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Pergola or Patio Cover: Which is Best for Your Home?

Pergola or Patio Cover: Which is Best for Your Home?

Want to add value to your home while providing shade, weather protection, and style?

A pergola or patio cover is the way to do just that.

Shade is important for so many reasons, including sun protection, comfort, and temperature control. Did you know that in addition to helping prevent skin cancer, shade keeps an outdoor area up to 20 degrees cooler?

Adding an outdoor structure to shade your windows will help you save on air conditioning costs as well.

Pergolas and patio covers are very similar structures and their names are often used interchangeably. They have a few key differences, however. 

What is a Pergola?

A pergola is an outdoor structure, most often freestanding, used to provide shade with a slatted or latticed roof.

Pergolas commonly are decorated with climbing vines or plants such as ivy or roses, adding beauty and functional shade.

What is a Patio Cover?

Patio covers, on the other hand, are typically anchored to the house and serve more as an extension of the roof.

The structure of the roof is solid, providing a ton of shade. Often, the roof is decorated the same way as the roof of the house, continuing the same shingles to blend in with the rest of the roof.

Patio covers are more structurally equipped to handle electric wiring, allowing for outdoor televisions, fans, lights etc.

The Main Differences between a Pergola and Patio Cover:

A patio cover adds a solid roof to the outdoor space next to your home, while a pergola is more of a stylistic option that provides some shade and weather protection, but has a more open, breezy feel.

What’s right for you?

Several considerations go into this decision, such as:

  • What kind of climate do you live in? If it rains often, solid coverage may be a better fit.
  • Do you want the structure to be freestanding or attached to the home?
  • Do you want to add a lot of electronics to the outdoor space?
  • Do you want to add overhead plants to the structure?

A pergola is a better choice if you enjoy the aesthetic and only need to add some shade, while a patio cover is the way to go if you are looking for a structural extension of your house providing thorough shade.

Want the best of both worlds?

One incredible option is a louvered pergola that features adjustable slats (called louvers). These louvers rotate 130 degrees, providing excellent full coverage shade and weather protection when closed, or light shade and a beautiful open design when open.

The louvered pergola is made of 100% aluminum, which is much more durable and requires far less maintenance than retractable fabric awnings.

With a solar powered mechanical or manual mobility, these luxurious covers are an excellent addition to an already existing pergola, outdoor kitchen or poolside.

A louvered pergola is an excellent choice for many homes because it can be attached to a wall structure or be free standing.


The gorgeous addition of an indoor/outdoor space with a patio cover or pergola will add style and value to your home. Now you can confidently pick your aesthetic based on your shading and weather protection needs.

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