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Pergolas being non-structural, can be built with a range of materials from steel, stone, FRP, wood and popularly from WPC now. While considering the material of choice it is important to evaluate it on initial cost,  strength, design of the structure, aesthetics of the material and importantly maintenance of the material. Conventionally, pergolas were built from wood, but the maintenance of wooden pergolas is troublesome and expensive, steel again needs to be painted to stay fresh. All this has changed with the introduction of WPC pergolas. With supreme aesthetics, exceptionally high weathering capability and virtually no maintenance, WPC pergolas have become the material of choice without a doubt with it’s merits.

How cheap can you build a pergola?

The cost of a pergola is defined by the material and design of the structure. Considering the different materials like steel, wood, stone and WPC pergolas, the initial investment cost ranges between Rs. 500 – Rs. 2500 per sft. This again is defined by the quality of wood and other materials used. Lower the cost, lower the material quality and therefore lower the lifetime of the pergola structure. Also the build and robustness of the structure plays a large part in the set-up cost. Built out of the cheapest wood a pergola can be set up as low as Rs. 500 per sqft, but the life will be in the 2 year range.

How much does a wooden pergola cost and how long will it pergola last?

Considering a wooden pergola is built with quality timber, the initial cost should be between Rs. 1500 – Rs. 2500 per square foot and will last between 5-7 years in tropical weather conditions. Besides the initial investment in quality timber, the recurring expenses of maintaining the wooden pergola are the cost that should also be factored in when choosing wood as an alternate pergola material. Repeated maintenance every 4-6 months by sanding, sealing, painting and anti-termite treatment to maintain the wood is an extremely costly affair and should be considered while making a choice os material to build garden pergolas, terrace pergolas and poolside pergolas. Alternatively, while the initial set up cost of a WPC pergola is on par with a wooden pergola, there is absolutely no maintenance cost after installation.

Which is the best timber for a pergola?

Conventionally pergolas are an extension of the building structure or outdoor space and ideally classified as poolside pergolas, garden pergolas or terrace pergolas. Being a non-structural architectural feature that adds aesthetics and functionality to outdoor spaces, pergolas can be built with non-structural materials such as natural wood, mild steel, stone and fibre re-inforced plastics. Ideally, wooden pergolas are built from lightweight or hardwood timbers such as pine, oak, ash and other similar timbers which are getting increasingly expensive. Wood or natural timber requires regular maintenance by sanding, oiling and anti-termite treatment every 6 months to maintain the condition of the wood, which is exorbitantly costly over the life of the material. WPC pergolas on the other hand are free from any sort of maintenance whatsoever and last the test of time in any kind of weather allowing the pergola structure to look as good as new for years.

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