So you have your decking installed, your lawn is looking green and lush, your flowerbeds are colorful, but you still feel something is missing from making your garden look perfect. Maybe what you need is a pergola or a gazebo? But aren’t they the same thing? No, they are very different structures indeed. As Omaha’s leading pergola and gazebo contractor, we can guide you through the differences as well as advising you on which best suits your garden. Our customers are often surprised at how affordable pergola installation costs or gazebo costs are, and they really do add something to your outside space.
The basic structure of a pergola consists of wooden pillars or posts which support horizontal cross-beams forming an open lattice structure, though this may be enclosed. It can provide an attractive walkway in your garden – many people will grow climbing ivy, vines, and/or flowers around the structure to add to the look – or it can be used as seating area. Pergolas are very popular in warm or desert-like climates. Sizes and quality of pergolas can vary greatly. Simple ones can be obtained from DIY or garden shops, while many people choose a customized version designed to their own wants and needs.
While traditionally an octagon shape, gazebos can also be found as a round structure. Although the name itself only dates from the 18th century, the structure itself dates back at least two thousand years. Although normally open on all sides, many customers choose to have them enclosed to keep insects out or to provide protection from the elements. Though normally built from wood, we can do gazebo design in other materials. There are even cheap temporary ones available from many shops which are more like a tent. Gazebo costs can vary from a simple small structure to a larger more ornate gazebo if required.
There are a wide variety of materials we can use to carry out your gazebo installation, and which material you choose – or combination of materials – will affect your final cost. Wood remains very popular, and cedar or redwood the most popular of those due to being resistant to rot and to insects. Metal gazebos are also popular and offer s sturdy and long lasting structure. Aluminum tends to be the most cost-effective choice and are easy to install, but steel or wrought iron can offer a sturdier and longer-lasting gazebo.
As with gazebos, pergolas are most commonly constructed with wood. But there is an increasing use of metal materials, particularly aluminum, which can help keep pergola installation costs down. Metal pergolas also offer that same durability and long life as a metal gazebo and a steel pergola is extremely easy to add features such as sheets and outdoor curtains to provide shade as and when needed. Whatever style of gazebo or pergola design you are looking for, Omaha Deck Contractors can provide both professional design and installation services throughout Omaha.