Patio Design and Installation


Arbors/PergolasThere are several ways in which you can enhance the look of your gardens and backyards and add an interesting element to it. Arbors and pergolas have been gaining more popularity over the years. If you want to enjoy your outdoor landscape while being protected from the sun, a pergola is the ideal option. A garden arbor, on the other hand, creates a sense of whimsy and romance in your landscape. Most people allow vines and creepers to grow on their arbors to add a rustic charm.

We at Setting Sun Patios & Decks have installed both pergolas and arbors in several backyards across Raleigh, Cary, Wake Forest, Garner and Apex. These installations are gaining more popularity in residential and sometimes commercial properties as well.

In Chapel Hill, Durham, Morrisville, Knightdale and Clayton, are clients have shown a marked interest in installing either a pergola or an arbor in their gardens. Some even expressed interest in trellis.


While originally arbors were intended to be structures that would provide shade in gardens, they are much more than that now. Some people use them to divide their landscape; others use them as doorways and archways to add interest to the outdoor spaces on your property.

Arbors are generally ideal for small gardens and backyards. They add structure to the space, create an entry way or a door way and can be used to act as vertical support to some plants and vines. Depending on what your purpose is, you can pick a great location for the arbor. If you just want to add interest to your backyard, you can place it anywhere you like. If you intend to use it for growing plants, you need to place it where the plants would receive sunlight and proper nutrition.

Moreover, the material would also differ. For decoration, you can order arbors made from redwood, cedar and similar materials. If you need to use them for growing plants and hanging pots, you need to use vinyl arbors since wood can become damaged.


Arbors/PergolasWhile arbors are great, they don’t offer the functionality of pergolas. Pergolas, (depending on the type you choose), can offer a great deal of shading from the sun. They’re ideal for people who intend to spend some time outdoors and yet want to sit in a shaded spot.

A covered pergola can be a great addition to your backyard or garden. As opposed to arbors, they’re better suited for larger, more open landscapes. You can have them attached to your home or build as a separate structure. While having a pergola attached to your home is more economical, it can cause damage to the structure and care has to be taken while building it.

You also have the option of selecting an open roof or a solid roof. While some people prefer open roofs and like to allow sunlight in, most of our clients want pergolas with a solid roof. These provide protection from the rain and sun.

If you have any questions, call Setting Sun Patios & Decks at 919-272-0050 or get in touch with us by filling this contact us form. We’ll get back to you.

Areas We Service:
  • Garner, NC
  • Apex, NC
  • Chapel Hill, NC
  • Clayton, NC
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Setting Sun Patios and Decks provides professional design, installation, and maintenance of all phases of landscaping, irrigation, lighting, pavers, walls, ponds, waterfalls, fountains, and outdoor fireplaces and kitchens. We would be glad to provide you with a list of projects that you could drive by to determine if a paving stone driveway, walkway or front porch gets you excited. Please call for a consultation, estimate and references. Or click here to request a online estimate.

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Unbelievable Patio design and installation. I had about 10 different companies come out and give us a quote for our patio, and nobody could touch Randy's "vision".

He won us over at the first meeting, and I could not be happier with the end result. Our patio and fire pit are amazing, and we now have the official impromptu party house of the neighborhood!

- Henry Wisniewski