How to Build a Pergola

How to Build a Pergola

Posted by Daryl Schmidt on 17th Feb 2023

Constructing A Pergola Attached To The Roof Of Your House

Nothing shows off creeper and climber vines like a well-made pergola. Whether you’re constructing it from traditional wood like Treated PineMerbauSpotted GumBlackbutt or Tallowwood make sure you get the right information before you break ground.

If you’re not sure how to build a pergola attached to the house, you’ve come to the right place. This guide will give you some tips and tricks to keep in the back of your mind as you begin working through this project. DIY or amateur builders make similar mistakes when building a pergola; separate yourself from the pack with a little bit of our help.

How to build a beautiful space in your garden with a Pergola

Checking with the local council before starting construction isn’t just a case of being a law-abiding citizen, it’s about protecting your home and your family. Even a medium-sized pergola adds a significant amount of weight to the existing structure. This additional load can cause problems if incorrectly constructed or attached to the house. Our advice is to consult an engineer beforehand.

Ensure that you choose a material for both the pergola roof and pergola frame that suits your home’s aesthetics, your location’s climate and your own maintenance responsibilities. Treated Pine H3 is a Treated Pine that can be used outdoors . Other options like hardwood species such as Spotted Gum, Merbau or Blackbutt can be purchased in structural grades such as f17 or f27 and looks great when oiled in an exterior coating such as the Cabots or Intergrain products sold by Megatimber.

As with freestanding pergolas, it’s crucial to ensure that your structure has the correct number of timber posts placed in the right spots to provide maximum support. Sagging of the pergola roof can occur if the posts are spread too far apart. An unsecure pergola roof is a sure-fire way to get a letter from your council ordering amendments to or removal of the structure.

Building Supplies has never been easier

Canterbury Timbers wants to make it easier for everyone to have fun building the backyard of their dreams. Whether you’re a keen amateur DIYer, or a professional builder or tradesperson, we have the supplies, tools, tips and tricks you need. Complete your project on-time, under-budget and have fun doing it with our range.

Get all of the Supplies you need for your Pergola from Canterbury Timbers. We have a range of experts that can help with your selections. Call 1300 791 229