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Archadeck of Central SC explores the principles of creating the perfect pergola for your backyard

An outdoor oasis in Columbia, SC.

An outdoor oasis with pergola in Columbia, SC.

Arbors, trellises, and pergolas are a great way to add character to your deck, patio and landscape because they add a vertical element that is often lacking. You might have noticed these structures used in historical illustrations and artwork. The appeal of these elegant outdoor structures has spanned many generations. They have been around for hundreds of years. We can trace the origins of the pergola all the way back to the 1654 when it was borrowed from the Italian word, pergula, meaning a projected eave. Of course, the Italians were believed to have used the pergola for growing grapes and other climbing vegetation. Since the pergola’s vertical design allows vegetation to grow upward, it allows for better use of space. The modern pergola has moved out of the vineyards and into the backyard as an elemental design piece that is not only beautiful but also multi-functional. Archadeck of Central SC is the area’s premier pergola builder and our pergola designs can be as simplistic or ornate as our customers see fit, from two-beam, or four-beam, wall mount or detached designs, the choices are endless.

Garden Pergola Retreat

Garden Pergola Retreat.

Pergolas are one of the most versatile of all outdoor structures because they provide benefit for many locations and purposes within the landscape. They come in all shapes and sizes and can be built from many different materials. The posts of the pergola can be decorative or wrapped to match the architecture and style of your home. This ensures a one-of-a-kind pergola custom-built just for you. They can be outfitted with accoutrements such as hammocks, benches and swings and can be wired for ceiling fans or even speakers. Pergolas add an air of romance when used as a freestanding structure, often referred to as an arbor or trellis, within the landscape and as an accompaniment to other outdoor living spaces, just for starters. Here is a peek into the pergola possibilities Archadeck of Central SC can provide in your backyard.

Large deck with with white vinyl pergola

This spacious pergola offers this deck aesthetic value and shade benefits.

Made in the shade

Pergolas play the role of a shade structure to rave reviews when used as part of an outdoor living combination. A pergola design can help block out heat and the sun’s harmful rays. How closely the upper portioned slats (purlins) are constructed will determine how much shade and sun protection the pergola will provide. A pergola adds charm, beauty and extended function to your deck or patio space along with much-needed shade if the configuration of your outdoor space receives a lot of sun. We can even install a tinted polycarbonate cover to further block the sun’s harmful rays. If these are installed on a slight slant they will allow water to drain properly, too.

Deck with kitchen and pergola and ample pull out room for outdoor furnishings

Deck with kitchen and pergola. Notice how the pergola defines the dining space.

A unique feature to tie-in an outdoor kitchen

A pergola can add sizzle to the style of your integrated outdoor kitchen design. Many times, an outdoor kitchen or dining area will appear “lost” within an outdoor living combination space. By using the pergola to flank the dimensions of your dining areas or outdoor kitchen, you can enhance the aesthetics of your functional spaces tremendously.

This pressure treated wood pergola provide a sense of space definition around this hot tub deck

This pressure treated wood pergola provides privacy to this hot tub deck

A privacy feature for poolside and spa side

A pergola also makes a perfect companion spa or poolside and offers a certain degree of privacy by keeping prying eyes from looking directly into your pool or spa space.

As you can see, the ways the pergola can serve homeowners in their backyards seems endless.Pergolas can be a cost-effective way to add character, style and function to your backyard. Contact Archadeck of Central SC to learn more about our stunning custom pergola designs today. Call for a free consultation:(803) 603 – 2160, Email:

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

The Archadeck of Central SC team – Mike Reu, Marshall Reu and Tucker ReuPergolas can be a cost-effective way to add character, style and function to your backyard. Contact Archadeck of Central SC to learn more about our stunning custom pergola designs today. Call for a free consultation: (803) 603 –

To see more examples of pergolas please visit our pergola and trellis photo gallery located on our website.

Archadeck of Central SC invites you to imagine the outdoor living possibilities of adding a pergola to your backyard space

Central SC deck and pergola with seating wall

This Central SC custom deck features a pergola and built- in seating for the ultimate outdoor room.

We have watched the popularity of the pergola grow over the last few years to epic proportions. Whether used alone in the landscape or garden, or used in conjunction with another outdoor living structure, the pergola has become a timeless structure in its own right. Flip through the pages of any home and garden magazine, or peruse any outdoor design website, and the pergola is surely stealing the spotlight.

The owners of this pergola added a canopy to shade the sun

The owners of this pergola added a canopy to help shade the sun.

Pergola additions come with many benefits other than just the obvious aesthetic value they provide. Pergolas do deliver a measure of shade to a sunny outdoor space. The amount of shade pergolas can provide is solely dependent on the construction details of the pergola itself. A pergola that is built with wider rafters or  cross beams that are placed closer  together will provide more shade than one built with these elements farther apart. All of these factors however are influenced by the intended placement of your pergola in correlation to the direction and amount of sunlight your location receives. Homeowners can also add shade canopies, awnings or curtains to their pergola to receive even more protection from the sun. Many of these options look quite nice and are designed with an extra measure to help block the dangerous UVA and UVB rays from the sun.

There is also no denying the cosmetic benefit adding a pergola can provide to your backyard. Pergolas just simply look good in any setting. They can add depth and help define a deck or patio or be placed within the landscape with seating or even a swing to create a special spot to read or just relax.  Pergolas also allow design freedom because you can mix mediums in your design and create an eclectic space when creating your unique addition. Archadeck of Central SC put together a video that outlines just a few of the endless possibilities of adding a pergola to your outdoor space…

Composite deck and pergola combination in Columbia

Composite deck and pergola combination in Columbia, SC.

The added beauty a pergola provides will enhance your home and landscape and become an asset to your home. Pergolas can be as simple or ornate as the homeowner would like. In some cases an attached pergola will actually add square footage to your home’s municipal tax base adding monetary value to your home and giving you a pergola that actually pays for itself!

If you would like to learn more about the pergola options for your existing backyard space, or   you are considering an outdoor living space addition including a pergola, contact Archadeck of Central SC today. Call us for a free consultation (803) 603 – 2160

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

The Archadeck of Central SC team – Mike Reu, Marshall Reu and Tucker Reu

Please visit our pergola and trellis photo gallery on our website to see more examples of our diverse pergola designs.