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Typical Range: $2,155 - $5,878

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Cost to Build a Pergola, Trellis & Arbor

The cost to build a pergola ranges from $2,155 and $5,878 on average. Large pergolas, custom-made structures or those that use high-end materials can cost $10,000 or more. An arbor is typically a smaller structure and starts at about $200 for a kit. A freestanding trellis can cost anywhere from $100 to $1,500 or more.

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National Average $3,882
Typical Range $2,155 - $5,878
Low End - High End $750 - $10,250

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Pergola Prices by Type

Type of PergolaAverage Cost
Standard$30-$60 per square foot
Louvered$20-$55 per square foot
Smart$60-$65 per square foot
Retractable$900-$3,000 or more total*

*Retractable roofs for pergolas come in many sizes. Talk to a pro to see what size works best for your structure.

Louvered Pergola Cost

A louvered pergola costs from $20 to $55 per square foot on average for an automatic system. The roof can open and close to suit the sun, rain or other weather conditions.

Smart Pergola Cost

A smart pergola costs from $60 to $65 per square foot, installed. These pergolas open and close according to the weather and can be controlled by a remote control or your smart phone.

Retractable Roof Pergola Prices

A retractable roof ranges from $800 to $3,000 or more. This option features a roof that can be completely pulled back from the top of a pergola.

Backyard Pergola Prices by Brand

Pergola Brands Average Price per Square Foot*
Trex$50-$60
Arcadia$40-$75
Alumawood by Amerimax$10-$20
Backyard Discovery$10-$15
Paragon Outdoor$9-$18

*Add from $20 to $60 per hour in labor costs if you have your pergola professionally installed.

Trex Pergola Cost

A Trex pergola costs from $50 to $60 per square foot on average. Check with a manufacturer for a quote on your project.

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Pergola Material Costs

Pergola Material Average Cost per Square Foot
Aluminum$10-$30
Redwood$40-$50
Cedar Wood$25-$35
Vinyl$10-$30

Aluminum Pergola

A 100 square foot aluminum pergola usually runs from $1,000 to $3,000. This is one of the cheaper pergola building materials.

Redwood Pergola

A 100 square foot pergola made of redwood can cost anywhere from $4,000 to $5,000. This popular material is insect and rot resistant.

Cedar Wood Pergola Cost

Like redwood, cedar pergolas are also insect and rot resistant and usually run from $2,500 to $3,500 for a 100 square foot model.

Vinyl Pergola

Vinyl pergolas usually run from $1,000 to $3,000 for a 100 square foot model. This material is popular thanks to its low-maintenance nature.

Pergola Installation Cost

The total installation cost for a pergola ranges from $2,000 to $6,000 on average. Labor costs usually run from $500 to $1,000 but can be higher depending on the complexity of the project. Expect to pay from $1,000 to $5,000 for materials. The larger the project, the higher your materials cost will be.

Pergola Cost Per Square Foot

You can expect to pay from $30 to $60 per square foot on average to build a pergola, including the cost of materials and installation. Specialty materials like teakwood, or custom designs can cost $100 per square foot or more. Fiberglass options are some of the most expensive to build.

Pergola SizeCost
10x4$1,200-$2,400
10x10$3,000-$6,000
11x11$3,630-$7,260
12X12$4,320-$8,640
12x18$6,480-$12,960
10x14$4,200-$8,400
10x20$6,000-$12,000

Cost to Build a Pergola Over a Patio or Deck

Building a pergola over a patio or deck will be slightly more expensive than building a standalone structure. You’ll need to pay the added cost for wood ties, metal brackets and/or plate anchors to make sure the structure is stable.

Stand-Alone vs. Pergolas Attached to a House

Stand-alone pergolas can have higher materials costs than those attached to a house. This is because stand-alone options require four posts to stand, while attached options only need two posts.

It’s important to hire a local pergola pro if you’re considering an attached pergola. Attached designs can affect the structural integrity of your home if improperly installed. Also, most attached designs will require permits.

