Ask Your Question

Angie's List Answers is the trusted spot to ask home improvement and health questions and get answers from service companies, health providers and consumers. For ratings and reviews on companies in your area, search Angie's List.

Top 30 Days Experts
Rank Leader Points*
1 kstreett 240
2 Guest_9020487 110
3 Guest_9190926 105
4 GoldenKid 100
5 ahowell 95
6 KnowledgeBase 95
7 skbloom 80
8 Guest_98024861 70
9 Guest_9311297 70
10 Guest_9400529 70

*Updates every 4 hours

Browse Projects By Category

Question DetailsAsked on 6/16/2014

How much would it cost to have a carpenter build a simple wood pergola that is 14 x 25 ft?

I would like to do this as reasonably inexpensively as possible. Half of the top would be a trellis (and have vines eventually growing through it) and half would be open (perhaps string lights across it). I have an uncovered wood deck that is the same size (and would like to cover it).

Do you have the same question? Follow this Question

1 Answer

Angie's List Member Answer

Angie’s List Members can login here to view this answer.

Not an Angie's List Member?

Join to view this answer. Members also get reviews on local service providers, plus save up to 50% on popular home projects from top-rated professionals!


Here is an AL article on the subject -

Typical number, just off the top of my head without looking anything up - about $15/SF for ready-made kits, $35-70/SF for stick-built depending on mateials used, finishes, etc - cheapest for palin painted or treated wood, most expensive for synthetics and aluminum. More than that for stainless.

This all assumes your deck can handle the added load - which for a normal pergola is not much load unless you are going to load it up with heavy vines. Worked on one legal case job once investigating the collapse of a deck with significant injuries at a tourist hotel - turned out the pergola had massive multi-layered vines on it that had built up over more than 100 years, very large and woody, totalling over 100psf load - over 2-1/2 times the rated average deck load. Have also seen pergola failures due too massive hanging pots and planters full of reall topsoil (rather than lightweight potting soil) suspended from them and saturated with rainwater.

A;so don't forget lateral loads - kids swinging from them, hurricane/tornadic wind loads have brought down a lot of pegolas and gazebos because there was no lateral load capacity, especially if not tied to the house anywhere.

Also have to consider snow load on vine-covered pergolas because snow can build up full depth and not melt away evenn as much as on a typical roof because it is fully air cooled.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

Related Questions

Terms Of Use
Privacy Policy