If you’re looking to add some character to your backyard, an outdoor pergola might be just the thing to spruce up your outdoor space. Pergolas have been decorating outdoor spaces for thousands of years. In fact, the word pergola has Latin origins and refers to a “projecting eave” or arbor.
Dating back to 1400 BC, the earliest known pergola was shown in the entryway of an Egyptian garden plan. Pergolas used to be found on the grounds of the very wealthy, incorporated into their elaborate hanging gardens. Pergolas were also used to shade certain plants so they would grow better. Ancient pergolas could be found in both Italy and in Eastern Asia.
Over time, pergolas became much more architectural. The Italian Renaissance in the 17th century brought about pergolas that featured large stone pillars. Today, pergolas are often made out of fiberglass or vinyl and require relatively low maintenance. For instance, pergolas made with vinyl are easy to clean and don’t need paint touch-ups. Pergolas can be used to shade your patio or deck and they can be a great way for those with green thumbs to get creative and incorporate some vines or hanging plants into their outdoor space.
So if you’re thinking about building a pergola, where do you start? UglyDeck.com has extensive knowledge on how to build a pergola and can help you bring your pergola ideas to life. From deciding between a vinyl pergola, a metal pergola, or wood pergola, UglyDeck.com can help you get started and find a stunning solution.
Feel free to stop by the UglyDeck.com showroom or view an online photo gallery of previously built custom pergola designs. Seeing what designs are out there can help give you a great starting point and inspire your own pergola designs.