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Prices and Costs for Pergolas

Prices and Costs for Pergolas

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Pergolas have been a fixture in landscapes and gardens since as early as the 1650s. A Latin word meaning ‘projecting eave,’ the first style of pergolas were made of wooden beams supported by columns, while modern ones typically have four posts combined with two supporting joists and a set of crossbeams. The open-roof building allows for the sun to come in at different angles as it rises and sets during the day.

A pergola is a great way to utilize outdoor space. Not only does it increase your property value, but it also bumps up the curb appeal of your patio, backyard or garden.

Pergolas are often confused with arbors, as both provide shade but are very different buildings. An arbor has latticework to shade the top of it, and there are usually three open sides as it’s generally attached to another structure. A pergola, which is actually a type of gazebo, is larger and is open on all four sides.

The average cost to have a pergola built in your backyard is between $3,000 and $5,000. Adding a trellis for extra privacy, shade, and protection bumps that cost up an additional $400 to $900 when done by a professional. Keep in mind that may not include some materials and labor prices, which include the planning, preparation, setup and cleanup, so you can expect that to be added to the final tally.

Definitely hire a professional if you want to build a non-standard shape pergola or install lighting, stereo equipment, or any other kind of extras. It will be worth the investment, and you can choose from a variety of woods, stains, and materials to build the high-quality pergola you expect. Make sure to get at least three or four estimates before deciding on which contractor you’ll use for the project.

Here are few tips and things to expect when choosing a professional to install your pergola.

  • Companies usually provide estimates at no cost.
  • The price of wood will vary between companies based on operation expenses and overhead.
  • For the best discounts, try to get prices in the late fall and early winter, when it’s the contractor’s slow season.
  • Wood pergolas average around $33.60 per square foot for the basic style and around $54.23 for the best quality pergola.
  • Materials costs average around $1,500 for a basic pergola to around $2,500 for the best model.
  • Installation cost for a basic pergola averages around $162, $175 for a better model, and between $185 and $196 for the best pergola you can get.
  • Try to budget an additional 15% on top of the average material and installation costs when building a pergola, as typically there will be unexpected costs associated with any type of home improvement project.
  • If you want a special style pergola to match your Colonial, Cape Cod, Victorian, or ranch home, it will likely be more expensive than the more basic models of pergolas. You can choose anything from contemporary to bungalow style pergolas.
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