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Attached Or Free-Standing — Which Pergola Style Is Right For You?

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A pergola is a popular outdoor hardscape feature that can be both beautiful and highly functional. Today's homeowners have many choices in pergola design and placement. One of the first choices you will need to make about your new feature is whether to install a free-standing version or one attached to your home. 

Which is right for you? Here are a few pros and cons of each design option.

The Pros and Cons of Standalone Pergolas

Standalone pergolas were the first type used, and they continue to be very popular and easy to purchase or install. Due to this popularity, you can find a great deal of variety in style, size, shape, and pricing. A homeowner on a budget or looking for a quick backyard project does well with a traditional pergola.

Because you are able to place free-standing pergola anywhere in the yard, you can use to create a stunning destination or focal points — such as a conversation nook or a base for a treasured sculpture — in a boring landscape. Or, you might use it to cover up or make better use of a problem spot in the yard. 

The biggest drawback of this freedom and flexibility is that you may find the pergola of less use if it's harder to reach and farther from the home. It's less likely to be a major entertainment draw. An unprotected location may also cause the pergola to be less comfortable in different types of weather. 

The Pros and Cons of Attached Pergolas

Attached pergolas, on the other hand, are placed according to the exterior entrances from the home and your interior room placement. You have less choice in its size and shape since you must fit it in with the house's architecture, layout, and style. 

To counterbalance this more restricted nature, the attached pergola offers much more entertainment and enjoyment opportunities. It can effectively become an extension of your home, adding useful floor space that may make your home more functional and enjoyable. A simple pergola could even take an existing patio or deck and raise its value by giving everyone a more comfortable outdoor experience. 

Which type of pergola could take your backyard from drab to fab? There is no right or wrong answer. To help you find the best solution for your particular outdoor space, start by consulting with an experienced hardscape installation company in your area today. And then you can start better enjoying the outdoors tomorrow.