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Pergola Or Lattice – What’s The Difference?

What is the Difference Between A Pergola and Lattice Cover?

With all of the different outdoor projects out there it is definitely ok if you find yourself wondering about terminology you might not always be able to visualize. In today’s episode of outdoor living trivia, we will explore the world of pergolas. Wondering what the difference is between a pergola and a lattice cover?

Well, the answer is it’s kind of a trick question. Technically they are both a pergola by definition. However, structurally there are a few differences between the two. A pergola of course, is the original godfather of it all. Dating back to ancient Rome, pergolas have graced the landscapes of Italy and beyond.

What exactly is a pergola?

A pergola is technically an outdoor structure with columns that support a shaded roof structure. For free standing pergolas, four columns are usually the typical structure and for pergolas that connect to the home, they might have two columns rather than four. It is designed to create a shaded area but gives access to natural sunlight. Traditionally pergolas were made out of wood but today we can find a variety of styles for pergolas which can also be made out of a variety of materials including durable, easy to clean, and long lasting aluminum - like Alumi-Cover.


What is a lattice cover?

Lattice covers are structures that are very similar in style to pergolas but actually are usually attached to the home with two columns and with one distinct difference; the roof. Lattice covers have a unique style with rafters, or horizontal beams almost creating a fenced look on top. This allows for natural sunlight to shine in and is great for hanging plants. Imagine those pergola style structures with hanging grapes from the top–probably a lattice cover.

If there is one easy way to add outdoor living space to your backyard, a pergola or lattice cover might do the trick. It is a versatile space that adds value and adds living space to your backyard. It is a great place for hanging plants, relaxing in the summertime, perfect for keeping pets cool, and great for hosting dinner parties.

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Whether you choose a pergola, lattice cover, or anything in between, we are always here to help you dream up your perfect version of an outdoor living space that is suitable for your needs.