Pergolas can be built as part of a new landscape design; as a laid-back cover for a BBQ or hot tub area; as a decorative addition to a garden; to cover a walkway, patio or deck; or as an attractive way to define a parking space. A pergola can be freestanding or attached to the home and has a slatted or lattice roof that allows sunlight (and rain) to filter through.
People often train flowering vines or ivy to grow up the pillars and through the open slats of a pergola for decorative reasons and to add shade. Pergolas can be open-topped, pitched or gable-roofed. Contractors can build them out of cedar, metal, vinyl, pressure-treated pine, redwood, steel or composite decking. Several factors affect the cost of building a pergola.
Factors That Can Increase or Decrease Total Cost of the Project
No two pergolas cost the same amount, and there are a number of factors that can influence the total expense of the project. Perhaps the biggest determining factor is whether homeowners will buy a pergola ready-made and install it themselves or whether they will design a customized design that needs to be constructed with the help of professional labor. The cost of materials is also a factor, and geographic location can play a role in how much wood, vinyl, fiberglass or aluminum costs. Pergolas designed to create more shade will tend to have a greater number of rafters, and this will also increase the total cost of the project.
Additional things to consider that will affect price include the following:
- Size of the pergola
- Whether a patio is installed underneath the pergola
- Whether the pergola is attached to the home or free-standing
- Stains, seals or paints required on the wood
- Professional designers used to create pergola plans
Variety of Materials For Pergola Construction
Pergolas can be made from any number of materials, but the most common include wood, fiberglass, aluminum and vinyl. Wood is by far the most popular material for pergolas. It creates a natural look that is versatile enough to fit in with any design ideas or plan for the space. Since wood can come in so many varieties, it is up to each homeowner to pick the material that best fits their design ideals and budget. Redwood and cedar are both durable options that can withstand harsh weather conditions, but they tend to be the most expensive. A budget wood option could be pressure-treated posts simply wrapped in a thin layer of hardwood to get the aesthetic effect at half the price.
Highlights and drawbacks of the other popular pergola materials are listed below:
- Fiberglass: Lightweight, minimal upkeep, most expensive
- Vinyl: Easy to clean, often used in pergola kits, durable
- Aluminum: Common in hot climates, affordable, less aesthetically pleasing
Ready-Made vs. Customized Pergolas
One of the big decisions that homeowners will need to make when selecting a pergola for their property is whether to invest in a customized pergola constructed on site or a ready-made pergola that simply needs to be installed. When budget is a concern, a ready-made pergola will typically be the cheapest option. Ready-made Pergolas come in a variety of sizes, styles, materials and colors, but they won’t give homeowners the unique look that fits in perfectly with their backyard space. Customized pergolas will also take much longer to construct and install, and the labor involved drives up the price substantially. A typical pergola covering just 100 square feet tends to take upwards of 35 man hours, which can be a considerable expense for anyone on a limited budget.
Be sure to reach out to Signature Decks to talk prices and see what options are best for your pergola budget.