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Awning or Pergola: Which One To Choose and Why?

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

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Pros

  • 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.

Cons

  • 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

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Pros

  • 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.

Cons

  • 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.

Conclusion

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.

Are you tilting toward awnings? Check out our residential and commercial awnings here at Van Nuys Awning Co. today.

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