What better way to enjoy the warm summer afternoons, than in your backyard in your own private oasis? When deciding on an outdoor structure, you may come across a number of different kinds, for example, huts, gazebos and pergolas. Here at Exotic Thatch we specialise in all things gazebos and are often asked by our clients about the difference between a gazebo and a pergola. At the end of the day, the decision comes down to the size of your yard, and the vibe you feel best suits your home.


A pergola is a structure that creates a shaded walkway or sitting area within your garden. Pergolas are often comprised of vertical posts that support cross beams and lattice. This provides shade but still gives a yard an open feel. You may find some pergolas with trained vines or plants woven into its canopy. This really helps the pergola blend into your backyard oasis.

Today, pergolas have been modernised and are now made from more heavy materials such as wood, aluminium or fibreglass. These contemporary pergolas are used is more public places such as parks, or shopping centres, are have a far less exotic vibe to them.


A gazebo is a freestanding, pavilion styled structure, open on all sides. Historically, gazebos were used to emphasize the breathtaking landscapes of the country side. Permanent, quality gazebos are built from sturdy wood and are designed to withstand the harsh conditions of the environment

The Primary Differences

  1. Gazebos are often round or octagonal in shape where pergolas are more square
  2. Gazebos have a fixed, sturdy and weatherproof roof where pergolas have cross beams with no fixed roof.
  3. Gazebos are typically a stand-alone structure where pergolas are usually linked to something or used to link other structures.

When deciding on what you need for your home, think about the purpose you need it to serve. Do you need it to be useable during any and all kinds of weather? Then a gazebo is for you. Do you want something less weatherproof and more natural looking, then try a pergola! It’s up to you! Find what works for your home and lifestyle

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