A pergola is an outdoor landscape structure that provides shade for a walkway, passageway or sitting area. It may also be an extension of a building or serve as protection for an open terrace or a link between other structures. Although pergolas are not fully covered structures, they are built in a way that break up the sun. Pergolas make a great destination marker for outdoor living spaces, inviting guests to enjoy the outdoors while avoiding full sun exposure.
Anyone can benefit from a pergola, as long as waterproof isn’t on your list of requirements. The upside is that pergolas generally provide a more cost-effective option than fully covered outdoor structures and also reduce the air temperature by six to eight degrees. A quality-built pergola can cost anywhere from $4,500 to $10,000, depending on the size and materials. Property Pros prefer to use cedar wood in pergola construction.
If a waterproof cover is a requirement, consider installing a Smart Pergola. Utilizing motor mechanics, these specific pergolas are able to open and close at the top, providing a fully covered structure or a traditional pergola look. Cost for these are estimated to start around $75 per square foot.