Being Practical

A pergola is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make so you’ll want to get it right. Giving a bit of thought to how you’ll use your pergola and the space you want to put it in can make the whole process much easier. So, grab a pen and paper and make a few notes before you decide on your pergola.

  1. Where will you pergola be sited? Do you have an existing patio/terrace where it can be fitted or will you need groundworks? Yorkshire Pergolas don’t do the groundworks so you’ll need to get a qualified local contractor to do this…
  2. Will it be wall mounted or freestanding? Are there any existing obstacles which may either prevent fitting or need to be planned around? A photo of the site can help us tell you whether a pergola can be fitted and if we need to work around anything.
  3. How big will your pergola be? Our pergolas are modular so we can fit different sizes from the small to the very large. One consideration is the space but also fitting furniture and other accessories into it can be something you need to bear in mind. Is it going to be a small home office, a space for entertaining or an extension to a busy restaurant?
     
  4. Are you going to want to use it all year round or mainly spring and summer? If you want to use it in the colder months you’re going to need heating, lighting and glazing. Some of our pergolas have a higher resistance to adverse weather conditions than others so consider the weather in your area. Weather sensors help control your pergolas response to wind and rain.
  5. Are you going to fit heating, lighting and music? If you just need a basic pergola without automation we have manual models but if you want to add accessories you’ll need to consider an electrical supply. This needs to be set up before you fit the pergola so you’ll need the help of a qualified contractor.
  6. If you’re a commercial customer you may need to check out your lease and fire regulations as well. Not everywhere can fit a pergola safely or legally so if in doubt – check it out!

If you’ve considered all these points and are pretty certain that you can fit a pergola and you’ve checked out our handy guides all that you need to do is browse our brochure and decide the style you’d like and give us a call or drop us an email and we’ll help you do the rest.

Making your Pergola Something Special

A pergola is a big investment and you’re likely to want to make it unique to your lifestyle and use your outdoor space. 

Selecting your frame and roof colours are the first step. Our pergolas come in a variety of lovely standard colours and other custom styles and finishes can be selected, our frames even come in a wood look finish that brings you all the style of a wooden pergola but with more durability and not a can of wood stain in sight! Our roofs come with a selection of 2 options depending on the style you choose – louvres or fabric, again there are a selection of standard or custom colours. We particularly love the combination of a contrasting frame and roof – whichever option you choose it can look stunning.

Adding lights, glazing, heaters and music further enhances the experience and means you can use the pergola for a whole host of different uses. But personalising needn’t stop there.

Planning your look can be a lot of fun and have practical points too. Furnishing your pergola to provide seating areas can range from luxurious to inexpensive. Many stores like John Lewis or the Range have some beautiful styles to choose from and accessories which can create anything from a Moroccan bazaar look to a beach bar. Painting the wall your pergola lies against if it’s wall mounted can also add a splash of colour.

Plants can be a lovely accessory and since many pergolas will be built on patios and terraces creating a container garden around them can brighten up the space in summer and clever use of some evergreens can keep it looking verdant even in winter. Some plants such as herbs also smell lovely on a sunny patio and of course they are useful to add to a whole array of lovely dishes. Rosemary for example can be added to roost chestnuts along with salt and fennel seeds. Basil is great for Italian dishes and also has an added bonus of keeping those pesky flies at bay.

So, get set for summer and plan your escape into the outdoors by planning how you’ll decorate your pergola..it’s just a call away!

A Home Pergola

A Home Pergola

This handy guide helps you in planning how to choose and plan for your pergola. It will help you decide on your site, having measurements ready and all the things you may need to consider before you have your consultation. It also speeds things up as you’ll have all the things we need to know ready before we see you.

Commercial Pergolas

Commercial Pergolas

When you need a pergola for a commercial premises such as a bar or restaurant the process for planning one is a little different but with our handy guide you can take care of all the details you need to find out before you give us a call and have a consultation with Charlie. The guide covers answers to most of the important things you need to consider. If you’re unsure or can’t find some details you can give us a call and we’ll help you through the process.