What Can a Pergola or Gazebo Do for Your Home?

A pergola or a gazebo creates an extra room in your outdoor space. Sitting in a plain back yard trying to read or sip lemonade? Blah with a side of boring, not to mention hot.

Sitting in the shade of your pergola or gazebo? Relaxing. Rejuvenating. The perfect blend of structured shade and the great outdoors. 

Pergolas and gazebos also create a lovely space for entertaining. You can combine them with decks to extend your party space even more, or let them stand on their own merits. 

If you’re a dedicated D&D nerd, installing one also means making endless gazebo jokes with your friends! 

How much market value will a gazebo or pergola add to your home?

You can get as much as 80% ROI on the installation of a gazebo or pergola, though the amount of ROI you receive will depend on the quality of your new living space. 

Style, size, and materials use matter. That’s why we build our pergolas and gazebos with Northern White Cedar. It adds far more value than, say, a pressure treated pine kit from the big box store does. 

We also custom-build our gazebos and pergolas, which means that we can fit it to your space, ensuring it looks perfect. 

How long do gazebos and pergolas last?

If you maintain your gazebo or pergola properly it should last 10 to 15 years. 

What kind of maintenance does your gazebo or pergola require?

You need to pressure wash your gazebo every year to ensure that mold, mildew, and rot aren’t setting in. We also recommend using an oil-based stain to stain your gazebo or pergola. This will not only lock moisture out but it’ll make the structure look amazing, too.

See also: What is the Best Stain Brand for a Cedar Fence? 

To maintain the natural beauty of the wood, we recommend a transparent stain. 

How much does it cost to create a custom gazebo or pergola?

It depends on the size of the gazebo, the amount of materials used, the shape of the structure, and several other factors.

We’ve put up pergolas and gazebos for as little as $5000 and we’ve put them up for as many as $10,000. 

Which is better, a gazebo or a pergola?

It depends on the space you have and what you want to use it for.

Gazebos can be enclosed, which means they can serve as screened structures. They can also hold hot tubs. They’re sometimes more decorative than pergolas, often serving as a focal point.

Pergolas are great for those who would like to grow some vegetation to hang over their heads on a porch or who want to create a true outdoor room. You’ll have more shape, size, and furniture options.

Ultimately it often comes down to preference. 

Ready to transform your back yard? 

If you live in the Milwaukee metro area we’ll be happy to give you a free estimate. Just contact us to schedule an appointment and we’ll help you update your back yard with a new gazebo or pergola.

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