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Do you get the most out of your backyard or is it something you just look at from the shelter of your home? Do you avoid relaxing next to your pool because there's no shady place to sit? If so, maybe you need a timber pergola . Why? Because a timber pergola can be one of the most cost-effective and useful home improvements you can make.

How Much Does a Timber Pergola Cost?

There are three ways to build a pergola. You can buy the timber and build it from the ground up; hire a pergola builder; or buy a pergola kit. If you're an experienced carpenter, building a DIY pergola from scratch can be the cheapest way. A custom-built pergola can be the most expensive way to get your pergola, but it will be exactly to your specifications. Buying a pergola kit may be your most time and cost-effective solution, since you can probably build a kit pergola in a weekend or a good carpenter might finish up in as little as a day.

Timber pergola kits come in a wide variety of sizes and styles. The least expensive kits use treated pine. For the kit alone, expect to pay (delivery extra):

$2500 for a 3.6mX3.0m gabled roof (Colorbond) attached pergola $3000 for a 3.6mX3.0m gabled roof (Colorbond) free standing pergola $5000 for a 9.0mX3.0m gabled roof (Polycarbonate or Colorbond) attached pergola

When you receive your pergola, all the components should be pre-cut and labelled. Full instructions will be provided with the kit, so if you're handy with tools, all you have to do is follow the directions.

While custom-built pergolas are more expensive, you may be able to save some money by having your custom pergola factory built and delivered to your home. Like a pergola kit, the components will be ready to install.

Getting Quotes for a Timber Pergola

Getting quotes for your timber pergola will cost you nothing. To get accurate quotes, have a look at our Pergola Design Ideas and choose a few designs that appeal to you. Measure the area you need to cover and if it's an attached pergola, the height that you need. When you fill out the Get Quotes form, give pergola builders as many details as possible and ask them to include delivery costs in their quotes. If they are a local builder, they can give you a quote for installation, too.

Cost and price estimates 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 22 July 2015 to reflect current market pricing.

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