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


Shaping the Outdoor Spaces of Your Country Club with Large Structures

It should go without saying that your country club is beautiful, with beautiful grounds that feel open and airy. But leaving your outdoor areas too open and unstructured can yield a feeling of emptiness or exposure, rather than the elegant, structured environment that helps ensure a great member experience. To define and enhance the outdoor environment of your club, you should create or update areas that serve as focal points for activity, relaxation, and purposeful flow. Premium quality, stylish structures like custom picket fencing, a vinyl arbor, walk gates, or an entryway pergola can impress visitors and existing members alike, increasing curb appeal and raising both the practical enjoyment and the perceived value of membership.

Being Selective: Not all Structures are Equal

If you are considering upgrading your country club’s outdoor space, you need to consider the total effect of the project. Of course, you’ll require top-quality products that are beautifully designed. But you need to ensure that the spaces you create enhance the way members enter, move about, and spend time at your club. Working with your design consultant, you have the opportunity to create a great impression with both new and existing members every time they encounter the structures and spaces you create.

Pergolas: Effortlessly Grand Entryways

One of easiest and most distinctive ways to create an impressive entryway is with a custom designed pergola. Consisting of beams, rafters, and posts, pergolas offer a solution to outdoor spaces that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing, effectively creating a “room” in the open air.

Entryway pergolas serve as an outdoor grand front hall or foyer, turning walkway or patio space into something truly magnificent, like this beautiful creation by Walpole Outdoors at the Farm Neck Golf Club on Martha’s Vineyard. As the very first thing your clientele will notice, framing your entry with an elegant pergola is like rolling out the red carpet for your next big event. Why? Entrances are everything – they set the tone for every visit, building your guests’ anticipation for what’s to come. Whether painted in a classic white or coated in a designer hue, the addition of an entryway pergola at your country club is a fantastic way to enhance your club’s curb appeal, especially for prospective members scouting you out. And let’s face it – you don’t get a second chance to make a good first impression.

Classic for Good Reason: Picket Fencing and gates

Charming, iconic, and timeless –picket fences are no doubt a slice of classic Americana. Hearkening back to the days of homesteading, the white picket fence remains the epitome of classic, effortless beauty and charm. Perfect for defining spaces, whether dining, gathering or pool areas, without obstructing those idyllic views, the custom picket fencing and the many styles of entry and walk gates that allow guests through it (often enhanced with a vinyl arbor) can be tailored to any design, style, or material.

No surprise that picket fencing is frequently used in country club architecture and landscape design. While a traditional picket fence will never go out of style, there are many ways to put a distinctive design touch on your club’s perimeter and the way you define areas within it using custom picket fencing. This Yorktown picket fence provides handsome design and clean structure, and a Picket fences can also be integrated with stone or brick walls for a particularly imposing-but-stylish barrier or clubhouse extension, such as this use of Walpole’s Brentwood Spindle Picket fencing.

You can blend classic with contemporary, simple with sophisticated –Walpole’s wide selection of custom picket fencing crafted from AZEK solid cellular PVC (an environmentally friendly synthetic material) are equally low maintenance, durable, and completely customizable.

Arbors Above, Beauty Below

Arbors, with or without walk gates, create lovely passages across fenced areas in the hedge and garden areas of your club. Consider the addition of an arbor or two when thinking about ways easily enhance the charm of a stroll around your grounds. Configured into the framework of any fence design, an AZEK solid cellular vinyl arbor brings vertical interest, makes a grand entrance, enhances a walkway, and creates shady retreats throughout your property. From classic to contemporary, Walpole offers a wide range of beautiful, low-maintenance arbors to complement its variety of custom picket fencing. Engineered to last longer than other wood alternatives while offering the most natural hardwood look, a premium Walpole vinyl arbor offers unrivaled high-performance and beauty your members will appreciate for generations to come.

Is your country club ready for an upgrade?

