Pergolas and Gazebos: What’s the Difference?

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Pergolas and gazebos give you a nice place to hang out away from the sun.

If you’re looking to add a something to your yard or patio, a pergola or gazebo would be a great choice. But how can you tell the difference between these two outdoor living structures, and how do you know which is the best choice for your yard? Pergolas and gazebos come in all different sizes, colors, and materials so no matter what you choose you will find one that works for you. Here are a few more tips on how to tell the two apart before you decide.


These outdoor living structures are most easily recognized by their roofs. Usually flat and open, a pergola’s roof commonly consists of horizontal planks of wood. It’s not uncommon to find these structures in gardens as they provide just enough shade to keep you cool without depriving your plants of sunlight.


Gazebos have one defining characteristic that differentiates them from all other outdoor living structures: They’re round! Well, technically they are octagonal. Gazebos usually have solid roofs, unlike a pergola, that are supported by eight columns. Really this depends on the size and style of the gazebo.

Which Is Best?

As with most things, the best one is the one that’s right for you and your yard. Maybe you like the slightly shaded aspect of a pergola, or you would rather have a gazebo installed so you can escape the sun completely. Talk with your landscaping company about your options to figure out what type of outdoor living structure is right for you.

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Instead of being narrowly focused on just the pool, many of our designs also include patios, decks, shade structures, fireplaces, outdoor kitchens, water features, plantings, lighting, and more. All of these elements are incorporated into a cohesive plan that is the basis of a successful project.

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