Arbor designs are as varied and individual as their owners and can be as unique as the properties they adorn. While there have been many uses for these structures, the consensus really is quite simple. An arbor is usually a freestanding structure that can be used to support climbing vines or provide shade for tables, sitting areas, pools and patios. They can also provide a central decorative theme or focal point and create an entrance to your garden. Most arbors have large beams running in one direction along the top and the smaller boards running perpendicular to the beams. The amount of shade provided from the top will depend on how close the lateral pieces of wood are positioned.
So what’s the difference in an arbor and a pergola? Like an arbor a pergola is an overhead structure used to make the outdoors more inviting, to extend livable space, to create a shady retreat, and serve as a major landscaping element. They were known in ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. Pergolas were also a common feature of early Renaissance gardens in Italy and subsequently throughout Europe. Usually a bit more detailed, pergolas add grace, style and character to your home. Our designers at Action Fence & Deck help you create an environment that reflects your own personality and style.
Generally, arbors and pergolas are either made from a weather-resistant wood, such as western red cedar or, are painted or stained. We have also integrated other materials such as pressure treated wood, decorative iron and stone to create structures that matched or complimented the style of the home design. Whatever your preferences, it all starts with a call to Action Fence & Deck. An in-home consultation with one of our professionals will help discover the goals, options and final choices needed to design and install your new arbor or pergola.