An arched structure with an open roof and cross rafters, supported by posts or columns, typically installed in a garden, park, or backyard and usually covered with climbing plants or vines.

Things you need to know

Pergolas are used to form shaded sitting areas or paths. They must be made of weather-resistant material. Common choices are painted or stained redwood or cedar, vinyl, and PVC.

Also known as

Bower, Arbor

Cost Considerations

Do it yourself kits are available. A 10x10 ft vinyl pergola kit is approximately $1,500. A professionally installed 10x10 ft. cedar pergola cots approximately $3,500. Installations using teak or other high end materials cost around $6,000.

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