There are many factors to consider when choosing a pergola. Because there are many different designs and styles to choose from, it can be a bit overwhelming. There are several factors to consider before making your selection including:
It is important to consider the amount of space you have in your garden or backyard. This will help determine both the size and shape of the pergola. You also want to be sure the pergola size is proportionate to both the amount of space in your backyard as well as the size of your home.
Keep in mind you also have the option of choosing either a freestanding pergola or one that attaches to your home. It may help to seek out an expert opinion to determine which option would work best with the size and configuration of your yard.
Pergolas come in a wide range of shapes including rectangular, square, circular and more. Square and rectangular shapes are the most popular designs since they are easiest to attach to the home and offer a more traditional look of a pergola.
Again, the size and structure of your lawn or garden should help determine what shape your pergola should be. Rectangular pergolas may work best in deeper, longer yards, while square pergolas are better for smaller yards and offer a more intimate feel.
Finally you should consider the type of roof or canopy that best meets your needs. There are a wide range of choices beyond the traditional flat roof. You should also consider if you would like to treat your roof with different materials like open battens, natural thatching, plants or cloth.
Another thing to consider is how you intend to use your pergola. If you are going to use it mainly in the summer months be sure to choose a roof that allows in natural light yet blocks heat. If you choose to give your pergola a more natural look with plants and creeping vines, be sure to choose a material that will withstand Mother Nature, such as sturdy vinyl.
Taking these factors into consideration will help you and your family select a pergola that is perfectly suited to your needs. You may also consider contacting a pergola manufacturer or distributor who can help provide expert advice on which pergola is right for you.