Gazebo vs. Pergola

Gazebos and pergolas have been around for hundreds of years. Both pergolas and gazebos give decks and backyards a new perspective that is pleasing to the eye and practical.

This gazebo, made out of Ipe, is a gorgeous addition to this home.

This gazebo, made out of Ipe, is a gorgeous addition to this home.

Gazebos are covered areas, usually hexagonal in shape, that offer a complete roof and closed off surroundings. Gazebos at one point were thought of as summerhouses or pavilions. Their privacy and distance from the main home allows them to have an aura of being a home away from home.

If a gazebo is too much, a pergola is perfect for giving you some structure without completely closing you off.

If a gazebo is too much, a pergola is perfect for giving you some structure without completely closing you off.

Pergolas, on the other hand, are not built as a shelter, but as an aesthetically pleasing element for the backyard. They provide a structure for vines to wrap around and offer a bit of shade during the summer season. They tend to be a decoration you can enjoy on a beautiful afternoon.

Both of these structures are commonly made of wood, however not just any wood will suffice. These structures are under constant assault from the elements and need to stand up to the toughest environments. Brazilian hardwoods like Ipe, Cumaru, and Tigerwood are ideal for pergolas and gazebos. These woods are some of the densest in the world and are not susceptible to mold, decay, rot, or termite infestations. With our Brazilian hardwoods you can rest easy knowing your gazebo or pergola will last a lifetime. Call or visit AdvantageLumber.com to find out more about our products.

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