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Weighing out Your Options When Building a Pergola

With hundreds of designs out there for your outdoor pergola, it could take forever to choose the ideal one for you. But how do you select the best one?  There are many things to consider, for example, the material used to make the pergola, the size, and a lot more. Well, let’s look at the three famous materials when it comes to pergola (metal, wood, plastic) and see their pros and cons.


When it comes to constructing pergolas, the most economical material to use is metal and specifically aluminium. It is strictly followed by wood while vinyl is the most expensive of all. When you use aluminium, additional cost may be incurred to paint it a shade of timber. Wood will as well bear another maintenance cost of staining finishes and also treatment to ensure that it’s weatherproof. These will make the wood last longer, and it should always be done every three years to ensure that the wooden pergola stands the test of time.

The only time you will incur an extra cost is if you have installed a vinyl pergola since you will need to replace it after getting damages from natural disasters. In fact, many business owners will offer you a lifetime warranty on the vinyl pergola. However, it’s important to check what’s covered before you make a purchase.


When it comes to designing pergolas, wood is the best material to use. You can cut and carve it into whatever design and style you want. You can also modify vinyl beams yourself, but you need to be extra careful to prevent cracks. A metal pergola can only be modified by experts and with the right tools, and so if it’s a DIY one, you will not be able to adjust a metal pergola.


A vinyl pergola is the easiest to maintain. It is structurally sound, and all you need is to clean it regularly with soap, vinegar, water or baking soda and this way you will keep it free from dust and mould. Steel pergolas Melbourne or those made from iron cam corrode unless treated with an anti-rust finish. Aluminium pergolas are the best since it’s rustproof and lightweight. When considering the maintenance aspect, wood pergolas are considered the last option. The reason is that the wood will naturally rot and is also susceptible to pests like termites infestation. It means that you need to keep on polishing the wood with pesticides. Also, since it’s an outdoor structure, wood will suffer weather damages which means that it cannot stand the test of time when compared to other materials like metal and vinyl.


All in all, when it comes to resilience and durability, you better go with steel pergolas Melbourne. With steel as the material, you can be sure that you have made an excellent investment since it will stand the test of time. In fact, many builders argue that a steel pergola will survive longer than you will in that house. Although in some angle steel pergola is not the best, it is a worthy investment, and you should give it a try.