What’s the difference between a pergola and a patio?
Pergolas and patios typically adjoin the house and are made from either timber or a metal structure. Both are used to define an outdoor living area. So whilst both provide the same purpose, are they the same thing?
Traditionally speaking a pergola technically does not have a roof but instead is covered by some type of canopy like a grapevine or wisteria. It provides shade from the sun but not complete protection from the elements.
A Patio is traditionally a paved outdoor area adjoining the house. The term Patio is Spanish and means inner courtyard. The patio would be used for outdoor dining but did not provide any cover.
Today’s modern pergolas and patio areas are typically covered by either colorbond steel structures or timber and colorbond combination. Complimented with timber decking, outdoor barbeques and dinning settings as a modern society we have certainly transformed outdoor living.