Considering a Pergola: What You Need to Know

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A pergola is a nice outdoor structure for many homes. If you have been thinking about getting one constructed, you need to decide between a readymade one, or a custom built one. The beauty of having a contractor build your pergola is that you have a major say in the design of this structure. There are many questions that you need to consider before building a pergola.

What will you use it for?

The purpose for which you will be using the pergola plays an important role in its location and size. These structures are great for just relaxing, but can also be great for entertaining. They are also great areas for flowering plants or plants that require some shade throughout the day. Consider the purpose carefully before you begin making other plans.

What size should it be?

The size of the pergola will depend on a number of factors such as the use, the location, cost and zoning regulations. The size will also be partially dependent on the available space. It is important to bear in mind that the size will be determined based on the size of the roof.

Where should you put it?

Where to place the pergola will be one of the most important decisions you will need to make. If placed it the backyard, you could attach it to your house to serve as an entertainment area. Alternately, you can erect a freestanding pergola and use it as a trellis for running vines and other types of plants. We can help you choose the perfect spot, and we will make recommendations if you wish.

What style to choose?

The style will depend to some extent on what you mostly plan to use it for. You can choose to erect a simple structure with just four posts or even two if it is partially supported by another structure such as your house. Of course, you can also choose to erect an elaborate pergola consisting of many columns, a fancy roof and flooring.

At this stage, you also need to decide what type of material you want the pergola to be made from, such as wood, vinyl, fiberglass, or metal. It is necessary to consider the design of your house and even the general weather conditions of the area before choosing the material. The roof design is also an important consideration before moving forward with your building project.

How should I customize the pergola?

Customizing the pergola will depend for the most part on what it will be used for. This will help decide on features such as the type of lighting, use of solar panels or even ceiling fans to provide some cooling during summer.

At Leisure Time Decks, we can help you build a custom pergola that suits your style. If you want a pergola that is freestanding or attached to another structure such as a patio, we can do deliver this to your satisfaction.