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Types of pergola

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There are many different styles and types of pergolas you can build, each of which offers a different aesthetic and various different practical advantages. A well planned pergola will complement your house, and is a cost-effective and comfortable way to extend your living areas out into the garden.

Steel pergolas

Steel beams can be used to construct pergolas and gazebos. Pergolas made from steel are normally extremely strong, very durable and long lasting. Steel pergolas offer a very different look and feel to timber.

Sail pergolas

Sail pergolas are a type of pergola that incorporates a stretched sail suspended between posts as the main roofing structure. These types of pergolas offer a sleek, modern look.

Sail pergolas

Sail pergolas are a type of pergola that incorporates a stretched sail suspended between posts as the main roofing structure. These types of pergolas offer a sleek, modern look.

Pitched pergolas

Pitched pergolas differ from flat roofed pergolas in that they incorporate a 'pitched' or angled roof. Pitched pergolas allow for good water runoff, and a range of interesting design options.

Gabled pergolas

Gabled pergolas feature a ridged or peaked roof, and are recognisable for their triangular shape. Gabled pergolas are attractive, and allow for good water runoff and extra height.

Open top pergolas

Pergolas and gazebos without roof cladding are called 'open top' pergolas. These pergolas offer a way to improve the look of outdoor areas, as well as to channel airflow and increase privacy.

Solar power pergolas

If you have a pergola (or you're planning to build one) you might also want to consider using that roof space to collect a bit of sun precious sunlight. Read about solar power pergolas and how they're installed.

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