Choosing the right partner to improve your club’s outdoor spaces while remaining true to your style may seem challenging. But with Walpole Outdoors, you can expect stunning outdoor structures and spaces that will stand the test of time and delight even your most jaded members. If you’re ready to enhance your club’s space, we can develop a comprehensive plan and product selection that matches your needs and exceeds your expectations, from consultation to concept to completion. Discover the difference uncompromising craftsmanship, unmistakable quality, and impeccable style can make for your club environment. Discover Walpole Outdoors today.


Beyond the Picket Fence - Bringing Contemporary Designs to Your Backyard

“Less is more.” First coined by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe nearly two centuries ago, this phrase summing up the minimalist approach has pervaded pop culture in recent years. With a renewed focus on minimalism in fashion, design and even lifestyle (think Marie Kondo’s book ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up’), this simplistic, efficient, streamlined approach to everything from makeup to furniture certainly has its advantages. Upholding this idea that less is more, contemporary design appeals to a range of homeowners, yard enthusiasts, and design-lovers alike. Offering something outside of the white-picket-fence-box, contemporary landscape design has been one of the top pinned, grammed and shared styles in recent years. And for good reason. Clean lines and a streamlined design serve as the framework for contemporary outdoor design, integrating natural elements like wood and stone that build easily off the already-existing landscape.

Following the hay day of both modern design and the arts and crafts movement, contemporary style emerged in the latter half of the 20th century. Blending sustainable materials with dramatic visuals, it’s no surprise that the contemporary aesthetic is still a favorite today. Its universal appeal works well with even the most colonial of homes, offering a refreshing juxtaposition to a traditional architectural style.

From New England to nouveau, the space, aesthetic, and materials chosen all play an integral role of the landscape design end game. Does your heart go pitter patter for swaths of roses climbing along a crisp white lattice? Or perhaps cedar and stone speak your language? The truth is – style is quite personal. And if you find yourself wondering what’s beyond the picket fence, you might consider contemporary. It’s eclectic, yet purposeful. Informal, yet structural. While there are no hard and fast rules to contemporary design, it’s also not just a hodgepodge of styles. Simply put, contemporary design is all of the stylistic qualities of present-day aesthetics.

Shaded to Perfection

When thinking about your landscape design, you might consider the layout, materials, and general aesthetic. But are you really thinking about a contemporary way of living? For example, if you have an active family with small children, you might consider creating play zones to keep the sports off your terrace. Or perhaps your inner yogi is seeking a quiet place for renewal and meditation. A hidden arbor-covered corner can offer you all of the Zen your Kripalu-heart desires. Do you like to enjoy a glass of wine in the evening? Install a sleek AZEK pergola to make an outdoor seating area where you can sip under the stars.

Contemporary pergolas flip the script on traditional design with an eclectic use of materials and a careful mix of textures. A contemporary AZEK pergola can offer your patio or deck a right-this-minute transformation with streamlined visuals, minimalist sensibilities, and on-trend color palettes. Go against the grain and create your own, distinctive take on a pergola. Need a muse? Here, western Red Cedar and stainless-steel lathing work in tandem to create a distinctive (and enviable) contemporary outdoor dining space shading both a kitchen and seating area. The sunlight streaming in through narrow slats overhead and the resulting shadows are a dreamy bonus.

Slatted and airy, this pergola provides structure to the poolside spaces without confinement. The stone columns are the crowning jewel of the sleek, custom Western Red Cedar Pergola. When planning your AZEK pergola design, look to linear details, interesting angles, and surprising materials for a streamlined aesthetic. Integrate custom built-in lighting to your already stunning AZEK pergola for a swoon worthy outdoor space perfect for a quiet night in or entertaining friends and family. Walpole’s line of contemporary pergolas can be customized with a palette of more than 100 color choices in vinyl safe paint from Sherwin Williams, with a 25-year warranty.

Vertical definition

Add style and panache with a clean, contemporary arbor. Vinyl arbors create intimacy and interest, and they also anchor your space, offering a design solution that’s both functional and easy on the eyes. Here this Walpole elliptical arbor transforms the garden from meh to magnificent with curved custom vinyl gates. To keep things visually interesting, Walpole’s selection of vinyl arbors offers a combination of refined finishes and vertical definition to enhance any outdoor space.

