Architectural Element – Perhaps the most popular reason that people choose to have a pergola installed today is for the architectural statement that a pergola makes. The style of your pergola can complement or soften the architectural style of your home. You can also use the color and material of the pergola to make a statement.
Outdoor Rooms – Many people are looking to create outdoor living spaces where they can enjoy their down time. A pergola creates an overhead structure similar to the ceiling of an indoor room. This is a key element to creating a distinct outdoor room.
Filtered Shade – Sitting on a large patio on a hot sunny day can quickly become overwhelming without any shade. A pergola is a perfect way to provide filtered shade throughout the day. As the day progresses, the location of the shade is constantly changing which also aids in cooling the temperature on the patio.
Growing Structure – Of course one of the best reasons to have a pergola is to provide a growing structure for plants. Some vines such as Wisteria need a strong foundation to climb on and a pergola is perfectly suited for that. I have had lunch under a pool side pergola on a rainy day and never felt a drop of rain due to the wisteria growing on the overhead pergola. In addition to keeping the furniture under the pergola dry, plants on a pergola also serve to keep the air temperature considerably cooler.
Privacy Buffer – Although, not the most popular reason to install a pergola, this overhead structure can provide privacy in certain situations. If the view from your patio is unattractive, adding a pergola can buffer the view in the distance and keep your eye focused below the pergola. In a small city garden, a pergola can be used to grow vines or train certain types of trees onto the structure to create a green roof and dramatically alter the view of the skyline.