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How to Build a Pergola

Create an inviting outdoor space that's partially shaded by overhead rafters and climbing vines.

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An open pergola can offer far more shade, privacy and landscaping opportunities than a covered shelter. The open roof lets light through while the rafters provide moderate shade. The structure doubles as a trellis for vines and other plantings. With no roofing, a pergola is also easier to build, less susceptible to winds and may be exempt from the building permit process.

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