A pergola is a garden feature forming a shaded walkway, or entertaining area for the great Australian Barbeque. The pergola may also be an extension of a building, or serve as protection for an open terrace. Pergolas may link or extend from a building’s door to an open garden feature such as an isolated terrace or pool. Freestanding pergolas, those not attached to a home or other structure, provide a sitting area that allows for breeze and light sun, but offers protection from the harsh glare of direct sunlight. Pergolas also give climbing plants a structure on which to grow.
Modern pergola designs of wood rather than brick or stone pillars are more affordable and are increasing in popularity. Generally, pergolas are either made from a weather-resistant wood, such as Treated Pine or Hardwood and are painted or stained. These structures can also have a roof covering from Tin to Polycarbonate material that comes in many colours.