Whether you’re marking the entrance, framing a pathway, or carving out a garden room, vinyl arbors are an instrumental tool in the landscape design toolbelt. Why? They are incredibly versatile, they create a dramatic focal point, and they make the kind of first impression that makes your friends jealous. Plus, Walpole’s custom vinyl arbors and custom vinyl gates can be tailored to reflect your personal style.

Because it's likely the most visible element in the landscape design, your arbor sets the tone for your space. This custom Moon Arbor would probably look out of place in a small English rose garden with a picket fence, where a more traditional garden arbor flanked by lattice and a white finish would better fit in. Conversely, a spindle top arbor might not be the ideal choice for a coolly minimalistic rock garden, where strength and solidity rule. Whether putting the finishing touch on your customized design or serving as a sophisticated stand-alone statement, Walpole's extensive line of commercial pergolas, custom vinyl arbors and custom vinyl gates offer a versatile solution for discerning homeowners.

From the colonial gateways to the contemporary pergolas, Walpole’s extensive line of carefully crafted outdoor products is long-lasting and distinctive. Completely customizable, built to last, and offer little-to-no maintenance, Walpole’s custom vinyl gates, arbors and pergolas come signed, sealed, and delivered in one of more than 100 Sherwin-Williams VinylSafe paint colors. Walpole Outdoors specializes in creating incredible outdoor spaces. 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! 


Partner with a Manufacturer of Premium Outdoor Structures on Your Next Contract

With ever-evolving client needs and the growing demand for both instant gratification and finished projects that stand the test of time, it’s getting more challenging for architects and designers to meet (and to exceed) client expectations. Many forward-thinking pros are building purposeful partnerships to expand and support their own capabilities and to maximize client excitement and satisfaction. As a manufacturer with a reputation for unmatched quality in residential and commercial pergolas, fencing, gates, and other outdoor structure, Walpole Outdoors is an excellent example of such a partner for design professionals.

For decades, Walpole has been working directly with architects and landscape designers to create premium products and beautiful finished outdoor spaces for the most discerning residential and commercial clients. An important part of their business has long been customization to meet specifications. This means that Walpole’s team can turn your CAD files into gorgeously milled finished pieces from the lattices on your custom arbors to the sweeping, reinforced structure of a contemporary pergola. But it also means a lot more in terms of building your capabilities and impressing your clients.

Your work is only as good as your collaborator

You’re going to have collaborators on your jobs, whether you choose them or whether your clients do. When you hand off your designs and specifications off to a client, they’re probably delighted with your work. They look forward to beautiful commercial pergolas framing their office’s entryways or the crisp, elegant lines of the AZEK gates that open into their garden, because you’ve sold them the idea of a great finished product that they’ll see every day for years. And they will. Every day. Whether it’s everything they dreamed, or a mess made by cut corners, kit products, and low-quality materials that you never specified.

Partnering with Walpole Outdoors offers the advantage of direct collaboration and personal attention throughout the entire design and manufacturing process. Housed under one roof in their state-of-the-art new England facilities, Walpole provides expert, one-on-one service. Starting from your initial concepting phase, CAD, engineering, and CNC milling capabilities are at your disposal. Real specialist work with you to provide you with samples, feedback, feasibility analyses, and more. And when the final project is approved and ready to execute, you’re not handing off your plans to Walpole: you’re confidently directing them to complete the custom arbors, AZEK gates, and commercial pergolas as part of a job Walpole has been involved in, all along.

Your only partner for AZEK excellence

“Vinyl” is a word few clients will ever ask you to put into your designs and specifications. But architects and landscape designers are increasingly aware that AZEK, a synthetic material once considered primarily appropriate only for trim or short planking, is an increasingly attractive option for use as a material in residential and commercial projects of all sizes. AZEK has been recognized for being able to replicate the look and feel of real wood while being much more durable and low-maintenance, and the possibilities you can offer your clients using this environmentally friendly material and partnering with a manufacturer who known how to work with it are nearly endless.

