The Ultimate Guide to the Best Pergolas for Your Outdoor Oasis

Stepping out into your own backyard retreat on a warm, sunny day is like a mini vacation. If you add a pergola, with its post-supported and open framework roof, you can create a defined outdoor seating area that extends your living space and enhances your backyard’s appeal. While custom-built pergolas offer personalized designs, they can be costly and require a contractor’s schedule. To overcome this, DIY pergola kits are an affordable and attractive option that can be delivered to your home and built over a day or a weekend. The pergola’s size and design will determine the time required for the project, which will vary according to your experience. Sara Bendrick, a licensed landscape contractor in San Diego and host on the DIY Network and HGTV, appreciates the “wow factor” a pergola brings to an outdoor living area. According to Bendrick, a pergola offers a shaded space to cool down during the summer months, and if attached to the house or close to the back door, it can help prolong the life of the structure by shielding it from the sun. Additionally

Backyard Discovery Cedar Solid Wood 10′ x 14′ Pergola

This Backyard Discovery cedar pergola is a beautiful addition to any backyard, providing ample space for outdoor lounging and entertaining. Resin feet and concrete anchors ensure stability and weather resistance, making it a secure structure during wind and rain. It offers over 120 square feet of overhead shade and there is plenty of room for vines and plants to enhance its aesthetic and cultivate additional shade. Measuring 14 feet by 10 feet and with an interior height of 7 feet, this rectangular pergola provides 63 square feet of inside space for hanging lights and planters and placing outdoor furniture, a barbecue grill, and more. Assembly is made easy thanks to the manufacturer’s BILT app, which guides users through the setup step by step. The pieces come prestained, precut, and ready to assemble, only requiring the right tools and an extra set of hands for assistance. Made from Cedar wood, this pergola is sure to last for years to come. The only downside is that it only comes in one colorway, and may require specific tools or help to assemble.

Aleko Aluminum Pergola with Canopy

Specifications

– Dimensions: 7 feet (height), square shape

– Material: Propylene fabric

– Coverage Area: 100 square feet

Pergolas can be quite expensive, but this highly-rated option is priced just over $500, making it a great deal. The frame is made of rust-resistant powder-coated aluminum and weighs over 75 pounds, and comes with anchoring hardware. The roof features decorative angled, notched joists.

The Roman-style canopy shade is made of woven propylene fabric that is weather-resistant and available in burnt orange terracotta. This pergola provides 100 square feet of shade and stands at approximately 7 feet tall.

DuraTrel Queensbrook Pergola

Introducing a grand pergola that will add both an elegant and functional touch to your backyard. Spanning 115 inches, this pergola boasts a flat top with slatted coverings, perfect for relaxing on a hot summer day or sheltering from the rain. 

What’s more, its pre-cut pieces can be easily modified to suit your preferences, making assembly a breeze without the need for a tedious starting-from-scratch process. Made of vinyl, it requires little to no maintenance, and won’t succumb to rot, rust, peeling, or warping. It even comes with sturdy metal anchors to secure its foundation. 

Key Features:

– Vinyl pergola frame 

Specifications:

– 115 inches x 115 inches x 96 inches 

Pros:

– Covers 115 square feet with shade 

– Stable and durable, even on uneven terrain 

– Simple to assemble 

Cons:

  • – None to mention

A & L Furniture Western Red Cedar Pergola

A & L Furniture’s Western Red Cedar Pergola is the second recommended kit on our list. It has three size options: 6 x 8 feet, 8 x 10 feet, and 8 x 8 feet, and comes with a deck and swing hangers.

Our experience with this pergola was excellent. As we were looking for a pergola near our swimming pool with a deck, A & L Furniture’s product proved to be the perfect fit with its stylish and sturdy deck. Additionally, the pergola’s swing hangers offer great versatility – whether you want to add a swing or hang curtains.

This product’s variety is impressive, as it comes in nine color finishes. The inclusion of four Hurricane Anchor Stakes also provides great stability for the pergola. Moreover, the naturally pest and weather-resistant wood make this pergola a reliable outdoor furnishing.

Pros:

– Variety of color choices

– Three sizes available

– Deck and swing hangers

– Comes with four Hurricane Anchor Stakes

Cons:

  • – The biggest size is smaller than other options on the list and may not be ideal for those seeking a large pergola.

 Use A Pitched Pergola Roof For Privacy

Pergolas are versatile outdoor structures that can be enjoyed in areas of any size, including as ideas for balcony gardens or rooftop gardens. However, one of their most important functions, especially in an urban environment, is as a garden screening idea.

Opting for a pitched roof can add height, be less obtrusive from below, and bring an attractive architectural element to your backyard. Whether adorned with lavish flower climbers or a modest timber slatted surface, the overhead covering can ensure privacy from neighboring properties, a vital feature in city or town gardens. It can also offer shelter from the sun, wind, or rain, making it an ideal spot for admiring stunning country garden views.

Further enhance the pergola’s ambiance by dangling a string of simplistic bulb lights, which can not only infuse the space with light but also extend its use well into the evening.

Best Deck Builder and Pergolas Services

With over three decades of experience in construction, fencing, and renovation of wooden decks and pergolas, our team of highly trained professionals at Best Deck Builder and Pergolas can execute any type of timber decking and pergola project, as well as fencing and flooring. We offer customization options to suit your requirements and enhance the value of your property. We pride ourselves on offering some of the best decking timber in Australia at unbeatable prices, made from premium quality material to elevate your exteriors. Our expert team strives to understand your specific needs to deliver impeccable solutions that are modern and worthwhile. 

For any decking project, Best Deck Builder and Pergolas provides cutting-edge and professional services. Our team has mastered the technical and complex aspects of this industry, offering bespoke decking and pergola solutions that are sophisticated and quality-focused. We regularly update ourselves with the latest industry advancements to maintain our aim for perfection in every project. Our services are appreciated by discerning customers looking for quality workmanship at reasonable prices. Our team can handle any project with precision, from simple to intricate designs, within budget and deadlines. 

At Best Deck Builder and Pergolas, we pride ourselves on maintaining our work site’s cleanliness and ensuring our workers’ safety. We strive to minimize disruptions to your daily routine while upholding efficiency and safety standards. Our team can design and construct any type of decks, pergolas, and home improvement project to fit any budget. We prioritize customer satisfaction to showcase our craftsmanship and expertise in our industry.

FAQs

If you’ve made the decision to buy a pergola kit, you may have some additional questions around its function or optimal usage. Below are some of the most commonly asked questions, along with their respective answers, regarding owning a pergola.

What is the purpose of a pergola?

A pergola serves to extend living space into the outdoors, effectively creating an open-air room that shields users from harsh sunlight and weather while offering a place to entertain and unwind.

How do I go about choosing a pergola?

The optimal pergola for you depends on several factors, including the amount of available outdoor space, your desired pergola type and construction material, and any additional features or personal preferences.

Can I add a cover to my pergola?

Yes, you can install a cover to enhance shade and comfort within the pergola. It’s best to select a waterproof, easy-to-maintain fabric.

Is a pergola classified as a permanent structure?

Pergolas are considered an open structure for the yard or patio/deck space. In most instances, they do not require a permit, but in some instances, if the pergola attaches to the house, a permit may be necessary. It’s important to check local regulations pertaining to pergolas or similar structures prior to purchase.

How long does it take to install a pergola kit?

The amount of time it takes to install a pergola kit depends on its individual characteristics and the complexity of the assembly. Generally speaking, having one or more people to assist with the installation can make the process quicker and more straightforward.

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