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The Joys of Operable Pergolas or the Tradition of Standard

Find out Which Addition Suits Your Recreational Lifestyle

Investing in a new addition for your Oklahoma City home is never an easy decision simply because there are so many options. That’s why the experts at Community Builders of Oklahoma City are here to help. A major contender for home add-ons are pergolas, both operable and traditional. One of the reasons pergolas have become so popular is because of their affordability. They are typically more affordable than adding an extra bedroom, garage, or any other structure. They also add a great deal of visual intrigue to your outdoor space with their signature architectural appeal. Suffice it to say that pergolas are one of the best additions you can make for your home but deciding between operable and traditional can be somewhat of a challenge. To help you decide which is right for you, we must examine the major difference between the two and if one is advantageous over the other.

Is an Operable Pergola Worth the Cost?

The primary difference between operable and traditional pergolas is that the operable one has a functional roof. This means that the roof slats can open and close. However, this functionality can drastically affect how you use your pergola. By using a slow-motion motor, the roof slats can be opened or closed depending on the user’s preference at the time. This means you can enjoy your outdoor space regardless of what the weather is like. Since this type of pergola can provide a more complete shelter than its counterpart, it is largely seen as the better option.

The largest disadvantage is that operable pergolas require a power supply. This means that they usually must be installed within close proximity to your home. Operating the roof may also negatively impact climbing plants like ivy. If you prefer to have climbing plants grow around these structures, then keeping them out of the roof slats is key. In the end, operable pergolas and traditional pergolas are largely the same with the exception of operable pergolas being able to better protect you from the elements. Since traditional pergolas don’t offer you the same protection, your time outdoors will be largely dependent on the weather.

Decision: Operable or Traditional

When all is said and done, the decision does lie with the homeowner’s preference. If you prefer to have a protection from the elements but still want to enjoy looking at the sky, then operable pergolas are the way to go. For those that prefer a free standing pergola but don’t have the means to generate where it would stand, a traditional pergola may be best. The price difference can be taken into consideration but you must also take into account that an operable pergola is practically two home additions in one. If you still need help deciding which pergola is best for you, then contact us today for your free consultation.

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