Contemporary Uses for Arches and Pergolas

Discover why today's arches and pergolas are no more than a new look at an old type of structure.

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On a more modest scale, other arbors are available as post-and-rail construction kits with bolt-on trellis panels, which may be planted up, added to, or adapted to screen functional utility areas, neighboring windows, and even the street.

Shaded Cover Over Terraces

Whether a freestanding construction or a "lean-to" with overhead beams attached to a house wall, the main use of the pergola today is to provide shaded cover over an area for alfresco entertaining. Overhead beams alongside the house — especially when clothed in climbing plants — help keep adjacent rooms cool in summer, protect furnishings from the fading effect of strong sunlight, and form a good visual link between the house and garden.

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This association is successful because the open canopy of overhead beams and climbers becomes an effective transition between the solid roof of the house and the foliage and branch structure of the surrounding vegetation.

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