Add a relaxing outdoor entertaining area where you can be sheltered from the sun and rain. Before considering the construction of your pergola, there are a few factors to consider. Is it going to be an extension of your existing entertaining area, a free-standing pergola, is it just for shade or does it have to be weather proof. A pergola should be both practical and functionable, as well as being aesthetically pleasing.
There are two main materials that are generally used to construct pergolas. The two most common materials are steel and timber.
Jason Reading Landscapes specialises in timber pergolas.
Whilst a pergola usually has a pitched, grid of beams or flat roof, any design is possible. Roofing can be left as an open slat that provides filtered sunlight or you can grow a deciduous vine over your structure to create shade in summer and sun in winter. The other option is to weather proof your pergola by either colorbond roofing or clear sheeting.
When planning for your pergola consider the position of the sun during sunrise and sunset. The sunlights angle will be the one to determine how much shade will be available under a pergola. Since the sun is moving, while the pergola remains stationary, it is a fact that shade will not be provided the whole day, so you need to place the pergola on a strategic location where shade can be enjoyed at its fullest during your scheduled activity under it. Another consideration is whether you would like your pergola attached to your building or free standing within your garden space.
How you intend to use the pergola will be a deciding factor in terms of size. A small one can accommodate limited tables and chairs, but a wide pergola is ideal for bigger gatherings or an outdoor kitchen. A low-ceiling pergola can feel cosy and intimate while a tall ceiling will give an airy and spacious aspect.
The professional landscape and garden designers of Jason Reading Landscapes are here to plan, design and build the best pergola for your home.