Arch Support: Incorporating AZEK arbors into your landscape designs

Impressing clients with a great finished landscape design project is a good feeling and a big professional win. Once the spaces and structures you’ve designed are delivered and installed, your clients can start living out the excitement that started when you first showed them your sketches and schematics of gardens, dining areas, and walkways with lush flowers, AZEK arbors, and architectural elegance tying everything together. Satisfied customers mean good recommendations and repeat business.


But as an experienced professional, you know that your work started before those inspiring drawings. In fact, it started long before the customer even contacted you. Your ability to plan and create in your clients’ outdoor areas is the result of keeping your own knowledge of premium materials, products, and processes strong. It requires having a toolkit of versatile, practical go-to options in your head and the confidence that you can get make them real. If AZEK arbors aren’t already part of your project planning arsenal, they should be. This article will show you several important reasons why.


Why Arbors?

Flat-topped or arched, slatted or spindled – arbors are one of the most versatile landscape design elements. As grand, airy outdoor doorways, arbors create transitions like no other piece can. Entrances to enclosures around gardens, pool areas, and patios become more elegant and exciting when framed with a decorative arbor.


By designing an appropriate custom arbor (or selecting an existing style from a premium manufacturer’s design collections), you can direct traffic, frame scenic views, add vertical structure, and shade sitting or dining areas. A custom arbor can also be a destination and focal point of its own, providing a handsome architectural accent or turning an otherwise-empty side yard into an interesting transitional space.


Beyond these design considerations, financial priorities can also make arbors attractive options for both your clients and your own bottom line. Clients who initially imagine a pergola may be better served by an arbor, particularly in cases where a high-quality vinyl pergola might put the overall cost of the project out-of-budget, or simply be too large for the space. An AZEK arbor can also be an excellent addon to larger projects (perhaps creating a great transition to another area of the property and setting the stage for next year’s project). You shouldn’t overlook the opportunity to suggest arbors as improvements to existing fences, walkways, and enclosures, or to be a standalone project when something bigger might need to be put off for a year or two. After all, developing long-term relationships with clients who intend to keep investing in their outdoor spaces is a win-win for both of you.


A fully synthetic form of cellular PVC, AZEK is known to many architects and designers primarily as a trim, flooring, or accent material. But in the hands of the right manufacturer, the full potential of AZEK comes through for you and your clients, providing the look and finish of real wood while providing decades of sturdy, low-maintenance structural beauty.


Not so long ago, when clients and professional heard about a “synthetic fence” or “vinyl pergola,” they might have thought of a hollow, plasticky product, or one that lacked the rigidity and strength to be made into large structures. But things have changed, and hopefully your knowledge of improved options is up to date. In particular, AZEK products made by Walpole Outdoors are engineered, handcrafted, and reinforced for stability, longevity, and impeccable style. They may occasionally be referred to as “vinyl,” but the difference is clear to any discerning homeowner or design pro.


Why Walpole Outdoors?

To smoothly and capably integrate AZEK arbors into your designs and executions, the importance of a good working partnership with the #1 fabricator of AZEK structures cannot be overstated. With a wide range of design collections, exceptional collaboration and customization capabilities, and nationwide jobsite delivery, Walpole Outdoors has been the creating top quality spaces and structures for over 85 years.


In the New England facility of this leading fabricator of AZEK solid cellular PVC, the material is milled and carved with the same care and precision as premium hardwoods. Reinforced with internal metal supports, Walpole’s unique expertise allows the creation of stunning AZEK arbors, railings, pergolas, and other premium products. They even arrive at your jobsite factory-painted in over 100 Sherwin-Williams VinylSafe colors, including a 25-year paint warranty. Walpole’s AZEK products are even manufactured to be easier to assemble and install. So you may be able to delegate the final step of installing and finishing your vinyl pergola or arbor project to fewer and less specialized workers, saving cost and time while remaining confident of the end results.


Inspiring projects using AZEK Arbors

Above all (no pun intended), AZEK solid cellular PVC arbors offer you and your clients endless possibilities to make something you’ll both be proud of. Check out these examples, incorporating both custom arbor designs and prefabricated arbors from Walpole Outdoors design collections: 


  • Standard Verde Green Sheffield Arbor: This spindle top arbor from the Walpole Outdoors Sheffield collection is easily adapted to the grade of this hilly yard. And despite sun, weather, and climbing vegetation, it will keep its beautiful color and finish for decades.
  • Seaside Custom Moon Gate: A gated arbor that combines eye-catching curves above and below creates a truly dramatic statement.
  • Gallery Arbor: A series of arbor arches can be laid out in close sequence with open or joined sides for a range of effects and functions, from grape arbors to enclosed walkways.
  • Historic Restoration Pergola and Gallery Arbor: Often confused with each other, arbors and pergolas also work beautifully together. The coordinated style and sturdy structure of this Walpole handcrafted custom pergola and its accompanying gallery arbor replace an irretrievably deteriorated wood structure.
  • Special Formal Decorative Arbor with Bench : Arbors can evoke the sense of being in an outdoor room. Here, the unrivaled craftsmanship of Walpole made it possible for a designer to create this magnificent garden backdrop and sitting area.


