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What Is a Pergola?

As spring nears, one question we hear a lot is, “How can I make my backyard more inviting?” If you’ve been wondering that yourself, you’ve come to the right place! 

At Top Form Contracting, we’re premier contractors in Albany, Oregon, and we strive to help homeowners love their yards more by making them more aesthetically pleasing and functional. One outdoor feature that looks great and makes your backyard more usable is a pergola.

So, what exactly is a pergola? Let’s talk about it!


What Is a Pergola?

A pergola is an outdoor structure for gardens and outdoor living areas that features columns and rafters on the roof. Pergolas are generally uncovered. However, we can create a cover upon request.

At Top Form Contracting, we primarily build our outdoor covers with wood and sometimes wrap that material with fiber-cement siding for visual appeal. The wood can also be painted or stained upon request, helping the pergola mesh with your home yet still stand out.

What Is the Point of a Pergola?

Pergolas can be used in many ways.

  • They can be used to draw the eye and create curb appeal.
  • Pergolas can provide much-needed shade outdoors.
  • They can be an economical way to cover your outdoor living area.
  • Pergolas can create a lounging area outdoors.
  • They can be made into a pool house.
Pergola Rafters

What Are the Benefits of Pergolas?

Pergolas have many benefits, including but not limited to:


Pergolas provide a shady getaway when you need some reprieve from the harsh rays of the sun. That will allow you to sit back and relax during the warm season.

Extension of Your Outdoor Living Area

If you enjoy BBQing or hosting gatherings outside, pergolas are a great choice. They add a charming look to your outdoor living space, providing a semi-covered area where your guests can spend time and enjoy their visit.

Covering for Your Garden

You can’t go wrong with a pergola if you have a garden. Pergolas provide a wall and cover for your plants to grow around, which can be inviting and beautiful. In addition, they provide a little shade for plants underneath the rafters.

Is a Pergola a Patio Cover?

Pergolas are a type of patio cover in the sense that they can go over your patio to provide shade. However, patio covers are generally fully covered and don’t let in the elements. A pergola, on the other hand, features lattice beams with openings (unless you decide to add a cover on top).

Both pergolas and covered patios are wonderful options to enhance your outdoor space. Why would you get a pergola over a covered patio?

Here are a few reasons:

  • Pergolas are more affordable.
  • Pergolas work great for gardens, allowing sunshine and rain to enter through the rafters.
  • Pergolas don’t need to be attached to the home.
Shade Pergola

Contact Top Form Contracting Today | Albany, OR

Now that you know what a pergola is, you can probably imagine all the ways it could bring life back to your yard. If you’re ready to start pergola construction, we’ve got you covered.

Not only are we a local contractor who takes pride in our work, but we’re also competitively priced and known for our great customer service.

Contact us online here, or call us today at (541) 926-4597 to ask about our pergola and patio cover services in Albany, OR.

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