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What is the difference between an arbour, a pergola and a trellis?
November 13, 2018

Arbours, pergolas and trellises are all structures meant to beautify an outdoor area. However, they also have several differences, from appearance to size to other uses.

If you’re looking to add something special to your yard, you may be considering adding an arbour, pergola or trellis. Here are some of the main differences to help you choose which option would best suit your space and needs.


What is a trellis?

We are going to start with trellises, as these structures are often incorporated into arbours and pergolas as well.

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A trellis is a decorative and intricate structure that is made of latticework. These are often used to grow vines or other plants, in order to offer a bit of shade and privacy without fully blocking out the view, or just as a decoration on its own.


What is an arbour?

Arbours typically act as a sort of ‘tunnel’ or entryway into a certain area. They are used mainly as decoration, and are often made of a combination of trellises and posts.

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Arbours are often used to separate one area of a yard from another, and can be flat on top or curved like an archway.


What is a pergola?

Pergolas are meant to cover a certain area for shade, privacy and ambiance.

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While pergolas are also typically made of a combination of trellises and posts, they are larger than arbours and may also require beams. Their purpose is more so to create a specific space with an outdoor roof-life structure, and may be used to cover a patio table or hot tub.

Looking to add a pergola, trellis or arbour to your property in the Fraser Valley? We create all three! Click here to learn more about our options, and contact us if you would like more information. Check out our free Fencing Guide for more information about fencing options. 

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