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Pergolas and verandas are both garden structures that share some similarities. As a result of this, sometimes the two terms are use synonymously, leading some to believe that they are the same thing.


Although they can both be found in the garden, pergolas and verandas are two very different things. If you’re looking to add a garden structure to your home, it’s probably best to know the difference between a pergola and a veranda!



What is a Pergola?

A pergola is a free-standing structure that can be added to any outdoor space. Pergolas are typically used to provide shade to either a walkway or seating area. In lieu of a roof they usually feature cross-beams that rest upon posts or pillars that plant vines crawl up. Sometimes these cross-beams have open lattice, to encourage this plant growth. In fact, the name ‘pergola’ itself comes from the Latin word ‘pergula’, which refers to a projecting eave.


Pergolas are closer to being a type of gazebo than they are a garden room.


What is a veranda?

A veranda, also sometimes spelt ‘verandah’, by definition must be attached to your home. Built up against a wall of your house, a veranda consists of a roof supported by several posts.


In this way they differ from pergolas, which are free-standing structures. Verandas also typically offer more shelter than a pergola, particularly against rain, since pergolas are only really designed to offer shade while walking.


Verandas are fantastic garden structures for outdoor dining, socialising, and relaxing. If you’re looking to create an outdoor space that can be used come rain or shine, a veranda is your best bet.


SunSpaces offer a vast range of verandas, including a budget friendly DIY veranda that you can easily install yourself! Our range of verandas are designed to suit every style, and come in a range of measurements and colours to suit your unique dimensions and aesthetics.


If you’re interested in taking a look at the selection of verandas available from SunSpaces today, click the link below.

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If you have any questions about any of our verandas and their suitability to your property, feel free to get in touch today. A member of our customer service team will answer any questions you may have, and help you find the perfect garden building for you!

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