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We’re often asked for suggestions on how to get the most enjoyment out of backyard spaces. When it comes to designing your outdoor space, there are countless options to make the backyard haven of your dreams. Depending on the size of the property, an outdoor structure such as a pergola or gazebo could be a great choice to maximize the use of your yard. 

Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of adding one of these covered spaces to your outdoor area.

Pros of a Covered Backyard Structure

The first thing to consider when adding an outdoor structure in your yard is to decide on the style you want to build. While gazebos and pergolas are similar, they do have differences. Gazebos are traditionally built in a round or octagonal shape and contain a proper roof structure. In contrast, pergolas are built in a square or rectangular shape and offer partial covering. Pergolas tend to provide less coverage with their open roofs although they can also be modified to include more cover.

There are several benefits to having one of these structures in your backyard:

  • Gazebos provide ample shade from the hot summer sun, which means you’ll be able to enjoy more of the outdoors even in the warmer weather.
  • Gazebos provide shelter from the rain and will allow you to entertain outdoors even when the weather turns poor.
  • Both create inviting spaces for guests and add a welcoming seating area for entertaining.
  • Gazebos can be screened in, which is great for protecting from mosquitoes and other bugs, especially in the evenings.
  • With both options, you can add a little touch of outdoor charm by wiring lights along the structure making it the perfect outdoor space for those evenings when you don’t want to go back inside.

Cons of Pergolas and Gazebos

There are also some reasons why a covered outdoor structure may be less appealing for your backyard:

  • These structures may take up prime space. If you have a smaller yard, pergolas and gazebos can tend to make the open space appear even smaller.
  • Pergolas and gazebos require additional outdoor maintenance over time. Like a house, you will have to keep on the maintenance of the structure for it to remain in good condition throughout the changing seasons.

If you’re not sure if a pergola or gazebo would be a good fit for your outdoor space, consider what your yard might look like instead if you focused on landscaping the open area. Open air spaces allow more flexibility with your outdoor space. Unlike having to commit to a permanent structure, you can instead have beautifully landscaped designs such as walkways and gardens that embrace a more natural setting. Choosing landscape options like gardens and shrubbery can add colour to your backyard space, adding appeal throughout the changing seasons. It can also provide privacy from neighbours and traffic.

No matter what option you choose, Tree Amigos Landscaping can ensure you will have the property of your dreams. If you decide to create a covered space, we will ensure the design is perfected before we get started on it! 


Our full-service landscaping and design company has almost 20 years of experience in creating award-winning landscapes in St. Catharines and the Niagara region. Contact us here to learn more about our services.