What is the difference between a trellis, arbor and pergola? - The three words are often used interchangeably, and while this is possible, there are subtle differences that set the three apart. A trellis normally utilizes latticework to support climbing plants and vines. A trellis can be placed on the side of a home, attached to the outside wall itself, or freestanding in any garden. An arbor incorporates latticework as well, though the difference is in its shape. It is often shaped as an archway to create an entrance or shade over a seating area. Arbors can also be used to support climbing plants and vines. A pergola is much like an arbor, but has a much more roof-like top and support poles. It is not as often used to support climbing plants and vines, but instead to provide shade to a deck, patio or walkway.
Can I attach a pergola or arbor to my house? - Most certainly. These structures are easy to attach to most homes just like a deck or patio.
What is the best site for my pergola? - Your pergola will have a different look from your home's various vantage points, so take time to note the sight lines from the house, the interior windows, driveway, and any other point from which you want the pergola viewed. It's important to have your pergola placed so it does not block any ornamental gardens or look crowded into a corner. It's also important to consider vantage points from higher floors which may create a need for routing wires or conduits to hide ceiling fan attachments from above.
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