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Different Types of Pergola Materials

Looking to give your backyard that extra flare to boost its sophistication? Building a pergola to accompany your deck or patio is sure to add some charm to your home. These garden features serve as breathable covers for essentially any backyard space or walkway. Whether you want to add a fashionable source of shade to your outdoor lounging area or give your garden a shelter that makes a statement, pergolas are an excellent choice. It’s also important to note that there are ample amounts of styles and materials pergolas can come in to compliment whatever area you need covered or shaded. Take a look at the different types of pergola materials to consider for increasing your backyard’s appeal:


Along with adding to your home’s overall property value, pergolas made from wooden materials offer a natural yet elegant look for your backyard. If you’re someone who’s more DIY-orientated, working with wood will give you a variety of ways to craft the backyard of your dreams. Many wooden pergolas come in kits equipped with pre-cut or pre-drilled pieces that eliminate the common hassles of installing other wooden structures; this means you can spend less effort on labor and more time enjoying your backyard. From sheltering your garden to shading your patio, a wooden pergola is a functional accent piece that’s as attractive as it is useful.

Nothing captures natural beauty quite like a wooden pergola. Nothing captures natural beauty quite like a wooden pergola.

Metal materials

If you’re looking for a more modern and sleek approach to the pergola, investing in a metal one provides plenty of flexibility when it comes to choosing different styles. While an array of colors and variation of designs – ranging from attached to free standing – make metal a very versatile material option, it’s its durability and weather resistance that make it a much sought after pergola material. In addition to their longevity, metal pergolas are arguably some of the easier options to install in your backyard because they’re often available in panelized kits that don’t require any cutting. You metal options include:


Steel pergolas are some of the sturdiest ones on the market. If you want to add more shade to your backyard, you’re in luck. It’s incredibly easy to attach sheets and curtains to steel-framed pergolas, and their resilient structure helps to ensure any linen materials you put up stay in place. Steel pergolas are also a great option for sheltering gardens, and you can even use the beams to have vines wrap around the structure, creating a more earthy, natural appeal. Hanging plants from the rafters of a steel-framed pergola is also an easy and attractive way to create some shade on your deck or patio.

“Lightweight materials and cost-effectiveness make aluminum DIY-friendly.”


If you’re concerned about cost-effectiveness, going with an aluminum-based pergola is a more financially-friendly option. From a material standpoint, aluminum pergolas require very little maintenance as they won’t rot and their nonporous surface is built to withstand weathering. Aluminum pergolas are also designed for a pain-free installation process, which caters to first-time pergola owners or those who tend to shy away from DIY projects. Even if you plan on installing them on your own, aluminum beams and frames are extremely lightweight, compared to other material options. Perfect for patios directly linked to your house, aluminum pergolas are especially recommended for anyone looking for an attached pergola structure.

What pergola material appeals most to you?

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