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pergolas, what's the point?
Old 05-02-2010, 06:11 AM
 
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I just don't get them. They serve no functional purpose at all. They have no shelter/protection.

I don't get it.


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First, thank you for my first learning experience of the day. I had no idea what a pergola was. I quickly Googled it and saw what you were talking about. All I can say is they are for looks. If I dig deeper I guess they would be a great frame for you to plant climbing plants. Friends of our have a grape arbor. A pergola would certainly be great for that purpose. They'd look good until covered. Just a thought.
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I had to look it up too
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There's a small park nearby that I recently discovered. In the middle is a nice spot to sit under a lengthy pergola. I love it. The plants have grown in and it provides shade and a serene setting. But until the plants do that I agree it seems like a waste.

Actually now that I think about it our back patio has the same sort of thing covering it. There are no plants anywhere near it and it's not really designed to have plants growing through it. It truly is a waste. I told my wife the other day that my plan in the future is to pour a bit more concrete to extend the patio out to the hot tub and I'm getting rid of that "pergola." I want something with a roof.
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Old 05-02-2010, 06:30 AM
 
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There was one at my last house and I always thought the same thing ~ what is the point???

Sorry I can't help, just glad I'm not the only one that has wondered that!!
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Old 05-02-2010, 06:37 AM
 
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my parents have a huge back deck, the sun would beat down on us, it was brutal! Then one year they had a friend build a pergola over the whole deck, we hung up shades from the pergola, flower boxes and they have a pretty vine growing over it. If you could see it, you might change your mind on that one!!


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Old 05-02-2010, 06:51 AM
 
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unless you're allergic to almost everything organic like I am.

I agree they are pretty but until plants grow in, they're pointless.
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had to look that "fancy" word up! Around here we call them gazebos, and they are wonderful! As with anything in life you need to add your "flair" to it and the results can be amazing!
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Old 05-02-2010, 07:00 AM
 
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a gazebo is enclosed, or has a top to it. Pergolas have no covering on top.
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Old 05-02-2010, 07:31 AM
 
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We're hopeless as far as plants and landscaping, so we hired a Landscape designer. Now we plan (after the deck gets finished) to put in a ground level square deck with a pergola over it - I've always seen it as a 4 post frame with a lattice type cover on top. we'll plant some vines that will creep across. It's going to be on the east side of our yeard so I expect that for warm sunny mornings it will give us enough shade to enjoy sitting out for brunch without baking in the sun.
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I like them, because
Old 05-02-2010, 07:34 AM
 
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you can still enjoy the spring sunshine without being so chilled in the shade of a porch roof in the spring. You don't have to worry about the weight of snow on the top and get up there and shovel off a flat roof, it just doesn't build up the way it does on a flat roof which is what many covered patios end up having on them. If you have them on the ground level, you can grow flowering vines or just vines along the sides for added shade and decorative value. There are a variety of styles and they add definition to an outdoor space, I suppose.
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I agree with rhythmsticks and canteach- it depends what you do with them. They can look VERY nice. A lot of people around my neighborhood have them and I have been trying to talk DH into getting one. I am interested in just blocking the sun a little- not getting rid of it altogether. In the afternoon, the sun really beats down on our patio, and I would love to be able to sit out there and enjoy it without frying!
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Old 05-02-2010, 10:12 AM
 
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The only time you'd have 100% sun under a pergola is if the sun is directly overhead. They are excellent for providing some shade.

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we talked
Old 05-02-2010, 10:13 AM
 
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about getting one--but dh pointed out that if we had vines planted around it I would never sit in/under? it because I am bug phobic and I would be scratching and swatting things that weren't even there!
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Old 05-02-2010, 11:08 AM
 
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When we lived in CA ours had that shade cloth attached to the top. It was very nice sitting under it the entire year long. I loved it.
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