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Add Character and Shade to Your Home with a New Pergola

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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.

Our Approach to Your
New Pergola

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Initial Meeting

We will meet with you and your family to better understand your needs, expectations, and budget. We ask questions and really listen to learn how you plan to enjoy your pergola. This is a free, no-obligation consultation to guarantee that we understand your practical use and appearance objectives so we can take your project to a successful conclusion.

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Thorough Planning

We are passionate about our work. In addition, we take the information gathered during pre-planning and create a customized design that works with the existing structure of your home and accommodates the activities your family wants and needs. Lastly, we will present fully-detailed options and make recommendations to help guide you through the decision-making process.

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Project Management

Our professional staff will supervise all work to ensure that you receive quality workmanship and guarantee total satisfaction with your pergola. We will expedite all building permits, and assist in making presentations to satisfy homeowners’ association regulations. We are serious about being respectful and protective of your family and your property and about keeping your project from interfering with day-to-day activities as much as possible.

Extend the Enjoyment of Your Home with a New Pergola

Are you thinking that your family could benefit from the comfort and enjoyment of a pergola? Perhaps, you’d like to add visual interest to your landscaping. Although seemingly simple, pergolas provide a foundation for more elaborate landscaping features.

Or, you wish for a serene spot to cool off in the warmer months. Pergolas 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.

Benefits of a Pergola

Pergolas are open structures designed to allow air to circulate freely. Although airy, pergolas provide some protection from weather elements. For instance, the side of your home often serves as a windbreak for your attached pergola. Similarly, you’ll have some much-needed shade. Plus, depending on the roofing design, pergolas also provide some shelter from the rain.

Moreover, accessories like curtains or adjustable louvered roofs provide even more protection from the weather. Likewise, including other accessories like hanging plants or lights makes your outdoor space more enjoyable.

Types of Pergolas

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.


If you want a more maintenance-free option, 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.


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.


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.

Structurally Speaking is available to homeowners in Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Chapel Hill, Wake Forest, Apex, Hillsborough, Carrboro, Holly Springs, Garner, and other surrounding areas. Contact our specialists to begin building your perfect pergola today!

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Customer Thoughts

“We could not be more pleased. Jim Brennan has a gift for design, and Structurally Speaking’s crew did an excellent job of turning our vision into a reality. Their attention to detail and their overall workmanship was wonderful.

Mike Rosenthal

“I wanted to commend your team on the progress they have made. I got home late last night, and I was amazed at the progress that was made on our new deck. I was equally amazed at how much it looks like the actual diagram that we discussed!!! Awesome job!!!”

Brister Gowdy

“The deck is sooooooooooooo pretty at night with the lighting. We will really enjoy sitting on the deck this summer.”

Becky Rainey

“Deck looks great. Thanks for your work and design. I think we will enjoy this set up for years to come, it really preserves the view from the dining room window and opens up to the back yard on the upper end.”

Brian Fork

“Every design suggestion you made worked out perfectly! The size…the placement of the exit door…the little deck…and, of course, the new cedar siding on the house wall! The only piece that is a null for me is the place for my invisible grill! I hope your other customers enjoy their structures as much as I enjoy mine.”

Trudi Kappel

“Jim and the crew of Structurally Speaking were fantastic. Jim’s ideas for the design worked much better than the ones we had in mind. The work was done quickly and professionally. Our porch looks amazing and our family (especially our kids) spend most of their time there.”

Ofri Leitner

We are getting ready to add a pool to the backyard and the other day we had a landscape architect looking at the site for some design ideas.  As he stood and looked at it and turned to look back at the porch, he said: “That room looks absolutely fantastic. You must spend a ton of time out there.”

He could not believe it when I told him that it was not original to the house. (As an added side note, we had an actual architect out a few months ago to look at an addition proposal in back and he said the same thing. The interesting side note on that one was that by pure coincidence, he happened to be from the very firm that originally designed the house!)


“Structurally Speaking added a custom screened-in porch for our home. We had a wonderful experience with Structurally Speaking and use our screened-in porch all the time!! Jim has a great eye for design and included touches that make the space unique and extremely usable. He always responded promptly and dealt incredibly fairly when discussing details and costs. His crew was efficient and detail oriented. I asked him a ton of questions along the way and he was always responsive, candid, and kind. We highly recommend Structurally Speaking as a fantastic option for high-quality design and function!!”

S. McIIain

“Very happy with the results of our new deck and porch replacing our old deck which was destroyed by a fallen tree. Want to say that communication about the details from design to estimate to implementation was fantastic. Jim Brennan(and his staff) took the time to answer all our questions before, during, and after the project was completed. Would recommend Structurally Speaking to anyone wanting a new deck and or porch.”

T. Jacobs