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Build a Chicagoland Pergola with Daybreaker Landscapes

Pergolas have attracted people who enjoy outdoor living since ancient times. There’s a reason for that! They’re a practical, cost-effective, and beautiful way to add shelter to your outdoor hardscape.

If you want to add a pergola to your property, hire the experienced team from Daybreaker Landscapes. We’ve been helping customers like you for over ten years.

Our knowledge and skills will help us to transform your property into a beautiful oasis. We can develop a design that matches your décor and improves the look of your outdoor area.

We offer a range of materials for every budget and taste. Our team of Lake in the Hill pergola experts will install your pergola on your residential or commercial property when it’s most convenient for you.

Whether you just moved in or need to improve your space’s lived-in aesthetics, we’ll create something that you can enjoy for years to come. Call Daybreaker Landscapes at (815) 596-0070 today for a free pergola quote.

What Is a Pergola?

A pergola is a structure without walls supported by cross beams. These beams form a roof structure that can be open or completely covered. We usually install pergolas outside on a deck or patio. They provide the best of both worlds: some shade and protection from the elements and the feeling of being truly outside.

There are four main types of pergolas: attached, freestanding, gabled, and lattice. Each offers advantages and provides a different look. Depending on the materials you choose for the design, one could add flair to your exterior space, or it could blend in with your existing structures.

Attached pergolas are basically an extension of your home. You can build one over a deck or patio. One side will be supported by the exterior wall of your commercial or residential structure. It’s a great choice if you want to expand your indoor/outdoor living area and makes for a great place to entertain guests or enjoy the beautiful weather with your family. Well-built pergolas can increase the value of your home.

Freestanding pergolas don’t need the support of an exterior wall. You can install one anywhere on your property. This type works best in a garden or landscape that needs some shade. You can build it near a pool and add lounge chairs to make a fun cabana. If you want to add an interesting element to your garden, you can create a vine-covered pergola or hang flower pots from your pergola’s beams.

Gabled pergolas feature a triangular, or gabled, roof. They add a unique look to anyone’s backyard with more vertical space than a traditional pergola. When it rains, you won’t have to worry about your furniture getting wet or the roof suffering from the weight of the water. The pitched roof will allow water to roll off the sides. You’ll also be protected from the sun. The sloping sides will be warmed by indirect sunlight and heat more slowly than a flat roof, so you’ll stay cooler longer.

Lattice pergolas are built of materials that cross over each other to create a basket or lattice pattern. Many customers choose to install lattice on their pergola’s roof to provide extra shade from outdoor elements.  Lattice is a perfect material for vines, flowers, or other decorative items.

You Can Choose From Different Materials

Wood is the most popular material for pergolas. But at Daybreaker Landscapes, we offer more than that. Contact us to discuss your needs, and we can point you towards a building material that meets your style, budget, and functional needs.


Wood gives pergolas a natural and rustic look. You can use it for freestanding or attached structures. It’s one of the most common choices people make when designing their pergola. The natural wood look appeals to many of our customers, but some prefer to paint it.

The most popular types of wood for outdoor pergolas are cedar, mahogany, teak, and redwood. They’re great choices because their natural oils protect them from termites, decay, rotting, fungi, and warping. During the building process, we can seal your wood to provide additional protection against environmental factors like rain.


Metal offers endless possibilities for your outside space. Whether you want an industrial look or fairytale details, we can shape your metal pergola to your taste.

Metal is often the best option for large pergolas. It’s strong enough to support the weight of a substantial structure, and it won’t splinter or warp like wood.

Metal’s one drawback is rust. Metal pergolas require regular maintenance to keep them looking perfect. We can use techniques to protect your structure. The galvanization process applies a protective coating that prevents rust from forming on metal surfaces.


PVC stands for polyvinyl chloride, which is a kind of plastic. It’s a great budget option for pergolas. It also doesn’t require much maintenance, and you won’t have to worry about the weather factors ruining your pergola like you would with a metal or wood design. Simply power wash it every few months to keep it clean, and it will look pristine.

If you choose a thick type of PVC, it will provide both strength and durability. Your pergola won’t warp, crack, or rot over time. It will remain protected from the sun, wind, rain, and snow. A PVS pergola is the best choice if you’re looking for a cost-effective material that’s also low maintenance.

Brick or Stone

Our customers often choose brick or stone to match the exterior of their home or another structure on their property. You can use different colors and combinations of materials to create a unique look that complements your outdoor space.

Brick and stone hold up well against many weather conditions, and they’re fire-resistant. Once construction is complete, you won’t have to spend much time on maintenance.

Although they’re sturdy and long-lasting, brick and stone are also expensive. It’s a more challenging material to build a pergola with, so hiring an experienced professional like ours at Daybreaker Landscapes is a must.

The Advantages of Adding a Pergola to Your Property

If you want to enhance the look of your residential or commercial property, consider adding a pergola. It’s a simple option that transforms your exterior space.

The design and materials you choose can add sophistication to your business or create a cozy area for your family to relax.

Some of the advantages of building a pergola on your property include:

  • Definition: A pergola gives your outdoor space purpose. You can use it as an entertainment area, outdoor dining, or lounge. You get to define it! If you don’t have a patio or deck, a pergola is a perfect solution for an exterior living space.
  • Privacy: Pergolas allow you to enjoy the outdoors, but you can add latticework, curtains, or other structures to enhance privacy. While you’re enjoying the weather, you won’t have to worry about nosy neighbors watching you.
  • Plants: Pergolas are great structures to use as elevated gardens. You can add vines, plants, and flowers to its sides and roof. You can add height and texture to your traditional garden bed.
  • Shade: Protect yourself from the sun and weather with a pergola. The design you choose can feature a solid roof, or you can add shrubbery or drapes to block harsh sunlight while allowing a pleasant, dappled light.
  • Value: Adding hardscapes to your property can increase the value of your home. A pergola is more affordable than most structures and adds sophistication and beauty to any outdoor space.
  • Variety: We offer many options to choose from when you design your pergola. You can pick from different sizes, shapes, materials, and colors. You’ll also have a choice between building it against your home or on another area of your property. You can create something to match your style and budget.
  • Combinations: Pergolas don’t follow any rules. You can do whatever you want with it, including combining it with other structures on your property. You can design a pergola as an entryway into a seating area in your garden. You could even combine it with a veranda to extend your outdoor living, dining, or entertainment area.
  • Cost: If you’re on a strict budget, you can use specific materials to keep costs low. Even visually appealing and comfortable pergolas can be inexpensive.
  • Maintenance: Many pergolas are easier to maintain than other outdoor structures. If you choose the right materials, your pergola will remain sturdy and stand up to bad weather. You might only have to clean it a few times a year.

Choose Daybreaker Landscapes for Your Pergola Needs

If you want to add a unique and beautiful pergola to your property, contact Daybreaker Landscapes today. We’ll create something that matches your style and complements the other structures in your space.

If you have your own design ideas, we can turn your dream into reality. We’ll use quality materials during the building stage and install it in the perfect area so that you can enjoy your pergola for years to come.

To find out more about our hardscaping services or request a free quote, call us at (815) 596-0070.