Choosing the Best Pergola

Man building a pergola
  • 5-20 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 150-1,000

A pergola is an easy structure that almost anyone can build. You can find many plans for a semi-custom pergola that even a do-it-yourself novice can build. There are a few things you want to consider when you choose the best pergola for your yard.

Wood or Composite?

composite freestanding pergola

A natural wooden pergola will look magnificent with a more traditional home style. Composite materials are cheaper and easier to maintain. You can also find composite materials in a larger variety of styles and looks, and may work better with a more modern styled home.

Pergola Styles

pergola attached to back of a house

You can build a pergola that attaches to your home and serves as a decorative porch, or a freestanding pergola somewhere else in the yard. You will also need to choose the design style itself. You can find a traditional squared pergola or an arbor pergola. The arbor pergolas are popular if you want to grow vines or roses on the structure.

Finding the best pergola option will be a matter of choice. You need to think about many things, such as where it is going to be placed, the style of your home, the size you want, and what you will use it for. You can do a simple internet search to find photos of many different styles for inspiration.