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What is The Difference Between an Awning and a Pergola?

What is The Difference Between an Awning and a Pergola?

Awnings and pergolas are both popular choices for improving the look and function of a garden. The two are often mistaken for one another, but are actually very different. Though they offer similar functions, pergolas and awnings are completely different objects and are used for different purposes. 

If you’re looking to revamp your outdoor space with an awning, pergola or both, it’s crucial you understand which is which. In this article, we’re going to explain just that.

What is The Difference Between an Awning and a Pergola?

What is an awning?

An awning is a sheet of material attached to your home or a structure on your property. Awnings sometimes get confused with the structure they’re attached to, but the awning itself refers only to the sheet of material used as a cover.

Awnings provide shelter and protection from the weather so that space underneath can be used throughout the year. It transforms the space into a versatile living area where you can dine, relax or entertain. 

Awning fabrics are available in a variety of designs, colours and styles to match your tastes. 

What is a pergola?

A pergola is a freestanding structure made from posts or beams that create a shaded area for entertaining, dining or relaxing. Awnings are often attached to pergolas but the pergola refers only to the structure itself. Pergolas can be erected on any space in the garden, whereas awnings are usually attached to a fixed point of the home.

What is a pergola awning?

Pergola awnings specifically refer to awnings that are used on pergolas. While pergolas are great for creating a space in your garden for entertaining and relaxing, it isn’t always ideal for protecting against the weather. Pergola awnings are made and installed to the precise dimensions of your pergola for optimum protection against wind, rain, sun and snow.

Which is better?

A pergola is the better option if you’re interested in creating an entertaining space in your garden but aren’t so bothered about being shaded or protected from the weather. An awning provides great weather protection but must be attached to a pre-existing structure, so your options for where you can place your awning are limited.

A pergola and pergola awning are the best combination for creating a versatile entertaining space, not limited by location and with superior weather protection. 

At Outershade, we supply premium pergola awnings installed to the precise dimensions of your pergola. Customisable in hundreds of design combinations, your outdoor space will be exactly how you like it. 

Enjoy outdoor living in any weather. Contact our team today to find your perfect garden awning.

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