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How to Choose a Pergola That Works for You

By Ed Ball | Published on May 30, 2022 | 1 min read

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Your home’s outdoor space can be a great place to relax, entertain friends and family, or enjoy the outdoors. But a plain outdoor space may not be as welcoming.

You can spice up your outdoor space aesthetics and appeal by adding a pergola.

Pergolas have been used since ancient times. Egyptians, Mediterranean, and Roman cultures featured them in their homes. Today, they still have great appeal for the improved style and functionality of your home.

Choosing one that suits you should not be a chore. This article will tell you what you need to consider for the perfect pergola for your home.


Purpose/Use of the Pergola

Pergolas serve different purposes for different users. You need to understand what you need your pergola for. How will you use the pergola every day and on special occasions?

Your pergola can be a getaway, an entertainment space, hosting space for family and friends, storage, and a couple’s private space. Once you know what purpose it will serve, you can choose what size and features to add to the pergola.

Design, Shape, and Color

The design, shape, and color are going to have a huge impact on the look and feel of your space. Do you plan to use the space all year long? You need to ensure it is weatherproof. Do you want vegetation growing everywhere or do you want it more organized? Should the pergola be freestanding or attached to the home?

As you consider these, ensure that the pergola you choose is in sync with the home design and architecture.


When choosing a pergola, you can choose from a wide range of materials. Traditional materials include wood, brick, and stone. Less traditional materials include aluminum, steel, and fiberglass.

It is important to pay attention to the purpose, design, and materials of your pergola. The materials determine how you will maintain your pergola. Less traditional materials are easier to maintain. This is because they are not vulnerable to pests and rot. Additionally, they can mimic traditional materials with the right coat.