Frequently Asked Questions

How much will my pergola cost?

This is one of the first questions most customers ask and can be complicated to answer due to the range of pergola types and extra options available. It is similar to buying a new house or car. Your pergola will be an integral part of your home and as such, it is important to choose one that you will be happy to live with for years to come. Your first consideration should be the way you intend to use the space you will create, knowing this will allow you to decide on an approximate size and will help you decide if lighting, sides, heaters, sound etc. are important to you.
Typically, a budget price for a high-quality Bio-Climatic pergola family sized, with lights, sides and heaters would be between £18,000 and £30,000 installed and including vat.

For larger and smaller designs of the same quality, the budget range would be between £12,000 to £45,000.

What other types of pergola are available?

Timber: These are the traditional pergola and will be budget friendly and relatively easy to repair. Most will not be waterproof and will have relatively high maintenance requirements. Wood is a natural material and as such will move and weather. They can add structure to a garden and can be used to support climbing plants and create an occasional space in your garden. Budget around £500 - £5000.

Standard Sized / Off the shelf: Aluminium louvred roof pergolas are available as a click and buy option from numerous internet companies, garden centres etc. Offered in standard sizes and colours, these would be self-installed and arrive with you flat packed. Typically, they are manufactured in China and use thinner aluminium sections, single skin louvres and possibly some mild steel components. When assembled they will have numerous exposed fixings. Lights and screens can be added as options when purchasing, these would usually be fitted at the end of the installation and not integral. They can be supplied to retailers in their own branding and packaging. Some companies may offer a video or a helpline support number to help you during the installation. Budgets for this option are between £2500 and £10,000.

Why would a high quality Bio-Climatic pergola be the right choice for you?

If you are looking for a space that you will use and is useable 90% of the year and your budget allows; this could be the solution for you. These pergolas are built to your design and will offer you the most options for size, colour, sides, heating, lighting, sound, and media. These make a multi-functional room outside which can be opened up to enjoy on the warmer days and fully closed to make a watertight comfortable space to be used when the evening or poorer weather arrives.

What is a Bio-climatic Pergola?

A bioclimatic pergola allows you to control the amount of direct sunlight, shade and heat through rotating/retracting louvred roofs and allows you to control the microclimate within the pergola. To enhance the space, options are available such as lights, heaters, sides, heating, sound and visual media.

When comparing bespoke Bio-Climatic Pergolas what should I consider

In general terms they will be a better quality compared to any off the shelf option and subsequently will offer a longer life expectancy and would be bought on a supply and install basis. Some companies offer a complete in-house service to include, design, survey and installation whilst other companies may subcontract out parts of the process.

Manufacturers of bespoke pergolas generally offer a few variations of pergolas at different price points and it’s important to consider the finer details before committing to a company. Discuss the detail of your pergola with the supplier before committing to a purchase. They should be open and honest at this stage of the process and be willing to share any information you request.

Main points for consideration:
- Louvre construction – this adds strength and durability to your pergola, single skin type louvres do not offer the same properties as double skinned. Also, how do the louvres transport water to the gutter system?
- Leg and frame cross sections – Generally a slimmer leg and frame will not offer the same stability as a broader one. Also, what thickness aluminium is the pergola constructed from? Some manufacturers will use a lower grade aluminium which will have a negative impact on stability, durability, and life span.
- Are the screens integrated into the beam? – If screens are fitted in an additional ‘cassette’ type system, this will increase the depth of the beam and reduce head room and the overall aesthetic will be compromised. Larger cross section beams provide a space for the screen to be retracted into, this means they are virtually invisible when retracted and do not compromise the elegance of the design.
- How is the pergola anchored to the floor? - Visible fixings can have a detrimental effect to the overall look of your pergola. Better quality manufacturers have been able to design all fixings within the structure to be invisible when the pergola is fully installed giving the cleanest most elegant lines.
- Maximum size of a pergola – Generally this is an indicator of quality, higher quality pergolas should span a larger space with one frame minimising the amount of legs and giving a better aesthetic.. Pergolas can also be coupled together in various combinations to cover larger spaces and more complex shapes.
- Discuss with the retailer the full process from start to finish, ask them for details on who installs the pergola, the process for installing your pergola, how is it transported etc. You can also consider asking to view their previous installs and testimonials from previous customers.

What size pergola should I choose?

This is probably most customers second question. When considering what size pergola you want, consider what area you want to cover and why? Think ‘what will I use this space for?’ For example, if you plan to spend a lot of time in your pergola with family all year round then covering the maximum available space may be the best option, however, if it is for very infrequent use for a small amount of people then a smaller pergola might suffice and be more cost effective.