Waterproof Pergola Roof Ideas [8 OPTIONS]

Pergola with waterproof roof

Having a pergola provides an outdoor retreat or a place to entertain; however, the open latticework or vine roofs of pergolas leave your deck or patio at the mercy of the weather, especially rain. Finding a waterproof roof for your pergola ensures that your outdoor retreat is protected, and you do not need to unpack and pack up chairs, tables, couches, etc., when it is not in use.

4×4 or 6×6 Posts for a Pergola? [ANSWERED!]

4x4 post for pergola

For a pergola with about 4 to 6 feet between posts and under 3 feet from the ground, 4×4 posts will be sufficient. However, experienced contractors generally recommend 6×6 posts as 4×4 posts will be unable to carry as heavy a load as most porches require, and may warp and bend over time, causing a safety concern.

What Size Beams For a Pergola? (it depends…)

Close up of long beams being used to build pergola

Beams used within a pergola should be, at a minimum, 2” by 8” in size. While the answer can vary depending on factors such as the size and use of the pergola, these dimensions offer a good overall starting point for pergola building. Whether designed to enjoy practical usages such as shade, or the simple … Read More

Are Louvered Pergolas Expensive?

Wooden ergola with ceiling in backyard

Louvered Pergolas take everything that makes a typical pergola great but makes it better with. They accomplish this with adjustable, awning-style coverings. If you’re looking for an effective and simple way to keep your yard safe from the harmful rays of the sun while allowing it to stay bright and warm throughout the day, then … Read More

Get OPTIMAL Shade From Your Pergola

Backyard walkout deck with a pergola facing the direction of the deck

A pergola is a stunning feature that can bring together any backyard space with grace and elegance. But most importantly – it offers shade for those hot summer afternoons. A pergola offers the best of both worlds with its open-air structure that provides ample coverage from the sun when properly placed. But, how should you … Read More

Here’s How Pergolas Can Block Rain

Wooden ergola with ceiling in backyard

A pergola is a perfect structure to have in your outside space. It allows you to bring the entertainment outdoors, to have guests over, and to sit and enjoy the fresh air; no matter how hot the sun might be. With the rafters on top, you get the open-air feel that only the sunshine can … Read More

Can a Pergola Have a Solid Roof?

pergola with a solid roof covering backyard patio

If a solid roof on your pergola is what you desire, then no one is stopping you from having one. As long as the structure and support necessary to hold the roof are present, you’re free to add a solid roof to your pergola. There are many who consider a pergola with a full roof … Read More

Top 10 Reasons for Owning a Pergola

Picture of large backyard patio with excellent shade coverage from a pergola showcasing the many reasons to own a pergola for backyard beauty and shade coverage

There are few things better as a homeowner than being able to entertain outdoors. If you’ve got the backyard space and company coming over, then it would be a shame not to take full advantage of it! However, depending entirely on your backyard space for entertainment can put an evening at the whim of the … Read More