If you’re looking to add a sheltered area to your garden so that you can enjoy the outdoors all year round, you might be considering a pergola or an awning. Whilst both these structures can be useful for protecting you from the weather, they’re actually very different in their function and design. Read on to find out whether a pergola or awning is the better option.
What is a pergola?
A pergola is a freestanding structure constructed from posts or beams and creates a shaded area perfect for relaxing, dining or entertaining. They can be installed anywhere in a garden, however, they’re often attached to the main property in order to link the home with the outdoors. Pergolas can be built to your exact specifications, providing you with the ideal space to spend quality time outdoors. They offer a versatile all-weather area that’s sheltered from the elements, allowing you to enjoy your outside space all year round.
What is an awning?
An awning is a sheet of material that’s attached to your home or another structure on your property. They can even be used on pergolas themselves. Garden awnings are sometimes confused with the structure they’re fixed to, however, the awning only refers to the material itself. Like pergolas, awnings are designed to provide shelter from the elements, allowing the space underneath to be used throughout the year. When you have an awning installed, you can relax, dine and entertain even when the weather’s not its best. Awnings are available in a range of fabrics, styles, designs and colours to match your needs and tastes.
Which is better?
Pergolas and awnings have a lot in common in that they both provide shade and protection from the elements, enabling them to create the perfect space for relaxing and socialising. However, there are some key differences between these two structures that you need to consider before deciding which is right for you. You must assess each material’s design, durability and cost.
In terms of their design, a pergola and awning are very different. A pergola is a freestanding structure that often acts as an extension of a building itself, merging seamlessly with the home to create a highly versatile space. Sleek and stylish with frameless glass walls that slide shut on-demand, along with built-in lighting and audio, these structures as a substantial addition to your property. In comparison, an awning is often combined with another structure, such as a pergola, to provide added shade and protection.
Whilst a pergola is often considered more durable than an awning due to its robust construction, it’s also likely to cost you more. A custom-built high-end pergola can be a significant investment. However, it’s also one that’s likely to pay off in the long term since it can add value to your property.
Contact Oakfields now to find out more about bespoke pergolas and awnings. Both of these stylish features can add a wealth of practical style to your home