Contact Walpole Outdoors to learn more about how we help design professionals with projects of all sizes.



Amazing Approaches Series: Curb Appeal Entryways

Our homes represent a reflection of ourselves—where we are from, how we live, our signature styles, even who we are. With that in mind, a home’s facade is the most outward expression of those ideals—and the first impression to guests and passersby alike. Whether seen from the street, sidewalk, or moving vehicle, a home’s curb appeal (or lack thereof) sets the expectations of the experience and people within. The common thread that sets some homes’ curb appeal apart comes down to the details, and with the right ones, the impact of the end result is usually far greater than the sum of its parts. 


If your goal is to elevate your home’s approach from simply average to amazing, don’t underestimate the power of outdoor entry details—specifically driveway gates and entryway pergolas. Whether you choose a beautiful, prefabricated product or create a unique, custom driveway gate, your options are nearly limitless when it comes to personal style. For a little inspiration, and to get your creative juices flowing, we’ve compiled a few of our favorites below. 

Driveway Gates

While driveway gates ultimately exist for functional purposes, they’re extensions of the home they protect nonetheless. In most cases, they’re the very first impression. Tall, sculptured driveway gates add a sense of drama, minimalistic styles add clean lines to modern architecture, and both classic picket and rustic board and rail gates add a finishing touch to colonial and farmhouse homes. To amp up your home’s aesthetic, your style choice should blend seamlessly with both your architecture and the flow of your property. 





This custom driveway gate by Walpole Outdoors blends horizontal and vertical boards, extending the style to the pedestrian gate to its right. Soft green paint picks up the awnings and foliage, while brick posts coordinate with both the home’s edifice and driveway pavers. Custom curved hardware adds the final detail for a gate that hints at private courtyard charm within. 




Classic pickets enhance the New England styling and keep the home visible, while long, sweeping end curves mimic the rolling landscape in this Walpole Outdoors Chestnut Hill Entrance Gate.





The clean lines of this universal board entry gate, made in low-maintenance AZEK cellular PVC, effortlessly blend sophistication with security, making it at home in both classic and contemporary designs. 





This simple Morgan Post & Rail gate brings a dignified, open, and airy look to this country home. 





Subtle and sophisticated, this contemporary custom driveway gate is crafted in AZEK and finished in black for muted refinement that highlights the natural landscape and implies an artful experience awaiting within. 



Entryway Pergolas


Most people consider pergolas a backyard patio or garden feature with good reason. Beautiful and functional, a well-placed pergola is akin to adding an outdoor room to your home. Less considered but equally appealing, custom vinyl pergolas are an excellent way to add allure and interest to the front of your home. Whether used as a portico alternative or to extend your home’s porch, an entryway pergola is a simple addition that brings major ROI to your curb appeal. 


Custom vinyl pergolas, like the one above by Walpole Outdoors, add a distinctive presence. An arched line over the front door guides guests in, while the covered seating area invites them to stay.







Your Project Deserves a Great Partner

Looking to up the wow factor of your home? Walpole offers a wide range of custom vinyl pergolas and driveway gates that can be tailored to your personal style and enhance your existing architecture. Our team of designers is available now to schedule a free measurement and design consultation of your property, so no need to wait. Give us a call today!



Dining Out: How Commercial Pergolas Elevate the Experience

Dining al fresco has always been an alluring prospect. Sitting outside, sipping a cocktail, and savoring a bite to eat is like a mini-holiday, whether you’re basking in the daytime sun or under the evening stars. Considering the average American spends 90% of their time indoors*, it should come as no surprise that al fresco, which loosely translates to “in the cool air”, is so enticing. Adding aesthetically pleasing outdoor dining spaces with commercial pergolas can be a game-changer when it comes to your restaurant’s appeal. 


More importantly, outdoor pergolas can help keep customers feel both comfortable and safe year-round. While we’ve all been affected by the pandemic, few businesses have bit hit quite as hard as the restaurant industry. Between shutdowns, reduced-capacity protocols, and germ-leery customers, it’s been an uphill battle for restaurateurs, to say the least. While establishments with outdoor seating (permanent or makeshift) caught a bit of a respite during the warmer months, luring diners outside year-round is challenging. If you’re considering ways in which to keep your patio open, here are a few reasons to add commercial pergolas to your plans.


