a house owner slacks off on their pergola homework duty. Therefore, you must play your part before a pergola installation to save your money after it.
So what happens when you don't do your job?
Looking up pergola designs on the internet is a rite of passage for anyone considering getting one. However, what you see online might not work for your outdoor space. Therefore, you cannot just pick out the first design you see on Pinterest and ask the contractor to put it up in your yard. You need to first consider the space, the weather of your area, and the material before selecting a pergola design. Discuss all the aspects of your outdoor space with an expert before hiring deciding on a design.
Choosing a pergola design on impulse can lead you to either an extremely large or tiny structure that will look out of place in your yard. Secondly, one common misconception about pergolas is that they provide shade, which is why many people assume that they will have an awning of sorts in their yard no matter which pergola they get. But the fact is that most pergolas don't offer shade, so you need to hash all the details out with your contractor in advance. And let them know if you want to have a covering over your pergola or if you want to have lattices.
Lastly, the internet can often trick homeowners into believing that they can DIY install a pergola. But as mentioned earlier, putting up a pergola is no easy feat. If you don't have any construction work experience, then building a pergola yourself can lead to a disaster. Therefore, hire a professional team but have a detailed discussion with them about how everything will unroll before construction starts.
Pergolas are extremely popular outdoor shade structures. They’re great additions to any outdoor area, both residential and commercial. As much as people love to spend time under their pergolas during the summers, they are more or less forgotten as the temperatures start to become chilly. If you want to continue using your pergola during the colder months, you’ll have to bring some changes to your pergola.
Making your pergola winter-friendly is no big challenge. Let’s look at the numerous ways you can make your pergola usable in the winter months.
1. Add a Roof to Your Pergola
One of the quickest ways of transforming your pergola into a winter-friendly outdoor structure is to add a roof to it. Adding a roof will keep the snow from entering your pergola and will also protect your pergola furniture. Not only will it keep the snow from entering the pergola, but it will also retain the heat inside and keep your pergola warmer and a lot more comfortable. Louvered roofs are quite common in pergolas. You can even opt for retractable canopies so that you don’t have to go through the hassle of removing the roof when the weather becomes warmer.
2. Create Some Sort of Shelter
Another way of making your pergola winter-friendly is to create a shelter to keep the cold wind out. You can include thick curtains or PVC blinds. If the weather in your region gets very cold, you can include temporary canvas walls so that the pergola is completely packed. The better you are able to keep the wind out, the warmer and cozier your pergola will feel.
3. Add a Heat Source
Once your pergola is sheltered and covered, you can now add a heat source. Adding a heat source will make it possible for you to use your pergola even during winter evenings and nights. If you like to keep décor traditional, an outdoor fireplace may be a good option for you. Other pergola heating options include a patio heater or hanging infrared heaters. It all comes down to how warm you want your pergola to be and what your preferences are.
4. Add Winter-Friendly Furnishings
Lastly, make your pergola cozy and warm for winters. Include the right furniture and a couple of warm blankets, so that you can curl up and make yourself feel warm and comfortable. With this, you can enjoy your pergola time just like you did when the weather was warmer. We think floor cushions and warm textiles make the perfect combination for winters!
Most of the time, pergolas are left unused throughout the winter season. People who love spending time outdoors may find it annoying to be stuck indoors all the time. If you’re one of those people, making your pergola winter-friendly is the biggest favor that you’ll do upon yourself. Pergola professionals may be able to help you best!
Arizona Pergola Company
We've been designing and installing pergolas for over 20 years. We love transforming backyard patios into dream spaces.