People have used pergolas for thousands of years to create shade and beauty in outdoor spaces. Traditionally, pergolas are wooden, rectangular-shaped, open structures. However, today’s modern designs incorporate a variety of materials and shapes. An experienced pergola contractor can create the perfect structure for your yard.
Structurally Speaking has been helping homeowners create beautiful outdoor additions since 2008. Our passion for designing and building shows through every project. Beginning with our personalized consultation, we’re committed to building the ideal pergola you need and can afford.
Some Of The Many Benefits Of A Pergola
Primarily, pergolas are open structures adding visual interest to your landscaping. Although seemingly simple, pergolas provide a foundation for more elaborate landscaping features. Plus, by using elements from both the interior and exterior of your home, you create a visual link.
For example, your pergola can be a framework for climbing plants such as roses or wisteria. You can also hang a chandelier for a touch of elegance or string lights for a festive atmosphere. Thus, these versatile structures can enhance any type of home.
Nonetheless, these structures provide much more than just visual interest. Pergolas can provide much-needed shade in a sunny spot in your yard. Moreover, they define outdoor space and add value to your home. Presently, backyard pergolas are extremely popular and trendy leading Houzz to declare The Year of the Pergola.
Notably, the most popular type is a wooden, rectangular shape with a flat latticework of rafters for a roof. However, modern styles can incorporate curving lines, innovative roofing styles, and contemporary materials. Moreover, in addition to using traditional wood, contractors can build pergolas from metal, vinyl, and fiberglass.
Traditionally, wood has been the material of choice for many pergola builders. Wood offers a natural yet elegant look. A cost-effective choice, you can also stain or paint your structure in a variety of colors. Thus, your pergola can blend in or make a dramatic statement.
In addition, you can choose from a variety of wood such as pressure treated, cedar, redwood, or tropical hardwoods. Although resistant to rot and insects, wood pergolas will require either sealing, staining, or sealing every few years.
If you want a more maintenance-free option, you may want to consider a metal pergola. Available in either steel or aluminum, metal is stronger and more durable than wood. You’ll never have to worry about cracking, splintering, or warping with a metal pergola.
Plus, a metal pergola offers a minimalist design for a modern, sleek look. Moreover, metal pergolas are very versatile. Available in a wide array of colors and designs, you have plenty of flexibility to complement your outdoors.
Another low-maintenance choice is vinyl. Rot, insect, and mold resistant, vinyl requires very little upkeep. Plus, some manufacturers construct vinyl pergolas with a metal interior for improved durability and strength.
Admittedly, the biggest drawback with vinyl is the lack of color choices. Currently, vinyl pergolas are only available in white.
Ultimately, the material offering the greatest strength, durability, and lowest maintenance requirements is fiberglass. Although the most expensive material choice, fiberglass won’t rust or corrode. Moreover, its strength allows for longer spans. Plus, you can choose from a wide variety of colors.
FAQs When Hiring A Pergola Contractor
Certainly, when you decide to undertake any type of home improvement project, you’ll have a lot of questions. We’ve put together some of our most frequently asked ones.
Are DIY Kits A Good Investment?
Undoubtedly, as you start investigating materials and designs for your pergola, you’ll come across many manufacturers selling DIY kits. Certainly, the greatest appeal of these kits is the amount of money you’ll save on labor. Moreover, pergolas appear to be an easy structure to build.
Yet, building a functional, beautiful pergola also involves thoughtful consideration of several landscaping principles. Designing a structure both proportionally sized and complementary to your home is hard. Additionally, structures built from a DIY kit have conventional, unimaginative, and uninspired designs.
Moreover, you’ll only be able to choose from standard sizes. A one size fits all mentality won’t necessarily be a perfect fit for your yard. If you choose a smaller size, you may overcrowd your guests when entertaining. While if you choose a larger size, the structure may encroach on other areas of your outdoor living space.
However, when you hire Structurally Speaking to build your pergola, you’ll get a unique structure well suited to your yard. We design your structure with your budget, function, and aesthetic goals in mind. Plus, we’ll present your design using computer software so that you can visualize the finished project in 3D clarity.
What Much Does It Cost To Build A Pergola?
Certainly, the price of your project varies according to the size of the structure, materials, design, and added accessories. However, when you call Structurally Speaking, we’ll give you a free consultation to discuss your project. Our owner, Jim Brenan, will personally meet with you to discuss your needs and budget.
Can I Personalize My Pergola With Accessories?
In addition to customizing your design, you can also add accessories to personalize your space. These added features can add privacy and increase usability:
- Retractable awning/rotating louver roof
- Privacy Walls
- Ceiling fan
Can You Build Other Outdoor Structures?
Certainly! We also build decks, screened-in porches, 3 season rooms, sunrooms, and hot tub decks. With competitive pricing and superb craftsmanship, you’ll see why our previous customers are always happy to recommend us.
Of course, hiring a pergola contractor that understands your needs is critical to loving your outdoor space. Structurally Speaking is passionate about creating the perfect outdoor structure for you. Call us at 919-786-4825 to set up an appointment for your free consultation.