Expand Your Dining Room, Increase Your Profits

Outdoor pergolas, like the AZEK pergola pictured above, allow you to define a separate dining space outside, increasing your seating options (e.g., giving your customers a choice), as well as your overall seating capacity. When designed and installed by professionals, the right outdoor dining space can also make up for limited capacity and draw customers that might prefer not to share an indoor space. 


Enticement Beyond Cuisine

While food is the star of the show, the ambiance is integral to an overall dining experience. Commercial pergolas can transform your outdoor space into an enticing sanctuary. Whether freestanding or attached, outdoor pergolas are easily customizable, making it easy to turn even the most uninspired patio into a dining oasis. And when paired with a vinyl arbor, you can create an alternate entrance that will beckon passersby.


Another point to consider: in an increasingly visual digital world, the more your establishment creates an appealing aesthetic, the higher the likelihood of social sharing on the part of your customers, taking your word-of-mouth marketing to a new level. 



Smart Investment Over Temporary Solutions

Expanding your outdoor dining in any way has obvious and immediate financial benefits, but in a world that’s become used to post-pandemic life, makeshift outdoor setups can’t compete with long-term design solutions. If you are going to invest in commercial pergolas, make sure they’ll last. A Walpole AZEK pergola is made of low-maintenance cellular PVC—it looks just like wood, but won’t warp, rot, chip, or crack over time. That means lasting beauty and a return on your investment. 


Optional Shade Control

Enhancing your pergola with a retractable screen and/or canopy ensures that neither the sun nor the rain can close your patio for the day. Canopies can be motorized or mechanically operated—either option helps provide sun and rain protection. Retractable screens offer a more private experience and help reduce heat and glare—especially when the sun starts to go down. 


Fully Customizable 

Commercial pergolas from Walpole are fully customizable. Whether you choose a cedar or AZEK pergola, a freestanding, attached, or custom model, our structures are available in a variety of Sherwin-Williams colors for a design that truly fits your space  



Beyond Commercial Pergolas: Other Elements to Consider

 While a pergola is easily the focal point, here are a few other elements to consider when creating your outdoor design space:


  • A heat source. Whether freestanding gas heaters, a gas firepit, electric heaters, or an outdoor fireplace, depending on your location and time of year, a heating element may be necessary. 
  • An outdoor lounge. For casual cocktails and bites, an outdoor lounge is a welcome addition for waiting guests. For year-round use, have a dedicated heating element here. 
  • A vinyl arbor. Beautiful and practical, a vinyl arbor can serve as a side entry, a structure for climbing vines, or a way to guide traffic flow.
  • Lattice or privacy screens. Lattice can add texture to bare walls, create charming enclosures, and obstruct any unwanted views. 
  • Lighting. Whether you choose string lights, sconces, freestanding lights, or a mix of all three, the right light should add warmth and beauty without overpowering diners.


If you’re considering taking your outdoor dining space to the next level, talk to Walpole. Incredible outdoor spaces are our specialty. From classic to contemporary and everything in between, our extensive line of hand-crafted outdoor structures offer beauty and distinction your business will enjoy for years to come. Our team of designers is available now to schedule a free measurement and design consultation of your property, so you can get your outdoor project underway! 



*According to a report by the EPA


Don't Waste the Winter: Use the Offseason for an Outdoor Project

For homeowners, springtime is the siren call when it comes to outdoor renovation projects. When the temps start to lift, the desire to come out of hibernation kickstarts many a home project. But commercial business owners know that in order to stay ahead of the game (and maximize their patronage), they need to be a few paces ahead of their customers. For that reason alone, winter is a perfect time to create a welcoming and useful outdoor space. Today, we’re talking winter commercial outdoor projects—and why the offseason is ideal for installing AZEK pergolas, lattice fences, and other structures.  


Ready for Springtime Customers

Restaurants and hospitality businesses that offer aesthetically pleasing outdoor spaces can see an uptick in traffic at the first sign of spring. All it takes is a hint of sun and warmth, and your customers are ready to hang up the heavy coats and spend time outside. Be ready by creating a welcoming space during those winter months. Outdoor structures like a commercial pergola are easy to install, define space, and add aesthetic appeal, while board fences or lattice fences obstruct unpleasant views and create secluded courtyard ambiance.

Projects Are Completed Faster

Restaurants and hospitality properties aren’t the only businesses that see more traffic in spring. So do commercial builders and contractors. And higher demand for outdoor project work can lead to longer wait times for materials and execution. During the offseason slowdown, there’s more time, materials, and workers to get your job done. Even details like checking city codes and getting permits for board fences, etc, move much faster during the winter. 

