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Looking for a stylish way to take refuge from the sun this summer? With a Tree Amigos pergola, you’ll be made in the shade!

To prove just how great these outdoor structures really are, we’ve compiled a list of 6 reasons why you should consider enhancing the quality of your backyard with a pergola.

Reasons to Consider a Pergola

Limitless Design Options

Pergolas can be built using a variety of materials, each with its own advantages and disadvantages:

Pressure-treated wood: A pressure-treated wood pergola is usually the least expensive option. These pergolas demonstrate a reasonable lifespan and look beautiful painted or stained. However, there is a possibility that the lumber warps, cracks and checks over time.

Cedar wood:  Cedar is a popular choice and for good reason! It’s naturally insect-resistant and looks beautiful in its natural silver-gray colour or stained. A cedar pergola is more expensive than its pressure-treated counterpart but utilizing this material will provide a longer lifespan.

Vinyl: If you’re looking to install a pergola that requires little maintenance, vinyl is your best bet. The only downside in opting for this material is that it’s not easy to paint over, leaving you with limited colour options.

Fiberglass: A fiberglass pergola is arguably the most expensive option. However, it does come with some significant benefits that aren’t available with other materials. Since the material is incredibly strong it can span longer distances without installing posts. Fiberglass also holds paint extremely well, and since it’s non-porous, it will not absorb moisture–the number one cause of cracking and peeling.

Maximizes outdoor space

Now that the nice weather is upon us, it’s no surprise that we’re looking to spend every minute outdoors. While decks and patios make great places to lounge during a gorgeous sunny day, if the weather turns sour, you’re forced to head back indoors.

Investing in a customized pergola provides shelter from the rain and a break from strong winds allowing you to sit outside regardless of the weather.

Guarantees privacy

If you’re looking to gain some privacy in your backyard, you should consider a pergola. Although they are initially open structures you can add latticework, shades, or curtains to make it your private oasis.

Offers a shaded area

Looking to enjoy a beautiful sun-shiny day without the threat of sunburn? Installing a pergola might just do the trick.

By customizing the size, spacing and orientation of the rafters, you can choose the amount of shade or sun you want your pergola to provide.

You can also plant radiant vining plants, like Virginia Creeper and Trumpet Vine, at the base of the structure for a natural canopy to generate even more shade.

Provides an entertainment haven

Pergolas provide the perfect space for outdoor entertainment! They are one of few structures that provide protection from the forces of nature without sacrificing that outdoor feeling.

You can set up comfortable furniture underneath, install some speakers and bring in a TV to make this new spot your outdoor sanctuary. You’ll never want to host a summer get-together couped up inside ever again.

Increases resell value

Not only is your pergola a great benefit to you, but if you ever decide to put your house on the market, it will help attract buyers. Experts estimate that attractive landscaping like pergolas can boost the value of your home by up to 20 percent.

Let Tree Amigos design the pergola of your dreams

If these benefits have inspired you to invest in this addition to your outdoor space, let us help! As one of the premier landscaping companies in St. Catharines and Niagara, we can design the pergola of your dreams.

Tree Amigos is a full-service St. Catharines landscaping company experienced in creating award-winning landscapes in the Niagara Region. If you’re ready to bring your envisioned pergola to life, contact us by phone at (905) 468-9557 or e-mail us at You can also request a quote by using our handy budgeting tool.