The Difference Between Gazebos, Pergolas, and Pavilions

The Difference Between Gazebos, Pergolas, and Pavillions carroll landscaping

Pergolas, gazebos, and pavilions are outdoor living structures, each with its own unique style and purpose.

If you are looking to enhance your backyard area, you have a few options to choose from. Pergolas, gazebos, and pavilions are outdoor living structures, each with its own unique style and purpose. If you’re looking to enhance your yard, you may wonder, what is the difference between these structures? As spring approaches, now is the perfect time to consider adding a beautiful structure to your landscape to relax and entertain guests in the comfort of your backyard. Let’s go over the differences between these three outdoor structures.


Gazebos are arguably the most familiar and popular backyard landscape structures for relaxation. They are free-standing outdoor structures built to enhance one’s backyard landscape and have solid roofs to block out weather conditions. Classic gazebos are octagonal, but there are various ways to construct them. Gazebos have deck floors and provide a large sitting area for entertaining. There are plenty of ways to enjoy your gazebo once it’s been completed. You can set up a table and chairs under the gazebo to host an outdoor dinner gathering. 


A pavilion is an open architectural structure with a roof covering the entire structure. The roof provides shade and full protection from the sun and rain. The open sides also allow a breeze to cool things down on hot summer days. Unlike gazebos, pavilions can be larger and accommodate dinner tables or outdoor furniture. Pavilions are the best place to host outdoor events without worrying about rain, bright sunlight, or anything else. When building a pavilion, there are a few factors to consider in the design. You want a sturdy structure that matches your home and provides comfort.


Pergolas are becoming increasingly common in the Maryland area as an accent structure for gardens or elegant landscaping accent. Pergolas are rectangular or square structures composed of posts and pillars with supporting beams to form an open lattice structure. Often pergolas are compared to gazebos and pavilions, but unlike the two, pergolas are traditionally used for aesthetic purposes. The lattice-style roof can still offer partial shade but also gives a more open and airy feel to the area’s ambiance. This roof style can also be suitable for hanging plants with long vines and branches or climbing plants that grow and intertwine on trellises.

A new pavilion, gazebo, or pergola will extend your usable outdoor space, enhance curb appeal, and boost your property value. Carroll Landscaping provides our customers with top-notch design, construction, installation, and maintenance!

Interested in Improving Your Outdoor Living Space? Consider Landscape and Hardscaping Design Services from Carroll Landscaping

Carroll Landscaping has over 30 years of experience with landscape construction, porch construction, deck building, and hardscape installation. Our award-winning landscape designers are passionate about providing customers with top-notch service and landscape design. Our landscape designers have a creative design outlook and work as a team with our installation crews to make your vision a reality. We are committed to providing every customer with the highest quality workmanship, professional and knowledgeable service, and creativity in design in order to surpass our clients’ expectations in every aspect of the project.

We serve residents throughout the beautiful state of Maryland including Baltimore, Columbia, Ellicott City, Eldersburg, Clarksville, Sykesville, Manchester, Westminster, and Woodstock. For more information and to schedule a consultation with one of our expert designers, contact us online or give us a call at 410-922-2416.

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