Pergola’s and Verandah’s in Melbourne. What’s the Difference Between the Two?

Pergola or Verandah

Verandahs or Pergola

Pergola or Verandah. What exactly is the distinction between the two and how do you choose?

If you are looking to make alterations around your Melbourne home to maximize outdoor living, there are multiple ways to do so. Depending on the available space and how you want to use it in terms of recreation or enjoyment, you can either opt for a verandah or a patio, or even both.
To see which one might be your best choice, it’s important to note the differences and make a more educated decision, as some of these include making fairly permanent additions to the property.

A verandah is an attached outdoor structure with a roof that runs along one or more sides of the home. Conversely, the patio is a paved recreation area that may be attached to the house or be freestanding on its own. It may or may not have a roof. These are typically popular for outdoor entertaining or simply relaxation. For a patio, there are plenty of factors to consider, including size, choice of pavers, permanent roof covering or retractable to suit the weather etc.

A third option is adding a pergola, which too is an outdoor structure either attached to the house or standing on its own. However, unlike the patio, the pergola besides serving a purpose is often designed to enhance the aesthetics of a backyard or a garden. It could be large or small but will not have a roof. Often rafters with slats, shade fabric or simply open.

While one or more of these features can be added to the house to optimally use open spaces, it may help to take professional help. This will ensure that you end up with something that meets your needs. Before choosing between the two you really need to look at your budget and get a quote for both. Sometimes space is an issue as well and a small, wooden patio might be more suitable for your home. You will also have to look at what features you want with your outdoor area and if you are looking at adding a sunroof option you will have to go with a pergola.

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