Material Guide


“Comprehensive guide to pergola materials for a durable and stylish outdoor structure.”

Pergola Material


Introducing our extensive collection of Pergolas, offering a diverse selection to suit any outdoor space.

Value Wood Pergola

Our Basic Wood Pergola, a timeless addition to any outdoor space. Crafted with high-quality wood, this pergola offers a sturdy and tasteful structure, providing shade and creating a charming ambiance.

Value Plus Vinyl Pergola

Our Vinyl Pergola option is crafted with high durability vinyl offering a stylish and inviting atmosphere for relaxation and entertainment.

Premium Aluminum Pergola

Our Premium Aluminum Pergola option is the perfect addition to any deck or patio. This pergola is built to last and withstand the elements. Its sleek and modern design adds a touch of elegance to your outdoor living space.

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Everything you need to know about pergolas.

Most pergolas are made of wood, which requires regular maintenance, including cleaning, sealing, and staining. Additionally, as the wood is exposed to the elements, the color will fade, which is a natural but sometimes annoying occurrence.

  1. Material. You can use a variety of materials to build your pergola. 
  2. Size. You have to consider what size of the pergola will be the best for your yard.
  3. Purpose.
  4. Style of Your House.
  5. Budget.

So, even when it’s raining, you can still stay under the pergola and enjoy your outdoor area. In contrast, a pergola canopy, although designed to offer some protection against the rain, might struggle to keep your outside space completely dry during heavy downpours and will require periodic replacements as well.

While pergolas generally will not require a building permit, this depends on where you live. You can check with your state, county, or municipality to find out if you’ll need a permit for a pergola. Additionally, if your neighborhood has a Homeowner’s Association (HOA) you’ll need to make sure you’re following your HOA’s regulations and approval process if there is one. For example, your HOA may have restrictions on the size of the structure you add to your property.

Adding a pergola to your backyard can increase your home’s value. That being said, there are a few additional factors that help decide just how big of a difference a pergola will make.


To start, your home’s location can make a big difference in the value that’s added. For example, if you live in a warmer climate where you can spend more time outdoors throughout the year, a pergola will most likely add more home value than if you live in an area with long, heavy winters. Additionally, homes in locations with plenty of sunny and dry weather are ideal locations for pergolas, making them valued additions. However, don’t let where you live stop you from building a pergola. The iconic style of the pergola is still very much present and popular in rainy climates.


A pergola’s size can also greatly impact the value it adds to a home. Larger pergolas provide more shade and space to entertain, making them more appealing to homeowners. Basically, as the size of a pergola increases, the home value will increase as well. If increasing your home value is important to you, you’ll want to consider building a large pergola.



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Price Ratings

Renewit’s price ratings are intended to provide customers an indication of a material cost in comparison to other materials within a material group. The number of “$” symbols indicates the relative price of materials. However, it’s important to note that materials with 2 dollar signs do not necessarily cost twice as much as those with 1 dollar sign.

Here is a breakdown of price ratings:


The most budget-friendly options suitable for those seeking the least expensive materials. These choices often include basic treated lumber or entry-level composite decking.

Value Plus

Moderately priced materials that strike a balance between affordability and quality. Customers can expect a wider range of options, such as mid-range composite or PVC decking.


Higher-end materials that offer superior quality, durability, and visual appeal. These materials may include premium PVC decking, steel framing, or specialized railing systems.


Top-of-the-line and materials associated with the highest quality, exceptional durability, and most expensive. These materials may include High-end Zuri PVC decking or illuminated frameless glass railings.