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Howdy, Y’all! Today we compare a pavilion vs pergola.

Pavilions and pergolas are two popular outdoor structures that can make your oasis pop and add some functionality to it too. These structures provide much-needed shade and privacy while creating a relaxing ambiance.

But some differences between these two are worth noting. Let’s take a closer look.

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Now, pavilions are big structures that are often enclosed with walls and have solid roofs made of wood, metal, or concrete. They offer complete shelter and protection from the elements, so you don’t have to worry about inclement weather interfering with your relaxation.

They are perfect for outdoor events, outdoor kitchens, or dining areas and can accommodate 5 to 15 or more folks. These versatile structures are popular among many homeowners, but they’re typically more expensive than pergolas and are installed as permanent structures into the ground.

In summary, pavilions;

  • Have a solid roof, usually made of wood or metal
  • Serve as a shelter to protect from the elements
  • Are ideal for hosting events
  • Can be rectangular or customized to specific needs



Pergolas are open structures that provide partial shade and allow natural light to filter through. They’re smaller and have a lattice roof made from crisscrossed wooden beams (joists). Pergolas are perfect for sprucing up your outdoor space and adding a touch of elegance to a patio or yard. They’re less expensive than pavilions and can be installed permanently or moved to different locations, depending on your needs.

To sum it up, pergolas:

  • Consist of vertical posts with cross beams and a lattice top
  • Can be installed permanently or moved
  • Can provide shade with a filtered light effect
  • Can be freestanding or attached to the house
traditional pergola

Traditional pergola

To wrap Up

Both pavilions and pergolas can add some real value to your property, enhance your outdoor living spaces, and provide a space for entertaining.

They come in all sorts of styles and colors and can even be customized with curtains or drapes for some added privacy. And you know what’s even better? They both have a potential return on investment of around 50%-80%! That’s a mighty good return if you ask me.

So, there you go, folks! Take care.

George Gitau

Meet George, an advocate for traditional craftsmanship. I will provide you with educational content, techniques and ideas for your next garden and home improvement project. Together, let's create beautiful spaces that are not only beautiful but also functional

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