Less Property Damage

Contrary to popular belief, hardscaping projects can cause less property damage in the winter, which may be even more appealing if you lease your property. Most trees and plants go dormant in the winter, making damage to the landscape less likely. Likewise, the ground cover is almost bare, creating a clean canvas for ideas. Cold winter months give lumber used for commercial pergolas a chance to dry and cure, mitigating the risk of warping or cracking. (Keep in mind, Walpole AZEK pergolas and lattice fences are made from cellular vinyl, which doesn’t rot, peel, or warp, regardless of the weather, making it a smart choice for commercial properties for years of beauty). 

Less Disruptive to Business

As spring and summer pick up, so will your business. Outdoor work can be disruptive—particularly if it’s on a commercial pergola on the front facade of your building or new board fences around an existing and usable outdoor space. Getting it done in the winter helps minimize inconvenience and interference with your customer’s experience. 

Start Using it Sooner

If your outdoor space features a heating element, you can begin using it straight away. Thanks to the past few years of pandemic living, people are far more amenable to spending time outside—particularly when there is a cozy gas fireplace. After a long winter cooped up inside, that’s an idea your customers will likely warm up to. 

If you are a hospitality business owner or property manager, winter isn’t just an opportunity to make plans for a successful spring. It’s the perfect time to start putting those plans into action. Walpole Outdoors has defined stylish residential and commercial properties since 1933, so we’ve seen a winter or two. Our professional designers and the fabricators who hand-craft our products in our state-of-the-art New England facilities have extensive experience with commercial AZEK pergolas, customized fencing, and every structure needed to bring your outdoor spaces to life in time for a thriving spring. If you’re interested in making the most of the season by recreating your outdoor business space, schedule your free measurement and design consultation today



Design an Outdoor Space with Confidence: Working with Pros to Bring Your Vision to Life

Congratulations! You’ve decided to move ahead to make your home’s outdoor spaces just as lovely and inviting as your home’s interior spaces. You couldn’t have picked a better time — especially when you consider it will make for a more enhanced experience for you, your loved ones, and guests. You may have put together detailed sketches, or a dream board with a couple of ideas. You might know you want a specific structure or product, like AZEK fencing, or a garden arbor. Maybe you want to focus on increasing the value of your property. Or you may need help to know exactly what you want.


Whatever plans and ideas you may have, the best way to start is just that: start.


Trust your professional’s expertise

Depending on the project, sit down with your architect or landscape designer. They are the experts. Begin to set your goals with confidence. Know that their expert guidance in working with you and utilizing only quality components and materials will allow you to achieve whatever you have in mind. You don’t have to settle.


Welcoming guests in a style all your own

One of the most popular renovation and remodeling projects homeowners can focus on is a home’s curb appeal. It’s an area in which homeowners almost always fully realize the effort and investment they put into it.


What does your home say about you? What do you want it to say?  Why not make a statement. Your design pros can help. Choose to create or update and upgrade your home’s entrance with stylish driveway gates, gate arbors, and vinyl arbors. All have the potential to turn mediocre landscapes into head-turning outdoor spaces.


Your design professionals are knowledgeable when it comes to the many possibilities available to you. Trust them to listen to your ideas and work with you in choosing the best options, such as lattice fence and vinyl arbors, to bring out your home’s best features and exterior landscaping.


Choose a style that fits your personality. Love trailing wisteria or a heavenly-scented, red rambling rose? Nothing is sweeter on a gate arbor, especially with the addition of lattice fence in a variety of designs. You can create a look that is warm and friendly; fashionable yet understated. Talk with your design creatives so they can better assist in your vision.


You may decide to go with a dramatic sweeping driveway entryway. Your design expert can help you to select elegant, contemporary, or country casual looks with AZEK vinyl, metal, and wood combinations to make your home stand out. Your design pros can help you to choose handcrafted, quality structures including custom vinyl arbors and gate arbors with spindle-tops, elliptical arches, lattice fence or a combination — then add seating. The look of vinyl arbors and lattice gates are complementary to one another.


Continue with one of myriad AZEK fencing styles and designs to finish the look. Select a stylish wall-mounted, English lattice or Old Lyme fence that gives you privacy but at the same time presents with an airy and fresh look.


Updating and Respecting History

Historical homes, in coastal or city settings, often have a limited-but-lovely palette of choices in lattice fencing and gate arbors with decorative design details. This is where your design pros can demonstrate how to carry through detailing in hardware, paints, and stains in order to match the period of the home and stay within traditional options.


Thinking Big

Step up your outdoor landscape remodel around the whole house—for your main residence or vacation home. Your landscape experts can show you how. If you have your heart set on creating a welcoming family-friendly outdoor space that serves as the perfect entertaining space, your designer may suggest bringing in distinctive architectural detailing elements. This can include lattice decorative panels such as Westbury Lattice Copper Cap. You can also choose quality AZEK fencing. Among the ­­­­­offerings are traditional board fence, with trellis features to separate outdoor “rooms” or punctuate boundary lines; custom pool and architectural AZEK fencing can also be worked into your vision.  