Walpole is the #1 fabricator of AZEK structures and products. That’s not a simple matter of volume; Walpole has unique methods of milling, reinforcing, and working with AZEK. This allows Walpole (and their partners) to use AZEK for much larger and sturdier structures, like this large span contemporary pergola and these architectural AZEK gates or projects requiring expansive commercial pergolas. Walpole can also include wiring conduits in AZEK pergolas for integrated lighting and power outlets, as well as features like powered awnings and screens. And your finest designs and detailing can be rendered with crisp, beautiful precision, such as in these Custom Chippendale AZEK gates. And as with all things AZEK, the finished versions of your projects will look great (requiring only minimal occasional surface cleaning) for decades.

Unmatched capabilities

If you understand the importance of collaborating only with top-quality manufacturers, you’ll be in good company. Sherwin-Williams recognizes the unique quality of Walpole’s AZEK finishing processes, and licenses Walpole to offer pieces factory-painted in over100 custom Sherwin-Williams Vinylsafe colors. So, whether you design gated custom arbors in bold hues (like this Hale navy blue elliptical arbor and Yorktown gate), or classic white, as in this stunning poolside contemporary pergola and outdoor kitchen, you’re also giving your clients an exclusive 25-year paint warranty against peeling, chipping, or cracking.


And as part of the value engineering Walpole provides professional collaborators, they not only help you create efficiencies to lower the final cost of your customized pieces; their design collections offer you a palette of pre-existing options across colonial, contemporary, and classical styles that can be integrated seamlessly into your plans. This can help you deliver the specific elegance and quality your vision and your clients demand, while staying within budget.


Choosing a partner

Finding the right partner, whether in business or life, isn’t always easy. You want someone who expands your capabilities without complicating your process, a partner who brings you solutions, not excuses, and a collaborator that makes your best designs even better by making them real. By making Walpole’s capabilities your own, you’re able to offer options your client may have thought impossible (and which would have been, without Walpole).

For more than 80 years, Walpole has worked continuously with industry professionals to help better meet their customers’ needs. Offering design collaboration and customization capabilities for landscape and architectural pros using AZEK for their clients’ next outdoor projects, Walpole is ready to provide you with CNC milling, unique engineering and manufacturing capabilities, and unparalleled partnership and support. Discover the difference collaboration can make. Discover what you can do with Walpole Outdoors.


Driveway Gates - The First Impression of Your Home

When you envision your home’s entryway, quite often the front door is viewed as the centerpiece. And you wouldn’t be wrong. But there is one thing that makes an arguably better first impression than any other exterior feature of your home. The driveway gate. The driveway gate is a versatile element that rolls out the proverbial welcome mat in a way no other feature can. A well-designed custom driveway gate serves as a statement of your home’s style, and better yet, it leaves a first impression that lasts. 

A well-balanced blend of functionality and aesthetics, properly chosen and installed driveway gates draw immediate attention to your home, seamlessly blending with the natural design and flow of the property. The gateway to your home and one of the defining factors of your curb appeal, these gates serve a dual purpose: they’re visually pleasing and provide added security and privacy for your property.

Depending on your home’s architectural style and landscaping, consider both your aesthetic and utilitarian goals for your driveway gate. Likely, they will work hand-in-hand to meet all of your gate criteria. Are you fond of traditional scalloped swing gates? Or perhaps you’re drawn to double gates outfitted with pillars, lanterns, and gate arbors. Size, scale, function, and style are all equal players in the gate-making game.

Size, Shape, and Function

Generally, the width of the driveway gate can be determined by the width of the driveway itself, taking into consideration any existing perimeter whether fencing or a natural privacy border are already in place. The height, however, can be entirely determined by you. Taller driveway gates offer a dramatic entrance, often incorporated into stately manors or grand estates. Shorter gates interfere less with the view in and out of the property. What’s a good rule of thumb? Your driveway gate height should be proportional to the width of the driveway.

To slide or to swing, that is the question. Functionally, gates open in one of two ways. When most people think of gorgeous, statement-worthy driveway gates they typically picture the traditional swinging gate. Swinging gates are found everywhere from residential driveways to industrial properties. Secured with traditional latches or via an electronic keypad or remote opener, swinging gates are low maintenance, elegant, and durable. Sliding gates open and close like you’d imagine: sliding from side to side becoming fully “tucked away” when open. Gates that slide open work best if you’re short on space or have a narrower driveway. They afford the same elegance and security of a swing gate without the need for a wide arc’s worth of space to open. 

