What are dis/advantages of vinyl or wood arbors?

JotaRo(7)September 29, 2013

Hello all,

I would like to buy an arbor for my garden and am curious to hear about experiences from others regarding which is more durable and at the same time consistently attractive over time: vinyl or wood arbors? In your personal experience, what are dis/advantages of each?

Thank you,

Julia

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
kayjones(Mo6b)

Vinyl pergolas
Pros:

Virtually maintenance free
Durable
Rarely crack or split
Don't need to be painted
Don't sink or warp
Easily cleaned
Looks new for years
Moving a vinyl pergola is not hard
Vinyl is immune to bugs

Cons:

They Are Cookie-Cutter
Expensive
Finding Replacement Parts Can be Difficult
Light weight - must be securely anchored
Vines don't stick to vinyl as they will to wood

Wood Pergolas

Pros:

Wood gazebos look classy and traditional
TheyâÂÂre typically gorgeous
You can easily alter the colors with oil-based stain.
More style options with wood
Wood is more durable
Wood blends better with the landscape

Cons:

Wood requires a fair amount of maintenance
Wood needs to be cleaned, stained, and treated to keep them in good condition
Chemicals in treated wood can poison and kill some plants
Wood can warp, split and splinter over time
Wood welcomes termites and other kinds of critters
Depending on size, once secured in place, they are too heavy to relocate

    Bookmark   September 29, 2013 at 1:54PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
JotaRo(7)

That is quite a comprehensive response. Thank you kayjones!

    Bookmark   October 1, 2013 at 8:29PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Is there any reason to save these grape vines?
We bought a house a year back, and in the yard was...
dblank
Climbing Evergreen Vine for Zone 7A
I'm in Nashville, TN and would love an evergreen vine...
chelseapetaja
Looking for vine seeds
Hi! We are looking for vine seeds (flower) for a garden...
countryladies14
Best permanent indoor hanging vines?
Hello vine forum, Looking for some aesthetically pleasing...
gribbleton
Getting hops and honeysuckles to climb tall smooth posts?
I've got some vigorous hops vine, and so far less big...
fireweed22
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™