How much does a pergola cost?
Pergola kit prices range from less than $200 for a cheap, small bamboo pergola suitable for not much more than decorative purposes all the way up to $10,000 or more for patio-sized wooden pergolas with built-in seating. Custom-built pergolas designed and installed by a private contractor can cost even more.
Does a pergola need to be anchored?
Yes. Typically, a pergola will be secured with stainless-steel anchors and anchor bolts (to concrete) or lag bolts (to wood). For larger pergolas and those mounted on uneven surfaces such as flagstones, you may need to dig holes and sink footings in cement as well. Pergola manufacturer Forever Redwood has a good step-by-step PDF that outlines how to anchor a pergola.
Can a pergola be built on a deck?
Yes. Pergolas are suitable for most any level outdoor space, provided that they're properly anchored.
Can a pergola be attached to a house?
Yes. Lowe's and Home Depot both carry attached pergola kits, as do other retailers. But freestanding pergolas are more common.
Where can I find DIY pergola plans to build my own?
If you'd prefer to build a custom pergola rather than from a pergola kit, you'll need to download a detailed building plan. You can find free DIY pergola plans and how-to videos at HGTV, DIY Network, Popular Mechanics, retailers like Lowe's, and home renovation blogs.
Does a pergola block sun?
A pergola's overhead joists will block some sunlight on their own, but for additional shade look for a pergola that comes with an awning.
Does a pergola require a permit?
Building a pergola on your property may or may not require a construction permit, depending on where you live. Contact your municipality to find out if a permit is required.
Can a pergola have a solid roof?
No, that's called a gazebo.