Is AZEK right for your project?

As your architect or landscape pro can tell you, AZEK products and structures are dependable as well as beautiful, when crafted by the best manufacturers. They are engineered to repel mold, resist weathering, and combat warping. AZEK gates, fences, and arbors are practical choices. Incorporate them into your design for years of worry-free enjoyment.


Does your pro have the right partners?

Walpole Outdoors are the leading designers, fabricators, and installers of the highest quality AZEK fencing and other premium products. We offer a wide array of classical, contemporary, and fully customized design options with signature Walpole quality fencing, driveway gates, and arbors with gates. Walpole specializes in collaborating with homeowners and design professionals to create the most amazing outdoor spaces for the most discerning homeowners.


The Walpole Outdoors team works seamlessly with your architect or designer, through the entire conceptual and manufacturing process. Walpole Outdoors professionals have years of experience and are ready to schedule a free m­­­easurement and consultation of your property right away, so you can begin to create the perfect home for your family that you can enjoy for years to come.


We welcome working with clients and their architects and designers to bring you the best results for your project, no matter how big or how small. Our expert staff would be happy to assist you today


Truly Make an Entrance: Walk Gates

Ah, the perfect gate. The one that expertly blends form and function, style, and safety. Mirroring your home's architectural design and aesthetic while providing an additional layer of safety, gates can keep kids and pets in the yard, keep critters out, or create a privacy buffer. Whether freestanding or integrated into surrounding fencing, walk gates, when well-designed, become an extension of your home. Better yet, they make a first impression that lasts. 

Seamlessly blending with the natural flow and aesthetics of your property, an AZEK gate can be one of the defining factors of your home’s curb appeal. And, whether you need to enclose a backyard space or conceal any unsightly physical elements adjacent to your property, you can transform your outdoor space into something truly unforgettable by adding a custom AZEK gate.

With an expansive range of styles from contemporary to cottage, New England to Floridian, Walpole gates are made of beautiful, durable, low-maintenance solid cellular PVC, customized to almost any height and width to secure a property’s perimeter while enhancing its appearance.

Expertly crafted to enhance your entry, walkway or surrounding pool area, the quality and style of a Walpole Outdoors AZEK gate is unrivaled. Strategically positioned at your home’s entrance, between two outdoor garden rooms or alongside a pool, Walpole’s stylish gates and fences not only highlight the beauty of your yard, but they also add an extra layer of privacy, security, and safety.


It’s all in the details

Whether you consider things like fencing and gates an extension of your home or merely a matter of function, there is an incredible range of styles, colors, and materials when it comes to making your design decisions.

Take the picket walk gate. With perfectly positioned vertical posts supported by a horizontal rail, picket gates and fencing are among the simplest to construct. Yet, even the picket gates come in a seemingly endless range of styles, from contemporary to grandma’s garden. Even the smallest variation in design details can make a sizeable statement when it comes to selecting your gate.

Shape, design, and all of the decorative finishes play an equal role in creating your property’s overall “vibe.” Aesthetically, you’ve got some choices to make. Rounded or pointed? Coved or Convex? Charming or contemporary? The possibilities are plentiful.

For example, this Yorktown gate measures featuring a 6 inch Annisquam top is both elegant and stately. While this poolside scalloped Chestnut Hill Fence featuring crisscross walk gates offers a more contemporary aesthetic. Reminiscent of Walpole's custom Chippendale style, these walk gates at the Lindens House in Washington, D.C. have been meticulously reproduced in keeping with the period of this historic property. When it comes to customizing an AZEK fence or gate, the design possibilities are truly limitless with Walpole.


Perk up your Property with Color

Generally, if your gate is connected to your property’s surrounding fence, the materials should be consistent for a more cohesive, seamless design. Perfectly paired sections of lattice fencing flank this double walk gate tastefully blending into the landscaping. Lattice fencing, like this, offers unobstructed views of the property while serving as a deterrent for critters and providing an additional layer of safety.

Though sometimes, delineating a gate with different, yet complementary material can create a focal point that truly stands out. One of the easiest and most effective ways to make a statement is through color. Like this show-stopping blue gate – who could walk past and not notice it? 

Walpole’s signature collection of walk gates, arbors and lattice fencing comes signed, sealed, and delivered in your choice of more than 100 Sherwin-Williams VinylSafe paint colors. From verde to terracotta, you can customize your AZEK fence or gate to your taste with an extensive palate of color choices, guaranteed to last for 25 years.

Low on maintenance, high on performance.

Scientifically engineered to repel mold, resist weathering, and combat warping caused by environmental stressors at a level that can’t be beaten, AZEK continues to be the industry-leader in a fast-growing outdoor living market. Over the last 10 years, Walpole has been expanding the use of AZEK to include nearly all our manufactured items, from custom gates to lattice fencing due to its durability and long-lasting beauty.

