Pergolas – FAQs


Why choose a timber pergola rather than steel?

Most property owners prefer the natural look and character of timber when compared to steel. Most varieties of timber are also more affordable than steel. Furthermore, timber can be more easily modified, allowing builders to create unique structures that are customised to their environment.

Do I have to maintain a Timber Pergola?

All outdoor timber structures will require maintenance from time to time. As a rule of thumb, the timber should be resealed every 12 months. However, if your structure receives a lot of traffic or is often exposed to harsh weather, you may need to do this more frequently.

Will a Pergola protect me from the elements?

This will be dictated by whether your pergola has a roof covering, where the structure is located and what the climate is like within your area. In most cases, a well constructed pergola will provide some shade from the harsh Summer sun, although it may not be suitable for use in cold areas during Winter.

What is the difference between a Pergola and a Patio?

A pergola is a timber framed structure that has either no roof covering or uses a permeable material such as shade cloth. Whereas, a patio has a closed roof covering typically made from Colourbond, tiles, shingles or grass thatch.

What is a pergola?

A Pergola can either be free standing or built to the side of a house. A pergola is usually constructed with vertical posts that support crossbeams with either no roof covering at all or a permeable material such as shade cloth.