And finally, there’s the shape. With an incredible range of styles and materials Walpole can craft a custom driveway gate to meet your style. Whether you see your custom driveway gate as an extension of your home or consider it an entirely separate utilitarian feature, you have almost infinite possibility when it comes to driveway gate styles. And we’re not just talking materials. Gravitate toward graceful arches or clean, streamlined edges? Classic or contemporary? Rustic or refined? Luckily, there’s a gate for you.


Sleek and streamlined, this custom driveway gate features clean, horizontal lines with minimalistic hinges in keeping with contemporary style of this home. Contemporary driveway gates can be custom fabricated with AZEK, metal, or wood and then painted in one of more than 100 choices in Sherwin-Williams VinylSafe colors, guaranteed to be safe from cracking, peeling, and blistering for 25 years.


Classic and elegant, this custom driveway gate features smooth straight lines and gentle curves, offering a glimpse of your home. Driveway gate designs often feature a a curved top edge – whether arched or scalloped. Here, a Chestnut Hill Driveway Gate offers sophistication, security, and style with a scalloped top edge and handcrafted recessed panels.


Taking inspiration from another era, historical driveway gates can create a sense of time and place to your property. Keeping in period of your home, Walpole can craft a custom driveway gate to complement your historical property seamlessly and effortlessly—whether you’d like it to look like a gate from an old world-y estate or from a 19th Century Georgian Colonial, as seen in this property.

It’s all in the details.

After form and function come the flourishes to your custom driveway gate. Embellishments like gate arbors, custom vinyl pergolas and the other intricate design elements can enhance your gate in a big way. Finials and cutouts offer an interesting architectural detail while inlays and hinges put the finishing touches on your new custom gate. Here, a handsome Walpole Convex Entrance Gate flanked by square paneled pillar posts with dentil detailing and Walpole Urn finial not only functional but impressive.


Flanking either side of this Chippendale gate are two lantern-topped pillars that seamlessly connect the driveway gate to the natural privacy hedging framing the property.


With a range of custom vinyl pergolas and gate arbors, Walpole offers many gates that can be tailored to your home's architecture and existing landscaping – no matter your stylistic preference. Custom touches like elaborate light fixtures, stately pillars, or custom vinyl pergolas can be integrated to enhance the overall design of your driveway gate.

At Walpole Outdoors, we’ve been helping families create exceptional outdoor structures since 1933. As are the leading designers, fabricators, and installers of the highest quality gates, fencing, gate arbors, and custom vinyl pergolas, we can help you make a lasting first impression with a custom driveway gate. To ensure that your finished product lives up to your expectations, driveway gate and pergola projects require expert design advice, meticulous measurements, and professional installation. Look for a partner who can provide all three. From consultation to concept to completion, you and your property deserve the best. Call us to schedule a free measurement and design consultation of your property, so we can start planning right now for your next project. 


How the Right Fence Can Turn a Yard into the Perfect Living Space

Perhaps you’ve created the yard you’ve always dreamed of complete with a custom outdoor kitchen, a perfect pool and gorgeous gardens. But close proximity to your neighbors, traffic noise, or an unsightly view, may keep you from enjoying the backyard retreat you’ve created and cared for. The addition of an AZEK or custom wood fence can work as a buffer to create a more secluded outdoor retreat. Whether you want to establish safe borders, enhance your garden, or feel like you're a world away, a fence can be invaluable in your outdoor space. Extending the footprint of your home, custom AZEK fences can be installed alongside a patio, deck, or pool to create outdoor areas for entertainment, play, and relaxation. Offering the perfect blend of beauty and function, AZEK fences can create different types of spaces throughout your property that best serve your family’s needs while adding a layer of privacy in your backyard

Around a pool area, a fence plays a pivotal role. Whether an AZEK or a custom wood fence, creating a stylish and distinctive perimeter is like the cherry on top of an already picturesque outdoor space. Not to mention, a thoughtfully placed, expertly crafted fence affords seemingly effortless privacy and safety to your space.