Call us to schedule a free measurement and design consultation of your property, so we can start planning right now for your next project. 


From Emptiness to Elegance: Transforming Public Spaces with a Commercial Pergola or Arbor

Over the last 3,000 years, pergolas and arbors have been used to create, accent, and define outdoor spaces. While the actual terms “pergola” and “arbor” and their definitions have been used somewhat interchangeably since ancient times, their functions have remained unchanged. Covered outdoor spaces have continued to remain a necessary provision in public spaces, whether for providing a shaded space on hot days or for improving visual intrigue by adding hints of room-like structure to empty outdoor spaces.

No doubt these architecturally inviting areas enliven public spaces. As you incorporate arbors and pergolas into your architectural and landscape designs, it’s important to have a reliable partner to fulfill your specifications and renderings and achieve the most impressive end results.

A career of creating cohesion with structure

Many forward-thinking architects and designers understand the need to develop intentional outdoor spaces that serve as focal points for both activity and for relaxation. And one of the most effective ways to transform a space lacking purpose and structure into an elegant one is by integrating premium quality structures like a custom vinyl pergola or custom arbor. Delineating different areas for public use and unifying overall site features and spaces into a cohesive whole, a commercial pergola-defined area within a public space creates an impetus for social events and public gathering.

For more than 85 years, Walpole has been crafting such premium products that define some of the most distinguished properties (business, municipal, and residential) across the country. Our commercial and public use pergolas can be found at universities, high schools, senior housing locations, country clubs, and other public and private spaces. From five shade pergolas on Sea Isle City Boardwalk to a handsome Walpole four-column pergola defining an outdoor seating area for employees at a corporate office, we create truly distinctive products with superior laminating, molding, and an unrivaled finishing technique in our state-of-the-art facilities. You see, Walpole doesn’t just make a commercial pergola more efficiently (potentially putting more options within your project’s budget), we make it better. By working with Walpole, you not only gain another set of eyes on your design process you also double down on the quality you’re putting out.

While many fine off-the-rack styles exist for commercial pergola and arbor projects, there’s nothing like your personal designs to transform your clients’ properties in ways you’ll be proud of. In collaboration with architects and designers, Walpole streamlines and improves the design-to-build process, making it easy to integrate top-quality, finished structures like a show-stopping vinyl pergola or custom arbor crafted from AZEK to any outdoor public or commercial space project. We work directly with design and architecture professionals to deliver uncompromising quality and unrivaled style, and we are ready to partner on your next big project.

Your only partner for AZEK excellence

Walpole has always offered and enjoyed close partnerships with builders and architects, creating custom outdoor structures, meeting exacting specifications, and adapting to changing styles and trends. For nearly a decade, Walpole Outdoors has been using AZEK, expanding our use of this environmentally friendly material to include nearly all of our manufactured items due to its durability and long-lasting beauty. In addition to natural woods and metals, many of our custom premium outdoor structures are handcrafted in the low maintenance, long-wearing cellular PVC known as AZEK.

Leveraging innovations in material science to offer sustainable solutions, AZEK has truly revolutionized both the residential and commercial building industries. The truth is, when it comes to construction, not all materials (or even all composite materials) are created equal. AZEK is unique among synthetic building materials, offering beauty and durability with little to no maintenance. With the texture, look, and feel of real wood, AZEK is an alternative material outlasting its counterparts by a mile.

As the leading fabricator of AZEK, Walpole is more than just a high-end service partner, we are the industry leaders. Walpole Outdoors specializes in creating amazing outdoor spaces for the most sophisticated designers and discerning homeowners with fully customized AZEK projects. Our standard design collections as well as customized work guided by your specifications include AZEK pergolas, arbors with gates, and fences ready to integrate seamlessly with your public space landscape projects.

The Walpole commercial pergola or custom arbor you design can be specified in one of more than 100 Sherwin-Williams VinylSafe paint colors. From classic white to deep Verde green, all Walpole AZEK products can be fully customized with an expansive palate of color choices, guaranteed to last for 25 years.

Plus, Walpole can craft a pristine new vinyl pergola or custom arbor in a style that replicates that distinctive wooden structure, offering nuanced wood grain patterns and even wire-brushed finishes. Our arbors with gates and pergolas can be made to look and feel exactly like historic natural wood yet they won't rot, peel, or crack. Honoring the beauty and integrity of many historic landmarks, Walpole and AZEK have together partnered on impactful restoration projects, creating sustainable solutions that preserve the past for future generations.

Collaborate, Conceptualize and Create with Walpole

Housed under one roof, we provide expert, personal service to architects, landscape architects, interior designers, custom home builders, and developers.

