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Last updated on March 21st, 2024

How much does a pergola cost?

Pergolas provide a functional yet stylish addition to any garden. Use our pergola cost guide to find out how much it will cost to build your dream pergola!

Fast Facts

  • The average cost to build a pergola in the UK is £2,500
  • Pergola builders typically charge around £200 - £300 per day
  • Your total pergola cost will depend on factors like its size, design and material

How much does it cost to build a pergola in the UK?

In the UK, the average cost to build a pergola is about £2,500. This includes both materials and labour.

Cost provided itemAverage UK cost
Standard pergola£2,500
Luxury pergola£10,000
Labour (per day)£250

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That said, costs can vary widely depending on many factors, such as the size of your pergola, the materials it’s made from, and your location.

You could pay anywhere from around £400 to £6,000 for a standard pergola. Meanwhile, a high-end luxury pergola could cost closer to £10,000, with a much more complex installation. Which brings us onto…

How much does pergola installation cost?

If you’re looking to build a pergola in your garden, the biggest cost will be the cost of materials.

When it comes to labour costs, on the other hand, you’re looking at around £200 - £300 per day.

It usually takes 1-2 days to build a pergola from scratch (with a 2-day break for the concrete base to set). So, a standard pergola installation will cost roughly £500 for labour.

A high-end luxury pergola will be much more complicated to install. In this case, you could pay as much as £1,000 for labour alone.

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How much to build a pergola by size

Pergolas come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. While a small patio or deck might best accommodate a pergola measuring 9×9 feet, a larger space may be able to house a much larger pergola – say 16×16 feet.

You’ll also come across pergolas that are rectangular rather than square, for instance measuring 10×12 feet, 10×14 feet or 12×16 feet.

As you can imagine, the bigger your pergola, the more it will cost to build.

How much will it cost to build a 10×10 pergola?

A 10×10 foot pergola will be big enough to house a couple of chairs. So, it’s a decent size for smaller patios and more intimate gatherings.

The average cost to build a 10×10 pergola ranges from £600 - £2,300.

As with most pergola builds, it should take around 1-2 days to complete the job.

How much does it cost to build a 12×12 pergola?

A 12×12 foot pergola is ideal for outdoor dining or medium-sized gatherings.

It’s the largest size you should choose for a small patio or deck and is often seen as the ‘standard’ size.

With that in mind, you’re looking at an average cost of £2,500 to build a 12×12 pergola.

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How much does a pergola roof cost?

You won’t normally need to budget separately for your pergola roof, as it will be included in your overall price.

That said, if you’re after something other than a standard slatted roof, this can cause your pergola costs to climb.

Adding roofing panels to your pergola could help to protect you from rain or shelter you from the sun, so that you can use your new structure all year round. Meanwhile, a louvered or retractable roof could give you the best of both worlds, allowing you to adjust the level of shelter your pergola offers to your needs.

The average cost for a pergola with a retractable roof is around £4,000, excluding labour.

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Pergola roof cost

Factors affecting your pergola cost

As we’ve mentioned, there are lots of different factors that will affect your total pergola cost. Here are the main ones.

Size of your pergola

The bigger your pergola, the more it will cost to build. This is because bigger pergolas will use more materials and take longer to construct.

Style of your pergola

Simple pergola designs will usually take less time to build and will therefore cost less. On the other hand, more complex designs will come with higher labour costs.

Type and quality of materials

Pergolas can be constructed from a range of different materials. The most common are wood, metal and stone or brick.

Pergolas made from softwood will usually cost the least. In contrast, fibreglass pergolas are amongst the most expensive.

Time of year

Pergola builders will usually be in high demand during the summer months. With that in mind, you may be able to reduce your costs by getting your pergola built in early spring or towards the end of autumn.

Any prep work needed

Depending on your plans for your garden, you might want to invest in some prep work before having your pergola installed.

For instance, you could create a new patio area to go with your new structure. This will add to your costs.

Where you live

As with any home improvement or garden maintenance work, prices will vary across the UK.

Costs in the South of the country tend to be higher than in the North. In particular, the cost of building a pergola in London will typically be higher than in the rest of the country.

