Your outdoor living space is a perfect hub for relaxation and calm. However, the weather can disrupt your rest. An awning or pergola can protect you from the elements, but which one is best?
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This article will cover both to help you make the right choice.
Awnings and Pergolas Explained
An awning is a fabric or aluminum structure attached to a deck, window, or door to give you some protection from the elements. Awnings provide shade from UV rays in the summer and keep you dry on rainy days.
A pergola is a structure erected away from the house, usually in the backyard. It features columns and a grid roof. Some people attach pergola covers for better protection from the elements.
Pros and Cons of Awnings
- Awnings provide protection from the sun. Covered areas can be 20 degrees cooler than uncovered areas.
- They are easy to install and don’t require a lot of space. Retractable awnings only need a mounting area to work.
- Awnings around windows or doors can keep your home cooler, thus reducing your energy bills.
- Awnings protect your furniture and other such property from exposure to UV rays, preventing bleaching.
- Awnings add usable space to your home, increasing its value.
- Fabric residential and commercial awnings are not waterproof.
- Awnings cannot withstand extreme weather conditions.
- Awnings require regular cleaning.
- Lower-quality canopies require regular maintenance or complete replacement.
Pros and Cons of Pergolas
- Pergolas are sturdy structures. Contractors make them from wood with metal or cement as the base.
- They are free-standing units, making them a good fit next to gardens, swimming pools, or fish ponds.
- Pergolas are magnificent additions to any outdoor area, improving your home’s aesthetic appeal.
- Without the pergola covers, they don’t provide a lot of protection against the elements. However, the covers detract from the unit’s aesthetic appeal.
- A pergola is a permanent structure. You can’t uninstall and move it elsewhere in the home.
- Pergolas are only practical in a home with lots of outside space.
- The construction is labor-intensive.
Awning or Pergola: Which Should You Choose?
The right choice will come down to preference and your situation. If you are on a budget, you can find an awning that’s a decent fit. On the other hand, even the most basic pergolas will cost at least $1500.
An awning is an excellent choice if you want a shaded area you can move between the back yard and front lawn as the need arises. However, if you want a sturdy, permanent structure, you can choose a pergola.
If space is at a premium, pergolas won’t fit. On the other hand, awnings will fit anywhere.
Awning or pergola? It’s often hard to choose a favorite among them at a glance. However, when you compare your needs and situation to the pros and cons of each, you should have a clear winner.