As a trusted manufacturer of premium products like pergolas or arbors with gates, we collaborate throughout the entire design and manufacturing process, allowing you to continue to grow and meet your clients’ needs more easily in an increasingly competitive market. From concept to completion, Walpole Outdoors is ready to provide you with unique engineering, CAD and CNC milling, and unparalleled partnership and support throughout the entire design and manufacturing process. 



Board Fences or Lattice Fencing: Which Suits Your Style?

Perhaps you’ve finally created the outdoor oasis you’ve always dreamed of: the perfect pool, a swoonworthy outdoor kitchen, and spectacular gardens. But the close proximity to your neighbors is keeping you from actually enjoying said oasis. Well, with the right fence, you can create your own secluded hideaway, right in your own backyard. Whether you want to enhance your garden, define your perimeter, or feel like you're a world away from the neighbors, a good fence can be an invaluable feature in your outdoor home.

Generally, fences fall into three categories: functional, privacy, and decorative. Typically used to define a property’s perimeter, keep children and pets safe inside, or keep out unwelcome visitors, the right fence can enhance your home’s curb appeal in a big way. But more than merely giving your property an attractive, functional perimeter, the creative use of board or lattice fencing (with details like designer hues, fence caps, or coordinated custom lantern posts or mailbox posts) helps to transform your property into something truly remarkable. With a myriad of materials to choose from, including wood, stone, brick or vinyl—there’s surely a fence style that’s right for you.

Finding Your Fence

Whether it’s establishing safe boundaries, enhancing your garden enclosure, or transporting you to a world away, a fence can check most of the requirements on your priority list. Increasing the footprint of your home, custom fences can be installed alongside a pool, patio or playscape to create intentional areas for entertainment, relaxation, and play.

From cottage to contemporary, your space, material and aesthetic all play an integral role of the fence design end game. Whether you’re drawn to swaths of blooms climbing along a tidy white fence or prefer a handsome cedar and stone perimeter, choosing the right fence can be quite personal.

Depending on your tastes and your goals for your outdoor home, you may find a lattice or board fence to be your best option.

Love for Lattice Fencing

Maybe you are seeking privacy within your property but find most fences are too cookie-cutter for your landscape? Or perhaps you are looking for a way to enclose your yard without the restrictive feel of an opaque barrier? You want to define your property’s full perimeter, create a semi-private patio screen, and enclose your garden in style? Well, there’s a fence for that.

With lattice fences you don’t have to choose between functionality and aesthetics. As a best-of-both-worlds option, there’s plenty to love about lattice. Offering more privacy than traditional picket fencing but a little less confinement than a privacy board fence, many homeowners find lattice to be the ideal middle ground.

Lattice fencing is a well-loved material for its striking combination of form and function. Commonly added as a decorative landscape accent feature or as support for cascading blooms and trailing vines, lattice fencing brings plenty of visual interest possibilities to the table. Perennially popular, lattice fences can be a welcome alternative to stockade, chain-link, or post-and-rail fencing, defining boundaries, providing privacy, and concealing unsightly views (like a garbage disposal unit, generator, or air conditioning system.)

Tightly woven slats of lattice fences allow sunlight to filter through, creating an open atmosphere and airy feel. From crisscross to square hatch, spindle to open weave design lattice fencing offers an easy breezy look that is both elegant and functional. Here, a Lattice-over-Lattice Fence and Double Custom Vinyl Gate offers delightful views of the sprawling lawns while doubling as a safe pool enclosure. Walpole’s custom fencing can be tailored to any aesthetic – with more than 40 different fencing styles to choose from.

Privacy, Please

Should you decide that privacy is top priority, you might consider installing board fences. Marrying beauty and function, board fences can delineate different types of spaces throughout your property to best serve your family’s needs while adding a layer of privacy to your backyard (or rooftop) space. By enclosing your outdoor spaces with custom board fences, you not only protect your investment of time, energy, and effort you have put into curating your space; you transform your space into a secluded hideaway. 

Solid, durable, and built to last, Walpole board fences are handcrafted in low maintenance AZEK. These fences won’t rot, buckle, or sag, and the board-on-board layout guarantees maximum privacy. Available in a variety of styles and in materials with a range of decorative options like lattice panel tops, coordinating mailbox posts or lantern posts, board fences create a stylish and distinctive perimeter around your picturesque space while affording privacy and safety. (We recommend adding on an additional layer of interest to a traditional board fence by topping it with a contrasting panel.) With more than 100 colors of factory-applied Sherwin-Williams VinylSafe paint to choose from, make a statement with bold hues like pewter or cobalt that will pair perfectly alongside a lush green lawn or fall foliage. (TIP: string up some decorative globe lights for an instant twilight entertaining zone.)

