Is a Pergola Worth It?
Will a pergola make a difference to your home and everyday experience? Will it add value to your home and make small gatherings extra special for everyone?
It’s a relatively small structure that only requires a small investment but it can make a huge difference to the overall appeal of your home exterior. It’s also a practical use of idle space which could then be used to host small gatherings and even make family time extra special and memorable.
Homeowners with space to spare also find it a waste to let the outdoor space go empty and serve no purpose. But with a pergola (whether a freestanding structure or attached to your home’s main roof), it can totally transform the front, side or back of the house. Whether it’s an ordinary square pergola or shaped more like a hexagon or even a circle, the instant transformation will be noticed by your family and guests.
If you’re planning to have a pergola, the first step is to check with the local council and know about the regulations, permits, restrictions and approval. After getting the permission, the next step is to decide on the pergola’s form, overall design, material and your planned budget (rough estimate is about $100 to $1,000 per square metre depending on materials and design). When thinking about the design, it’s great to consider how it will go along with the design of your home and garden. It also helps to consider the general weather and climate in your area as this will affect how long the structure will last (and how much maintenance it will need and how its overall appearance will get affected by the weather elements).
When it comes to materials, the choice on roofing is critical because it will face and endure the harsh sunlight, unpredictable rain, falling leaves and debris. Polycarbonate and Colorbond are common and safe choices because of their durability and longevity. The key here is to choose a roofing material that is specifically engineered for the harsh environmental conditions in your area.
A pergola will make a difference to your outdoor area and will complement your home design and appeal. To get the most out of it, it’s crucial to choose the appropriate materials that can withstand the harsh outdoor elements. This way, the entire structure will last for several years and it will continue to be a place for fun, gatherings and memories.