About Arbors & Pergolas
You may select from many factory-designed
decorative ends, or you can provide your own
design sketch for custom rafters.  

View rafter specs
The purlins are the "top" of your arbor, and they
form the lattice-work that vines can grow on.  You
may increase the shade provided by increasing
the number of purlins on your arbor.

View purlin specs
Architectural Columns are load bearing,
fiberglass reinforced polymer composite. They
are weatherproof, insect-proof and highly durable.
Decorative caps and bases are made from the
same material to fit over the shaft through the
center of the cap or base without affecting the
column height. The 12-inch diameter 8 ft column
is rated to 18,000 pounds of compressive load.  
Select either round or square columns at the
same price.
Custom Arbors
Minimum concrete
footings should be a
2'x2'x2' cube or may be a
concrete pad having a
thickness of 5 inches at
the anchor point for
Custom arbors or
pergolas give you the
flexibility of designing  
outdoor living spaces at a
price you can afford!  
Custom colors are
available--just pick a
Sherwin Williams or
Benjamin Moore color
and provide us with the
Southern Exposure Arbors
Pergola is defined as:  A covered walk in a
garden, usually formed by a double row of posts
or pillars with joists above and covered by
climbing plants; provides the framework on which
climbing plants grow.  Pergola is an Italian word,
from the Latin

An arbor is defined as:  A shady resting place in a
garden or park, often made of rustic wood or
latticework on which plants, such as climbing
shrubs or vines, are grown.  Arbor stems from the
Middle English
erber, from Old French erbier.

Apparently the only real difference in the two terms
is length!  A pergola is usually a covered walkway
and an arbor is a covered place to have a bench
for resting.
 So, no matter what you call
it, the structure will be a beautiful
addition to your home!
What's the difference?  Pergolas vs. Arbors