What Are the Pros & Cons of Outdoor Pergolas?

Outdoor pergolas, no matter what their construction, are stunning structures, but like all things they come with a penalty notice. Many people say they want a structure that they don’t need to really care for, and many interior designers hear the words “I want zero maintenance.” They want something that will withstand the tests of time itself and come out looking like it had the day it was installed. It can’t be done. But it is possible to reduce the maintenance problems by selecting a pergola that is made from the right materials. Many of these materials — light and durable are already used.

Wood Pergolas

Wood is a very resilient substance and is regularly used for building garden furniture.

– Pros

Cost effective

Pressure treated wood is the least expensive wood on the market. There’s a price bump that is quite decent for cedar. It’s readily available which is ideal for anyone, and is for sale locally, no matter where you live.

Wood is easy to use, and if you are a carpenter or know a good carpenter, then you will know wood is very easy to use. There is a lot of information available about the types of wood there are out there, and what you can use it for. This knowledge will be essential when you decide to build an outdoor pergola.

– Cons

Weight is an issue

Cedar, for instance, is very light, but its pressure treated variety is heavy. You will need to consider this when constructing footers or a deck attachment.

Span distance

Depending on the sizes of the boards you want to use for your project, your span distance can be an issue. Pressure treated wood left to the elements will always warp, crack, or move in a direction you don’t want.

To keep the wood always looking its best, it will be important for you to maintain it by painting or staining it. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as lifetime treatment, so you will need to paint or stain the wood structure regularly.




Weight is a major factor; fibreglass is very light. It can easily be installed on a deck attached to a plate that then attaches to the joists.

Fibreglass can be painted in any colour, and while it may chip during transit to your property, there will always be more paint to touch-up any damage done. Also, fibreglass doesn’t move as wood does. But beyond that and a bit of basic cleaning, the fibreglass will always look like new.

Fibreglass pergolas can span up to 20 feet with no posts, and remain stable.

These pergolas are shipped like kits made by model makers, making installation simple and easy. Everything is cut to length according to your specifications.



Availablity is a problem since few manufacturers actually make fibreglass pergolas. People buying fibreglass have to pay 2 to 3 times the amount that they would if they’d stuck to wooden pergolas.

The waiting

You are generally told it will be there in 3-4 weeks; however, it might end up being 10-12 weeks before you have the pergola.

Pros vs Cons

There are many advantages to having a pergola especially one made by Sydney pergola design & build company – Sunscreen Patios & Pergolas. It can maximise the outdoor space, adding a focal point in your garden, so if you have parties or barbecues, it will serve as the perfect entertainment centre. People who wish to spend a lot of their time living in their garden and making the best of it, a pergola is their best choice, and they also provide much-needed shade and add to vines in the garden.

The main drawbacks to owning one are the cost, the materials they are made from, and the need to keep it clean and looking as attractive as the day it was first bought. It can create additional work for the owners who will need to clean it, and finally, they are too large and require a garden of sizeable space, so they are not for everyone to own.