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Why Are Pergolas So Expensive!?!

Why Are Pergolas So Expensive!?!

If you are like me, you love your pergola. It is a staple feature in my backyard. My outdoor space would not be the same without it, but I can’t help but wonder, why are pergolas so expensive?

Pergolas cost between $7,000 to $18,000, depending on the materials used, accessories, and installation. However, if you are handy and interested in a DIY pergola project, it may only cost you $2,000. Expect to pay more for a professionally installed, high-quality pergola.   

If you’re going to invest in a pergola, you’ll want to ensure that it lasts and keeps you protected! The unique features, accessories, and the high-quality material your pergola is made of will affect the cost.

Key Pergola Features To Consider

Pergolas are a beautiful outdoor feature that offers shade, privacy, and appeal. They are made of sturdy material that can be expensive, depending on what you choose.

The open-roofed, lattice-style structure can be placed anywhere in a yard or attached to a structure.

The roof beams and vertical beams add visual appeal without sagging or falling over. I want to make sure my pergola lasts a lifetime, so for me, it is worth the investment for my comfort. 

Pergola Cost FAQs

Will Cost Be Affected Based on Where I Put My Pergola?

Yes, the cost will be affected based on where you decide to place your pergola. Whether it is freestanding or attached to your house or structure, you will need to determine where the posts will go.

It is important that the posts are anchored and level to ensure structural integrity. The more posts you need, the more it will cost.

To me, the investment is worth it; I see it as adding value to my home in the long run.

Does the Height of the Pergola Affect Cost?

Yes, the height of the pergola affects the cost.

Usually, posts will be required to be put at least two feet underground, so be sure your structural beams are high enough to stand in, yet not too large.

The larger the beam, the more expensive it will cost. 

What Is a Pergola Made of?

Pergolas can be made of a variety of materials. The cost depends on what type of material you choose.

You might want a wooden pergola to add to the natural beauty of your backyard, or maybe you are considering a sleek aluminum pergola that will stand against the weather conditions.

Even the different types of wood will cost different amounts. After all, cherry wood is in shorter supply than, say, oak and will therefore cost more.

Fully Extruded Aluminum

This thick, fully extruded aluminum is built to last a lifetime.

The structural-grade aluminum may cost a bit more but, it will withstand demanding weather conditions and usually comes with a lengthy warranty.

It is worth it to spend a bit more, but you do not want to have to replace your pergola every few years. 


A pergola made of fiberglass is the most expensive. Fiberglass is a fiber-reinforced plastic using glass fiber.

This delicate material can cost more to install and transport, but it gives a beautiful, sleek look that will stand up to wear and tear.


Vinyl pergolas are quite popular and less expensive than fiberglass. The aesthetically pleasing look creates a romantic backdrop to your outdoor space. 

Roll-Formed Aluminum

Roll-formed sheet metal is inexpensive and quite easy to install if you are looking for a DIY project.

Although they are less expensive, they still provide a nice shade covering. They will age quicker than fiberglass or steel. 


Steel pergolas can corrode over time but will last longer than pressure-treated wood. They come mid-range when considering the price.  

Pressure-Treated Wood

A pergola made of pressure-treated wood will often be less costly, but it may not stand against the elements. Pressure-treated pergolas may crack and warp over time. 

Does Size Matter?

Yes, size does matter. Larger pergolas will cost more money.

Before ordering your materials, you will need to determine the size by measuring the width and length of the area you want to place your pergola and multiplying those numbers to get the total square footage.  

Does the Style of Pergola Matter?

Pergolas are versatile and can fit into any design scheme; however, the style you choose will affect the cost.

Common pergolas are flat on the top, but some are curved. You can choose from a variety of colors to accent your backyard space. Shades and covers add visual appeal to the design and add to the cost.  

Do Accessories Add to the Cost?

Yes, accessories add to the cost of your pergola!

I think, if you have already invested in this beautiful outdoor space, why not consider making it perfect?

Accessory #1 – Sliding Roof

Yes, accessories do add to the cost of your pergola. If you have chosen a steel or aluminum pergola, you may want to consider a sliding roof.

This operates like a sunroof in a car, showcasing beautiful sky views. It is a fancy accessory but will rack up the price.  

Accessory #2 – Fans

A ceiling fan in your pergola may be the perfect touch to creating the perfect outdoor living space.

Although it will add to the cost, by circulating the cool air and pushing down towards you, you will be more comfortable. 

Accessory #3 – Heaters

On a cool night, a heater can be a lovely addition to your pergola. Yes, again, this adds to the cost.

A small heater that radiates shortwave infrared light dissipates heat to give you a pleasant feeling. If you have already invested in your pergola, why not make it perfectly comfortable. 

Accessory #4 – Motorized Curtains and Screens

A motorized curtain added to your pergola will be costly.

It will add to the amount of light and shade you have just with the touch of a button and re-built to withstand a variety of temperatures and weather changes. 

Accessory #5 – Recessed Lights

Recessed lights on a pergola can add to your outdoor experience. I love to have my outdoor space illuminated, but it can add to the cost. 

Is It Less Expensive to Have a Gazebo?

Compared to gazebos, pergolas are a more cost effective option!

A pergola can be attached to a structure, and they often can define a space in a yard, giving you structure and something to enjoy.

Interested in a DIY Pergola Project?

If you are handy, you may be ready to build your own pergola. This will save in cost. The easiest and is most efficient material to use if you are building your pergola is wood.

The most economical wood choice is pressure-treated pine. You can expect to pay about $2,000, but you will save on installation costs!

Installation Costs

Remember, if you choose to install your pergola, carefully follow instructions to ensure safety.

An installation company will cost more but save you the headache of doing it yourself.  


Pergolas are expensive because they are large structures that you want to last. By choosing a high-quality pergola made of fiberglass, steel, or aluminum, you won’t have to worry about replacing it every couple of years.

If you choose to add to the beauty of your new outdoor space with accessories, this will also add to the overall cost. Why not invest in your home, making this outdoor space the perfect spot for a staycation. 

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