When it comes to choosing your pergola one of the most important considerations will be where it is located on your property. It determines the model you’ll choose and often how you’re going to use it.
So, before you start browsing our brochure get a pen and paper and have a think about where the pergola will go on your property – having a walk round and a good look at potential sites may help too!
One important question is – do you want it to be freestanding or attached to your property? Most of our pergolas come with the option to be both but some only attach to a wall so bear that in mind when choosing. Some like the Loft style have a gable end styling and can be only suitable on certain styles of property so you’ll need to make sure there’s suitable clearance to fit that style.
Do you have a site which is already prepared with a hardstanding or patio to form a suitable floor or will you need to make one? A pergola needs to stand on a suitable hard surface with good drainage (you don’t want to be ankle deep when it rains!). Engaging a qualified local tradesman to help you do this is a good idea, tell them what you’re planning to do and they’ll be able to help you. If you need more advice give us a call or drop us an email and we’ll be able to help with any details you may be unsure of.
A good idea may be to look at the site’s exposure to the elements. Is it on an exposed spot where wind damage could be a problem? Or is it in a nice sunny sheltered spot where it gets protection from other properties, trees and the shelter of your property? The amount of sun a spot gets is an important consideration for a pergola as you’ll be using it a lot during the warmer months and you want to enjoy it as much as possible, your roof and the zip blinds you can optionally fit provide you with light control.
Are you going to want to fit lights, heaters and automate your blinds or even add music? You’ll need to consider how to get an electrical supply to your pergola and this will likely come from your property (unless you’re adventurous enough to consider solar or a generator!). Yorkshire Pergolas don’t do the electrical fitting we just fit the lights etc to an existing supply so you’ll need to get a qualified local contractor to look at how to get a supply to your pergola. This might need a bit more consideration if you want a freestanding model which isn’t attached to your property. Tell them what you’re planning to do and if you need any more help just call us and we’ll help you with any trickier details.
Is your location big enough for what you want? It’s no good planning a pergola to contain a hot tub if the hot tub is bigger than the proposed pergola! Measure anything you’d like in the pergola and work out if there’s enough space for it, remember to leave plenty of space to move around – nobody wants to have to climb over furniture!
Are there any obstructions that might make it difficult to fit a pergola? we can fit around some existing fittings/obstructions but there are some that we can’t – after all you really don’t want your central heating boiler venting into your pergola! So, make a note and take a photo of anything that might make it difficult to fit a pergola in your chosen location and get in touch – we’ll be able to tell you if we can fit round it or if your location needs to move. Remember, we’re very good at finding ways to fit pergolas but there are some locations which can’t be done – just ask us if you’re unsure!
Are you fitting a commercial pergola? This needs careful consideration and the first one is if you are leasing a property do you have the permission of the freeholder to do what you’re planning to do? This needs to be in writing and all formally agreed – you don’t want to have to dismantle it! If you’ve got the go ahead or you are the freeholder you’ll need to consider the space you have and how you’re going to use it and the capacity. You need to look at fire regulations, exits and current social distancing guidelines. If you’re unsure on any of these your local council can often help. You’ll also need to consider all the other points above as they apply to commercial properties too.
Once you’re sure you’ve got the perfect space to install your pergola then is when the fun begins choosing your style, colour and accessories to make it unique to you, so, grab that brochure and browse away!