Are you looking to install a patio enclosure that can turn your outdoor living space into an all-weather relaxation destination? When people envision a quality patio enclosure, often they think of a pergola or a sunroom. So, let’s take a look at the pros and cons of each structure to help determine which is best suited to your outdoor lifestyle.
Consisting of vertical support columns topped with a roof, a pergola can take on many forms. While they can be built from wood, vinyl, or fiberglass, the most advanced pergolas available are fabricated from high-quality, extremely durable, powder coated aluminum. The open design pergolas promote natural airflow through the patio enclosure.
Pergolas can be designed as four-post standalone structures or supported by two columns with one side attached to the home. Attaching the pergola right to the home allows the patio enclosure to become a seamless extension of the indoor living space. Built as a standalone structure, a pergola can carve out a defined living space in a backyard, garden, or pool deck.
Pergola roofs can be customized with solid panels that create full-time shade or with adjustable louvers built to control the amount of sun and shade your patio enclosure creates. The louvered roof pergolas we design, alongside our manufacturing partner, Azenco, seal out the rain when closed.
As its name explains, a sunroom is an added space directly connected to the home, often with all-glass walls and ceiling to allow natural light to bathe the room. Here in South Florida, sunrooms often incorporate an HVAC system to keep the space from overheating in the blazing sun. Often referred to as solariums, sun porches, Florida rooms, or patio rooms, sunrooms can be constructed as a standard home addition or available as a DIY kit for the home handyman.
More akin to a traditional indoor space than a pergola, a sunroom can house standard interior furnishings. Sunrooms are often favored by green thumb homeowners looking to ensure their plants get plenty of natural sunlight while living in a controlled temperature environment.
Depending on how you plan to use your outdoor space, there are some basic pros and cons when considering a pergola.
If you are considering turning your patio into a sunroom, you need to consider the following pros and cons.
A pergola and a sunroom are often discussed as similar options for patio enclosures, but as seen here, they vary greatly. Each offers its own unique benefits, but for homeowners looking to enjoy the outdoors, only a pergola can keep natural air flowing and give homeowners the ability to control the sun/shade balance on their patio. If you would like to discuss how we can customize a modern pergola to fit your outdoor lifestyle, contact us today.