If your kids practice sports or just like to run wild outside, it’s easy and important to create a place for them to do so. A solid AZEK or custom wood fence can easily create a perimeter for a designated ball play space in your backyard.

Or perhaps, you’re planning to designate a nook in where quiet and reflection, not physical activity, takes center stage. For a secluded setting, consider lattice for a natural privacy barrier. Allow climbing hydrangeas or other perennial vines to grow up the lattice for a tranquil and inspiring outdoor room.

Less is More with Lattice

By enclosing your outdoor spaces with custom fencing, you not only protect your investment of time, energy and effort you have put into curating your space; you set the stylistic tone. Lattice fences lend themselves as easy dividers between outdoor spaces throughout your property, creating seating areas, garden enclosures or skirting a pool area, helping to blur the line between inside and out. And the ways you can use lattices to express your styles are endless.

Here, a lattice fence is outfitted with wire insets offering plenty of cottage charm, serving as the quintessential backdrop for climbing plants while maintaining its intended function and purpose. Stylish lattice fences provide a feeling of privacy, encourage climbing plants, and when strategically located, can deter deer from grazing on your property.

Add a simple, elegant architectural element to a patio or deck and tie an entire outdoor “room” together with AZEK solid cellular PVC customized lattice fencing (or even simple lattice kits). This Lattice-over-Lattice Fence and Double Custom Vinyl Gate offers delightful views of the sweeping lawns while doubling as a safe pool enclosure. From crafting a private oasis in a bustling metropolis to replicating a historical Victorian Lattice Fence, Walpole’s lattice fences can be tailored to any aesthetic – with more than 40 different fencing styles to choose from. 

Open or Closed, Gates Always Say Welcome

Rolling out the welcome mat in a way no ordinary pathway can, a custom vinyl gate offers the chance to create that wow-factor upon first glance. Guests encounter the entrance to your outdoor space first, so make the kind of first impression that sparks the curiosity and piques interest about what’s beyond the gate. Draped with colorful clematis or fragrant climbing roses, the right gate can create a dramatic focal point of a garden, patio or terrace. With the weight, look and feel of real wood, a custom vinyl gate from Walpole will mark the entry of your outdoor space in style.

Integrate custom vinyl gates throughout your outdoor space to serve as transitions between one outdoor room with the next. Enclose a backyard, connect two garden rooms, or section off a side yard space for play. Make your outdoor space unforgettable by adding a custom vinyl gate, customized to almost any height and width, in an extensive range of styles. Here, Walpole incorporated an impressive radius Chestnut Hill fence and walk gates to enclose a defined area of greenery. 

From the classic to the contemporary, Walpole’s extensive line of fences and gates is long-lasting and distinctive. Crafted from wood or solid cellular PVC (an environmentally friendly synthetic material), these fences and gates are completely customizable, built to last, and offer little-to-no maintenance. Ranging from monochromatic to bold-blended hues, Walpole’s line of AZEK fences, gates and other products come signed, sealed, and delivered in one of more than 100 Sherwin-Williams VinylSafe paint colors. From a vivid Verde Green to a dramatic custom black, Walpole can tailor custom gates, lattice fences, or any other exterior projects with its expansive palate of color choices, guaranteed to last for 25 years.

Walpole Outdoors specializes in creating amazing outdoor spaces for the most discerning homeowners. Walpole designers are available now to schedule a free measurement and design consultation of your property, so you can get your outdoor project underway! 


Transforming Commercial Spaces with Custom Pergolas

Making improvements to your business facade will undoubtedly boost your foot traffic, improve your customer reviews, and increase the value of your business. Why? It turns out, folks sometimes do judge a book by its cover. Sure, things like customer service, referrals and a great product are equally important fundamentals of operating a successful business. But curb appeal is one of your most valuable marketing tools. Investing in the exterior of your property will result with big returns on the all-important first impression. 

