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Steel is strong, stylish and can be used to construct a contemporary pergola that complements any home. If you've decided a steel pergola is for you, you're probably wondering how much it's going to cost. This handy guide will help you calculate the rough cost of a steel pergola.

Why Choose a Steel Pergola?

When they first came on the market, there was some resistance to steel pergolas. Timber is used on traditional pergolas and many people thought a steel pergola was not a "real" pergola. The tide turned when it became apparent that steel pergolas were not only less expensive than custom-made timber pergolas, but stylish as well. In addition, a steel pergola needs less of a support structure around it, making it a lighter, breezier looking structure.

DIY or Hire a Pro?

DIY pergola kits are available, so if you're handy and you're just installing a simple pergola, buying a kit might and installing it might be a viable DIY project. Before you start, make sure it is small and inexpensive enough not to require council permission. If a council permit is required, you're probably better off having it professionally installed. The pros will get you through the council permission process smoothly and you will have your new pergola before you know it.

If you're installing a large pergola that is going to be an often-used feature of your home, consider professional installation. Professional installers know exactly what they're doing and can install a pergola quickly. You may even save on the cost of the kit, because pergola building is a competitive business and the companies try to keep their costs down to stay competitive.

How Much Does a Metal Pergola Cost?

A small metal pergola kit (up to 6m wide by 3m deep) can cost as little as $1800 or $100m2. In comparison, a timber pergola kit of the same size can cost up to $3000. These prices will not include cement or pavers, but should include a Colorbond or polycarbonate roof, or a combination of both. A metal pergola kit at this price will have a simple flat roof and be designed to be fixed to the house on one side, with two or three support posts included in the kit.

If you want to have your pergola professionally installed, it will cost more. In most cases, pergola builders charge by the square metre and the price will depend on the style of pergola you choose. As a rough guide, expect to pay around:

$185m2 for a flat roof, attached pergola $550m2 for a gabled roof $565m2 for a curved roof $700m2 for a more complex design

At these prices you should expect your metal pergola supplier/installer to:

Design and draft your pergola Manage the planning approval and/or building permit process Include project planning and management services Supervise the project from start to completion and finish on schedule Warranty both the product and workmanship

Getting Quotes from Pergola Builders

The prices quoted above are approximate and may not be an accurate reflection of the true cost of your pergola. To get a better idea of how much your pergola is going to cost, you?ll need to get quotes from pergola builders. Ensure you include as much information as possible about your ideal pergola. And when comparing quotes, ensure you understand the inclusions and added extras, such as materials, labor and help with council approvals.

Cost and prices in this article are indicative and should only be used as a guide. They also vary locally and are subject to market forces. This article was updated 14 July 2015 to reflect current market pricing.

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