A pergola is an outdoor open-sided structure usually made with wooden pillars and framework topped with lattice, forming a shaded walkway, passageway, or sitting area of posts or pillars that usually support cross-beams. A pergola can create a focal point in a garden.
When choosing a location for your pergola, you need to consider the function and purpose you are intended for it. Pergola’s are particularly effective at joining two different parts of your garden; for example, the vegetable plot and the lawn. Or perhaps you want to create a shady seating area.
Clear any plants and shrubs which are already in the location of the pergola and level the site if the ground is uneven.
Measure the area of ground where the pergola is to be situated. Identify where the posts will be and mark their exact positions.
The best materials to use for your Garden Pergola
Wood is the most common type, with softwood being favoured. This is wood that has been pressure treated with a suitable preservative. Hardwood has natural durability and doesn’t require pressure treatment.
Brick or stone is sometimes a popular option it the pergola is an extension to a building, choosing the same or similar type of material as the original structure or building.
Metal pergolas are becoming more popular choices, particularly for a contemporary feel. There are lots more options for pergolas made from metal as it’s a much more durable material. Contact us now to learn more.