A pergola is an outdoor room with cross rafters and without walls that gives an airy, light and inviting space to relax, admire or spend time with the family. Pergolas are much larger than arbors and are generally freestanding, but can be attached to another building. Pergolas are stylish ways to add luxury to your home and cover your outdoor spaces. Lebanon is the world’s leader in the manufacture of pergolas. The most popular material choices are wood, metal, or plastic. Many contractors use greener, better, and more aesthetically pleasing materials, while keeping installation and building costs low.
A pergola creates visual interest, particularly if you have flowering and fragrant vines growing up and over the rafters and down the vertical posts. It can be free standing or attached to the house. One can hang planters or other design elements from the rafters adding beauty to the area.
Adding a pergola maximizes usable outdoor space by adding an area for outdoor furniture that is somewhat protected from the elements, particularly if one wall of the structure is attached to the home or an outbuilding. This serves as a shelter and windbreak from the rain.
A pergola serves to give the area a more closed feel, making a flat featureless veranda roof into a true outdoor living area. They can be very decorative and can be creatively painted or even trellised to let vines to grow through them. This gives an outdoor area a tranquil feel, which is wonderful for summer entertaining.
They are better during wet weather months, because the pitch of the roof means the water runs straight off. A pergola funnels water away fast through a simple design that uses gravity.
Due to their shape, pergolas deal with hot summer sun much better. While the sun strikes a flat roof from one angle, heating it up very quickly, the sloping sides of a pergola mean the sun strikes the roof more indirectly and thus does not heat it up as fast. If they are open they create a better airflow under the roof, allowing heat to disperse naturally.
Because they are of such simple creative design, a pergola with a can be constructed relatively quickly, which can be a cost saving. The simplicity of the design also means low maintenance, with steel or aluminum frames being highly weather-resistant and requiring very little attention from season to season.
Kaprix is the leader in the pergola industry and recommends Automatic Pergolas, Wood Pergolas and Creative Design. The company pioneered the making of Awnings, Umbrellas, Blinds, Shutters, Sun Shade, Sun Screen, Black Out, RollUp, Bamboo and Pergola. They are located in Beirut.
Pergolas provide aesthetic appeal, add protection from rain and heat and ease of construction to save money. It is a magnificent design that has stood the test of time and would be an excellent choice for any outdoor space or patio and are a great architectural detail to add to any landscape.