Backyard pergolas are deceptively simple structures that can add value to your home and expand your living space. Before you hire a contractor when building a pergola on your property, make sure you know the answers to these common questions about pergola construction.
What are pergolas?
Pergolas are outdoor structures that provide varying degrees of shade from the sun. They can be functional or purely decorative. Smaller than gazebos or pavilions, pergolas are usually made of four posts supporting an overhead trellis, which casts shade from different angles as the sun travels across the sky. Pergolas can serve as a walkway through a backyard garden or a space for relaxing and entertaining guests.
Do pergolas improve property value?
A beautiful backyard pergola can add significant value to any home or commercial property. If you have a detached garage or shed in your yard, building a pergola can balance out the empty space to make your property more visually appealing.
What are pergolas used for?
In addition to being a great garden accent, pergolas can serve as an outdoor area for reading, dining or playing games. Although most pergola covers do not provide adequate shelter from rain, you can easily drape a tarp over the structure in inclement weather.
Which materials are best for building a pergola?
Dulando Screen & Awning uses Alumawood Shade Structures for our professional custom pergolas. Thanks to a textured wood grain finish, Alumawood provides the visual appeal of real wood without the maintenance headaches. An aluminum pergola is flame and termite resistant. Additionally, Alumawood never cracks, peels or rots. A winning combination for Florida.
Do I need a permit to build a backyard pergola?
Depending on the size of the structure and where you live, you may need permission from your local government before you build. If you are part of a homeowners’ association, you should consult with them as well. Dulando Screen & Awning assists homeowners through this process by providing the necessary building plans and engineered drawings.
Should I Hire a Professional when Building a Pergola?
Some people assume they can save money by constructing their own pergola, but the time and costs of a DIY pergola can rapidly exceed the price of a professional custom pergola. In addition to the posts and other hardware, you’ll need tools, a ladder and a lot of time. A professional can custom-build a pergola to match the design of your home, which is not always an option with the pergola kits. If you intend to install lighting or other electrical wirings, then you definitely need professional help.
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Dulando Screen & Awning has been building custom backyard aluminum pergolas in Florida for over 45 years. We have built our business on stellar service, quality work and competitive prices. Our designers work with homeowners to make a structure that compliments their home and complies with local building codes. As a full-service outdoor living contractor, we design, construct and install to our customers’ wishes. In addition to pergolas, we specialize in an array of outdoor construction projects including screen rooms, pool enclosures and pavers. Call Dulando for a free consultation to start designing your new home enhancement.