Create An Exceptional Outdoor Space with Walpole

Walpole’s extensive line premium outdoor products includes fences, lantern posts and mailbox posts that are long-lasting and distinctive, combining impeccable style with uncompromising quality. Our team of designers are available now to schedule a free measurement and design consultation of your property, so you can get your outdoor project underway! 


Entryway Pergolas for Business Spaces: Adding a Unique Character to Your Campus

Inside or out, making an upgrade to your business space is always a good idea. Whether with entryway pergolas that offer an architecturally impressive welcome or with the addition of a few well-placed AZEK planter boxes or outdoor lanterns outside of your commercial property, office space or academic campus, any improvements made to the “face” of your space boosts foot traffic and therefore, boosts business.

You’ve heard the saying “never judge a book by its cover.” Well, as it turns out, people do. Adding character to your exterior by transforming your entrance or expanding your usable outdoor square footage ultimately ups your foot traffic, improves your customer reviews, and increases the value of your business. No doubt about it – enhancing your curb appeal is one of the most invaluable tools in your marketing toolbox. Invest in the exterior of your property with custom entryway pergolas, AZEK fencing, or some elegant outdoor lanterns, and you’re sure to see big returns on the sought after first impression. 

Define Your Business with a Distinctive Perimeter

Transforming a once unremarkable façade into an unforgettable one, entryway pergolas expertly craft the all-important first impression. Handsome, head-turning entryway pergolas are guaranteed to pique the interest of anyone driving or walking by your place of business. Impress your guests by integrating a pergola to frame your entryway like this 12 foot custom spa entryway at the Inn at Perry Cabin on Maryland's eastern shore to instantly enhance curb appeal.

Versatile, durable, and low maintenance, a fence crafted from AZEK solid cellular PVC (an environmentally friendly synthetic material) is completely customizable and built to last. Coated in crisp white or in a designer hue, custom fencing around your business campus is often one of the very first things that visitors notice. Consider AZEK fencing to define your property with a distinctive perimeter mirroring the quality of your products or services. Or use AZEK fencing to seamlessly integrate an outdoor space for breaks, meals, and outdoor meetings into the work environment. Classic designs with long-lasting, low-maintenance components make Walpole Outdoors fencing the first choice for businesses across the country—with more than 40 different AZEK fencing styles to choose from. 

Creative Outdoor Spaces in the Workplace

Creating outdoor spaces within your company campus will allow your employees to spend a portion of their work hours outdoors, leading to overall increased productivity and even improved wellbeing, companywide. It can be as simple as adding a few benches, outdoor lanterns, or AZEK planter boxes to an already-existing courtyard. So many commercial property exteriors can feel lackluster and impersonal, even the brightest of days. Fortunately, one of the tried-and-true ways to bring life to any outdoor space is also one of the simplest: add some flowers and fresh greenery for an effortlessly inviting entrance. 

While many commercial properties opt to install raised flower beds or flank their entrance with a few concrete planters, there’s far superior solution. AZEK planter boxes have the look and feel of real wood, but they are low maintenance and durable, maintaining their structure and color for decades. Available in a variety of sizes and materials, these versatile AZEK planter boxes can be tailored to complement your building’s already-existing architecture.

Pergolas and custom AZEK fencing together offer a smart expansion of your footprint for all the reasons that your customers, visitors or employees may desire. When thinking about adding character to your business space, consider ways to integrate custom AZEK products to craft an outdoor space for gathering and socializing. Perhaps for the overflow of guests, a social gathering, or an outdoor meeting space, outdoor spaces can be integrated at most office spaces, college campuses or private clubs--with limitless design capabilities. 

Creative Outdoor Spaces at Colleges and Universities 

Many colleges and universities have realized the invaluable role facilities play in prospective students’ decision-making process of which institution to attend. As institutions work to attract and retain students in an increasingly competitive landscape, schools have found investing in outdoor spaces is crucial.

Bringing forth creative thinking and innovative ideas, universities are a powerhouse of forward-thinkers. Because many creative moments happen in outdoor environments, outside of the four walls of a classroom, universities are expanding their usable outdoor spaces paving the way for impromptu discussions, meetings, and lectures.

Given the current pace of life in academia, students can often fall subject to high levels of stress. In fact, surveys continually point to an increasing number of university students who are experiencing significant stress during their college years. Open spaces provide the natural surroundings and restorative atmosphere that lend for relaxation and rest between classes.

Recognizing this trend, Walpole offers a unique design solution creating a dynamic student living community equipped with outdoor spaces. Partnering with institutions of higher learning and architects, Walpole works to create architecturally impactful and inviting gathering spots on campuses that create community and opportunities for outdoor learning.  

If you’re ready to define the perimeter and character of your place of business, office space or campus, Walpole can develop a solution that matches your needs and makes an amazing impression on your employees, customers, and visitors. Discover the difference quality craftsmanship and impeccable design make. Discover Walpole Outdoors today