Providing shelter from inclement weather, offering additional seating space, and enhancing your entrance, commercial pergolas are easily one of the most visually appealing ways to level up your outdoor space. And here’s how.

Make a Grand Entrance

Attached or freestanding—custom pergolas up your foot traffic, increase the value of your business and improve your customer reviews. For forward-thinking entrepreneurs understanding the need to expand their business’s footprint, custom Walpole AZEK pergolas deliver. An attached commercial pergola lends itself as an extension to your business, offering shelter and shade while helping connect your indoor and outdoor spaces. 

Welcome your customers through a grand entranceway with a distinctive pergola. As versatile as it is durable, a commercial pergola crafted from AZEK solid cellular PVC (an environmentally friendly synthetic material) is low maintenance, made to last, and completely customizable. Integrate an impressive pergola with a vinyl arbor like this custom AZEK entryway commercial pergola for a fantastic way to enhance curb appeal framing the entrance of your business. Whether painted crisp white or in a designer shade, the addition of a pergola or vinyl arbor at your place of business can be the very first things that your customers notice.

Considering the addition of an AZEK pergola when thinking about ways to define your commercial property is probably a good idea. Why? Because first impressions – good or bad – are everything. First impressions influence the way people shop, play, and dine. And let’s face it – you don’t get a second chance to make a good first impression. For instance, this expansive handcrafted custom Gallery Vinyl Arbor makes a striking first impression over its entryway. 

Al Fresco Ambiance

Dining alfresco is a beloved warm-weather tradition. The natural backdrop provides its own ambiance, great views and a festive atmosphere. During the pandemic, even more restaurants introduced sidewalk tables, garden seating, and rooftop bar lounges to attract and keep customers and keep their revenue streams strong. And these smart upgrades will have value for years to come, including acting as “free” advertising, but showing off the outdoor dining experience to passing pedestrians and drivers, turning many into patrons. 

Why not capitalize on the outdoor dining trend by transforming your space with an inviting commercial pergola? The simple addition of a pergola for restaurants or cafes can instantly enhance the outdoor dining experience and invite diners into your establishment.

Custom pergolas can add structure and shelter to transform an unremarkable façade, patio, courtyard, or roof into someplace special that your patrons, your employees, and your bottom line will appreciate.

Imagine your customers stepping outside into a striking outdoor space, complete with a pergola with built-in lighting. With the addition of an artfully designed pergola, you have created the ultimate outside veranda. And it can be replicated anywhere. Rooftop Bar? A pergola with built-in lighting provides creates a backdrop framing the night skyline perfect for snapping shareable pics of your establishment. Diners and bargoers are hungry for more than just what’s on your menu: they value experiences they can share in person and on social media. Sidewalk café? A handsome, head-turning attached pergola will pique the interest of anyone driving or walking by your outdoor dining space now imagining sipping a café au lait on your perfect pergola-covered space. 

A Place for Gathering

AZEK pergolas offer a smart expansion of your footprint for all the reasons that your guests, diners, or employees might want more space. When thinking about making any upgrades or improvements this season, consider ways to use AZEK pergolas to create an outdoor space for gathering and socializing. Whether for the overflow of guests, a social gathering or an outdoor meeting space, pergolas can be integrated at most brick-and-mortars, office spaces or private clubs--and the flexibility of design is almost limitless. 

This impressive custom 8-column pergola structure on the campus of Bryant University, Smithfield, Rhode Island creates a focal gathering spot that is both architecturally impactful and inviting. Likewise, this expansive double shade pergola allows members of a private club to enjoy socializing outdoors, sheltered from gentle rain or blazing sunlight. Walpole's Shade canopies can be integrated into your custom commercial pergola design, providing comfort even in harsh sun or a light drizzle. Walpole offers motor-driven or manually operated canopies in a range of colors and to any size, crafted with Sunbrella rain resistant shade canopy fabric in many solids and stripes and in Harbor-Time waterproof fabrics.

If you’re ready to transform your commercial space with a custom pergola, Walpole Outdoors can develop a solution to match your needs and make an amazing impression on your employees, customers, and visitors. Discover the difference quality craftsmanship and impeccable design make and schedule your free professional design consultation today