Custom Pergola Cost

A custom built pergola will be more expensive than one from a kit or a prefabricated structure – it can cost $10,000 or more. The price increase varies depending on how customized the structure is. A few customization options include:

  • Different column designs and styles
  • Staining or painting
  • Finishes
  • Hardware
  • Electric wiring for lights, outdoor televisions or ceiling fans
  • Plumbing for outdoor kitchen set up
  • Retractable cover
  • Built-in seats

Additional Labor Considerations

On average, you’ll pay from $500 to $1,000 or more in labor costs. You can expect to pay more for:

  • Larger structures
  • Custom designs
  • Detailed work
  • Contractors traveling far distances
  • Work during the busy season
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DIY Pergola Cost vs. Hiring a Pro Builder

Building a pergola, trellis or arbor can be a DIY-able job. But it’s a good idea to hire an expert to ensure professional results. Before you hire, make sure to ask a pro these questions:

  • What’s your experience?
  • Do you have references?
  • What will this job entail?
  • How much do you charge?
  • How do you expect payment?
  • How long will this job take?

Once begun, you can expect this job to take around 2 to 3 days to complete.

DIY Pergola Kit Prices

DIY pergola kit prices range from $600 to $7,500 or more. The cost varies depending on the size of the structure and the materials used. It is often less expensive to DIY a pergola than to hire a pro for the project.

Trellis Cost

A freestanding trellis that covers a walkway runs from $100 to $1,500 on average. You can find a prefabricated kit at local home improvements stores or find a trellis pro to build a custom trellis. Custom builds will be more expensive.

Cost of Trellis Fencing

Trellis fencing runs from $4 to $30 per square foot. You can expect to pay $15 per square foot on average for this project. Talk to a fencing pro to get a quote.

Cost to Add Trellis to Pergola or Arbor

Adding a trellis to the sides of your arbor or pergola runs from $400 to $1,000 on average. This project can help add shade and privacy to your structure.

Arbor Cost

Depending on the size and complexity of your arbor, it can run from $100 to $5,000 or more. High-end options, like custom wood arbors with a gable and other decoration, can cost as much as $15,000. A simple prefabricated metal arbor kit is much less, and ranges from $100 to $500 on average.

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Patio or Deck Cover Cost Comparison

  • Patio Cover: $8,300-$25,000. A patio cover or roof may be an attachment or standalone structure. It protects your patio from sun, weather and other elements.
  • Gazebo: $3,500-$9,500. A gazebo is made of wood, metal or synthetic materials. Typically, they are placed in yards as decorative structures. High-end options can include electrical wiring, cable and plumbing.
  • Pergola: $2,000-$6,000. Pergolas are four-pillared structures with an open, latticed roof. You can purchase prefab styles or hire professionals for a custom design.
  • Trellis: $400-$900. Trellises are lattices used for walkways and garden accents. Unlike pergolas, trellises serve primarily as design elements.
  • Arbor: $100-$1,000. Arbors are arched, tunnel-like lattices that serve as focal points for outdoors walkways, gates entrances and gardens paths
  • Ramada: $9,000+. A ramada is a rectangular or square structure that features a pitched, completely closed roof. They vary in price depending on design, but average $9,000 or more.
  • Cabana: $2,000-$5,000. A cabana is a three-sided structure with a roof, typically located by a pool in a backyard. They can also go in yards without pools.

FAQs

How do I get the best price on a pergola?

Purchase your pergola in the fall or winter for a better chance of getting a discount. And see if your contractor can install it in the off-season for a better price.

How much does a deck and pergola cost?

The cost to add a deck to your home runs from $4,000 to $16,000. Adding a covering to a deck can cost an additional $3,000 to $10,000.

Are pergolas worth it?

Pergolas may add value to your yard depending on where you live. Appraise your home to see how building a pergola will affect ROI in your area.

Pergolas are a great way to add shade and style to your yard.

What's the best wood for a pergola?

The best wood for a pergola varies depending on your home’s individual needs. Pine and red cedar are both popular options.

Is it hard to build a pergola yourself?

Building a pergola can be difficult depending on the design you go with. Solid wood structures that you build from scratch will be more difficult than a pergola from a DIY kit.

Is it cheaper to build your own pergola?

It is cheaper to build your own pergola in many cases, as you can cut out the cost of labor. However, building a pergola can be a complicated project, and hiring a pro can help prevent paying for mistakes and fixes.

How much does it cost to paint or stain a pergola?

The cost to paint a pergola runs from $2 to $5 per square foot. You’ll pay from $2 to $4 per square foot to stain a pergola.

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