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Pergola vs. Gazebo: What’s the Difference?
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Pergola vs. Gazebo: What’s the Difference?

From entertaining and hosting barbecues with family to simply stepping away to enjoy a hot drink in peace, having a wood deck almost instantly makes your backyard an oasis. Whether you opt for wood, composite, or PVC, a new deck installation creates a comfortable outdoor escape right in your backyard.

If you already have a deck and are considering another backyard feature, adding a pergola – attached to your home or freestanding – creates yet another space for dining, entertainment, and more. A pergola consists of columns that support a lattice roof of wood beams and rafters.

Or maybe you’re considering a gazebo. What’s the difference between a gazebo and a pergola, anyway? It’s a common question we get from homeowners.

At KNO Woodworks in Minneapolis, our experts understand backyard upgrades well. Let us teach you a bit about pergolas, gazebos, and which backyard installation might best suit your home!

Deciding Between a Pergola or Gazebo?

If you are considering a new shelter for your backyard, you've likely heard the terms “pergola

and “gazebo” thrown around. Before you choose one, understand the various differences between these two beautiful options.

You may also have specific circumstances, so discussing your plans with a woodworking professional is incredibly useful!

Roof Design

The first thing you'll notice when comparing a pergola with a gazebo is the roofs. The design is the most telling of the differences between a pergola and a gazebo.

The basic design of a pergola roof is an open horizontal lattice of wood beams. This may be left open or covered to create a sheltered area.

On the other hand, a gazebo roof is completely covered. You can think of a gazebo like a more attractive outdoor shed.

Shelter & Shade

Along with a full roof, a gazebo has enclosed sides, so it offers more shelter and shade than a pergola. But that can vary, because there are many different pergola and gazebo designs.

You can also add a canopy to cover the lattice roof on a pergola when you want to protect you and your loved ones from direct sunlight and summer rain.

3. Price & Installation Costs

And now the vital part: Which option is more budget-friendly? The answer is, on average, the pergola.

Building a pergola as a permanent backyard structure is typically less expensive than installing a gazebo. Custom designs and plans are also available to get precisely what you are looking for, whatever your budget.

As for gazebos, they can be low-cost solutions if they are quick setup models or seasonal. If you invest in a long-lasting gazebo, it often costs more than the average pergola.

Upgrade Your Backyard Oasis With KNO Woodworks

At KNO Woodworks, we place the needs and well-being of our customers above all else. As the premier wood fencing and wood structure specialists in Minneapolis, KNO Woodworks wants to discuss your pergola, deck, or fence project today!

Start your project here, or call our team at our Minneapolis office today: 612-226-5172.

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