All Decked Out will design and construct a pergola to your custom requirements, from a stand-alone pergola as a garden feature, to a verandah providing shade in the summer from the sun and protection from the rain in winter, to a carport for your vehicle. For weather protection consider tinted or transparent roof sheeting - this will allow you to still maximise lighting and visibility. We can also add glass panels to the pergola or decking for additional weather protection without affecting your views.
All our carports are designed to compliment and enhance your home, whilst still protecting your vehicle from Australia's harsh elements.
At the heart of any pergola is a desire to enhance a home and provide an outdoor living space. Most pergolas either have either some overhead covering, either as a roof for weather protection or as a lattice to perhaps grow a trailing vine.
Most pergolas need be customised to suit the location and purpose they are going to be built for. For example, a carport needs to have a solid roof with easy access for vehicles, while a verandah needs to be designed to complement the existing home.
To ensure you get the best results for your pergola, the following points should be considered:
Most pergolas are designed to provide an outdoor living space where people can enjoy the outdoors as an extension of their living space with family and friends, whilst having some protection from the weather elements. This requires a balance of openness and protection in the design of the pergola.
Having open sides on your pergola allows natural air flow and cooling, but windy conditions, rain and cool weather can reduce your enjoyment of the space, so sometimes glass or lattice screens can provide the protection necessary to reduce wind and rain affects with minimal impact on your views and enjoyment.
When a pergola is attached to an existing structure it is quite often called a verandah. Verandahs require more detailed frame designs as it is connected to an existing structure (usually a home).
Often, pergolas have a roof - but this is not always the case. Different designs can be integrated into the lattice and frame of your pergola to make it visually appealing. Common styling for pergola includes flat roofs, slopping roofs, and gable ends.
Roof sheets on pergolas provide improved protection against the sun in summer and the rain in winter. Colorbond roofing is a popular choice for pergolas. Colorbond comes in a variety of colours and corrugation styles so can be matched to most styles of homes to provide a long lasting roof. As it does block direct sunlight, if light is important alternatives maybe required.
The most popular current trend for pergola roofing is Laserlite - this is a hard transparent plastic which comes in a range of tints from clear to gun metal. Made in corrugation sheets, it will provide the protection against sun glare, rain and falling leaves without blocking out the direct sun.
Alternatively, you might want a natural solution and have a trellis for growing plants on for your new pergola. This alternative is best done with deciduous plants like wisteria to improve winter sun and reduce sun penetration in the hotter months.
When roofing is used on a pergola, thought needs to be given to where the water will go when it rains. Gutters and downpipes need to be incorporated for storm water.
Sometimes you can connect to an existing system, but this depends on the roof heights.
Other options for your pergola include collecting the water to fill a swimming pool or getting a rain water tank to water gardens and lawns from.
Pergolas can be constructed from almost any material. Timber options include all the varieties of hardwood used for decking, but also extend to softwoods like radiata pine or oregon.
Most pergolas have a painted finish for colour selection and ease of maintenance. Timber pergolas can be varnished with or without a stain when the grain of the wood is to be left visible.
All Decked Out are happy to design and build a pergola to meet your specific requirements.