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Learn the difference between a pergola, patio cover, gazebo, arbor and trellis

There is much confusion over what to call garden structures. Is it an arbor, trellis, pergola, patio cover or gazebo? People often use these terms interchangeably and without knowing what each really means. Below you will find definitions for each of these structure types.

Since many of these terms are used interchangeably it is important to be able to explain what you want to a designer or contractor. Make sure you express whether you are looking for a freestanding or attached structure and whether you want it to have an open or solid roof. If you communicate these factors clearly you will end up with the right type of structure despite what you or your designer may call it.