Pergola Design: How to Choose Your Building Material

Have you decided that you want a pergola, but haven’t yet decided on which material to use? There are several things you should consider when making a decision about what material to use in your pergola design. The material you choose can be the single biggest factor that will affect the overall effect, success and long-term use of your pergola. Let’s take a look at some of the factors you should keep in mind when it comes to selecting your pergola material.

I want my pergola to…

Compliment your house? Add an aesthetic note to a garden? It is important to consider what your core motivation is in purchasing a pergola. The material you choose should work with the intended purpose of your pergola. If, for example, you are looking to create an extension of your home, you may want to select a material that works well with the core materials of your home and looks like an organic extension. On the other hand, if your goal is to create a true garden pergola, you will want to select a material that will work well with and support the growing plants and vines in your garden.

I want to work within a budget

Are you working with a budget? Different materials can naturally vary in price to a large degree. Make sure that you carefully consider your budget when deciding on your pergola material. Keep in mind that pergola kits, which come with built-in retractable canopies, can provide a great, consolidated solution under one price.

I want my pergola to be an environmentally-responsible choice

This is a more esoteric choice, but one that is driving more and more of us these days. Maintaining an environmentally responsible home has become pre-eminent in the decision-making process for a lot of consumers. Is this a concern for you? If so, you may want to consider a material like wood that is biodegradable and environmentally conscious.

I want my pergola to cope well with the elements

Most well-designed pergolas today are weather-proof, but certain materials can be better choices in certain environments. If you live in an area with a high yearly rainfall, you may want to select a material, like vinyl. Likewise, if you live in Southern California, you may want to look into a material that won’t fade as readily in the sun. Coping with the elements is a reality for all and choosing the right material, whether a maintenance-free option or one requiring some TLC, should be a key consideration of your pergola design.

Choosing the right material for your pergola will make a difference in your outdoor space and ensure it will last throughout the years. 

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