Here in St. Louis, the air has lost its winter chill.  The sun is shining, trees are budding and temps have inched-up toward 80 degrees this week.

According to Mother Nature, it’s time to fire-up your lawnmower, the weed wacker and maybe the grill.

But is it time to renovate your outdoor living space too?

Decks with Pergolas by Archadeck, St. Louis, Mo

Decks with Pergolas by Archadeck, St. Louis, Mo

As the weather continues to warm, relief from the sun comes-to-mind and that’s where a pergola becomes your deck’s new-best-friend.

If you’re wondering about pergola possibilities, well just read on…

Deck Pergolas by Archadeck

Deck Pergolas by Archadeck

The prospects for a pergola design are nearly endless when it come to size, shape, building materials and enhanced features.  So let’s take a look at some stand-out, past projects by Archadeck.  

Partial Deck Pergola vs Full Deck Pergola vs More-Than-One-Pergola

As seen in the photo above, your deck doesn’t need to be totally covered by a pergola.  In fact, partial coverage is often preferred.

If you love to grill or sunbathe, a small-scale pergola is the way to go.

On the other hand, if you want overall shade…

Attached Pergola Fully Shades Deck, St. Louis Mo, by Archadeck

Attached Pergola Fully Shades Smaller Deck, St. Louis Mo, by Archadeck

As a side note:  Smaller decks are good candidates for a broad structure whereas a partial pergola works best with a roomy deck to define certain areas and reduce the ‘load’ (weight) overhead.

A second way to visually break-up sections of a spacious deck is to have more than one pergola built at strategic angles for sun screening or to mark a deck’s entryway near steps.

Deck with Two Pergolas by Archadeck

Deck with Two Pergolas by Archadeck

Wood vs Vinyl vs Fiberglass Deck Pergola

After making a design decision, it’s time to choose a building material.  Some homeowners prefer to duplicate the decking… others prefer to complement and contrast products.   Style and price often influence the selection.

A wood pergola usually conveys a heavier, rustic, or masculine look.  On the other hand, a white vinyl pergola with round columns is built with formality or elegance in mind and is ideal for cottage or country decor too.

Cedar Pergolas by Archadeck

Cedar Pergolas by Archadeck

Deck with Pergola, St. Charles Mo by Archadeck of West County in St. Louis

Deck with Pergola, St. Charles Mo by Archadeck of West County in St. Louis

Or how about fiberglass or aluminum?  Well, fiberglass and aluminum are lighter weight and lower maintenance when compared to other materials; however, they’re significantly more expensive… with somewhat limited availability.*

*Color options are available for woods, vinyls, fiberglass and aluminum.  Most customers tend to choose wood or vinyl or a combination thereof but talk with a local contractor for the pros and cons of each. 

Wood and Low Maintenance Pergolas by Archadeck

Wood and Low Maintenance Pergolas by Archadeck

Standard vs Customized Deck Pergola

Did you know that a pergola doesn’t necessarily need to be square or rectangular?

Interesting shapes include curved or rounded, fanned or cornered, tiered or truss-like.  A combo project that incorporates a privacy rail or a trellis is fabulous and functional.

Pergola and Deck by Archadeck

Pergola and Deck by Archadeck

Deck Pergola with Privacy Screen, St. Louis Mo, by Archadeck

Deck Pergola with Privacy Screen, St. Louis Mo, by Archadeck

Enhanced Deck Pergola Features

Want even more shade, comfort and convenience?  Did you know you can enhance a pergola’s functionality by adding decorative or solar panels, a canopy and mosquito curtains or lights and a ceiling fan?

Deck Pergola with Decorative Panels by Archadeck

Deck Pergola with Decorative Panels by Archadeck

Beyond other enhancements, don’t forget the obvious… use your pergola throughout the year to hang seasonal plants and flowers.  Or grow interesting vines.

Foliage will supplement shade while adding bursts of color too!

Key Takeaways

  • Deck pergolas are a cool option to fight the hot sun.
  • Decks look and feel like an ‘outdoor room’ with a pergola overhead.
  • Material-wise, you can duplicate or contrast your pergola and deck.
  • A canopy, solar panel and mosquito curtain will offer a safeguard from rain, sun or bugs.
  • Combined with an arbor, trellis or privacy screen, a pergola will nicely top-off your deck.
  • Your deck’s pergola will support plants.  Add ’em… they look fantastic.

Next Steps?

To explore more ideas about decks and pergolas, just visit our website, west-county.archadeck.com.   You’ll see photo galleries and videos, an online form, and a free download for Archadeck’s design guide. 

If you live in St. Louis MO, or nearby areas, and are ready to speak to a builder, please consider Archadeck.  Our offices are in St. Louis West County and best of all, we’re locally owned and operated.  We know St. Louis because we live here and we work here too!

(Archadeck of West County and St. Charles County serves most of the Greater St. Louis territory.)

Corner Wood Pergola for Gray Composite Deck, by Archadeck in St. Louis Mo

Corner Wood Pergola for Gray Composite Deck, by Archadeck in St. Louis Mo

We’d be happy to answer your questions and meet with you, 636.227.0800

Don’t live in St. Louis?  Then just go to archadeck.com to find a location near your hometown.

Sources

livescience.com, Nashville City Paper, Revolutionary Gardens, Structure Works Fabrication, Home Guides SF Gate, Archadeck Outdoor Living, Archadecks in Central South Carolina, Chicago IL, Fort Wayne IN, Central Georgia, Front Range Colorado

Design Guide Cover by Matthew Victor, Intern for Archadeck of West County. Contact Matt by email at mtvictor00@gmail.com.  Matt has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems Management from the University of Missouri–St. Louis and is currently completing a second degree in Graphic Design.

Archadeck Outdoor Living's Free Design Guide, Cover Graphic by Matthew Victor

Archadeck Outdoor Living’s Free Design Guide, Cover Graphic by Matthew Victor