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Types of pergola

Pergolas come in lots of different styles and materials. So, prices will vary depending on your preferences.

Here are some of the most common materials for the main structure.

Wood pergolas

Wood is the most common material for pergolas in the UK, and tends to cost the least.

Wooden pergolas are often made from softwood that’s been pressure-treated to ensure it lasts. But they can also be made from hardwood, which is naturally durable and so doesn’t need treatment.

Softwood costs less than hardwood. However, hardwood pergolas, such as oak, are much more durable and tend to last longer. So, they arguably cost less in the long run.

Pergola with hanging baskets

Brick or stone pergolas

Another popular option is to use brick or stone for the columns of your pergola. In this case, you can create a uniform look by matching the material of your pergola to your house.

Wooden cross beams are then used to create the slatted roof.

Using brick or stone makes for a much stronger frame, which can take more weight than a wooden pergola structure. With that in mind, you can expect to pay more for a brick or stone pergola than for a wooden one.

Metal pergolas

Metal pergola frames aren’t as popular as wood or brick ones. But they’re a great option if you’re after a more modern aesthetic.

Plus, there are more and more specialist manufacturers making beautiful metal pergolas. The most common metal used is aluminium.

Metal pergolas come in a kit that is then bolted together. They can be fixed to the ground to create a freestanding structure, or attached to the side of your home in a lean-to style.

Additional pergola costs

Before you hire a specialist to build your pergola, it’s worth being aware of all the different costs that could crop up. Here are a few additional costs to bear in mind when planning your pergola construction project.

  • Any visual design work to create a custom-built pergola
  • Preparing the ground to build the pergola on
  • Removing or repairing any electrical or plumbing work
  • Planning permits, if needed
  • Adding special features to the pergola, e.g. trellis or a cloth roof

Have a chat with pergola builders near you to find out what exactly is included in the scope of their services. If there are tasks involved that they can’t complete themselves, they may be able to recommend another tradesperson who can help.

Do I need planning permission for a pergola in my garden?

Like with most small garden structures, you won’t normally need planning permission to build a pergola.

That said, you’ll need to adhere to a few rules. Your pergola should:

  • Be single-storey with a maximum height of 2.5m
  • Have no raised platform
  • Not cover more than 50% of your property’s land
  • Be located to the rear of your property (if you want to build it to the side of your property, you’ll need planning permission)

In conservation areas, the rules are slightly different. For instance, there’s a maximum area limit of 10m2.

It’s always best to get in touch with your local planning office before building your pergola, just in case.

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Why build a pergola?

Umming and ahhing about building a pergola? There are so many benefits to adding a pergola to your garden.

Not only will it look great, but it’ll create a whole extra space that you can use. Here are just a few great reasons to build a pergola.

  • Add value to your home by creating an attractive, usable living space outdoors
  • Upgrade your garden with a beautifully designed visual feature
  • Extend your living space with a pergola that complements your home
  • Add shade and privacy to make your garden more comfortable and usable
  • Create a green oasis by covering your pergola with climbing and trailing plants

Pergola with ivy leaves

What is the difference between a pergola and an arbour?

Homeowners commonly confuse pergolas with arbours and gazebos. And rightly so! The three can be pretty similar although they’re not the same.

A pergola is typically a structure made up of several columns that support a slatted roof.

Pergolas are designed to offer partial shade and shelter from the elements, but are effectively an open structure that will let in light (and rain). They’re most popularly used over patios and decks to create an extra living area outdoors.

An arbour, on the other hand, is a small wooden structure or archway with trellis on the sides. They’re usually located in gardens, paths and entrances and offer both visual appeal and privacy. They can also be used as a small shelter for a seating nook or bench.

Meanwhile, a gazebo features a full roof and will often have walls that provide much more shelter.

How much does it cost to build an arbour?

The average cost to build an arbour in the UK is £2,600.

However, costs can vary widely depending on lots of factors, including the size and design of your arbour, and whether you buy one in kit form or pay someone to make it from scratch.

With that in mind, you could pay anything from £450 to £6,300 to get an arbour installed in your garden.

Here are just a few benefits of installing one of these structures:

  • Create plenty of shade for outdoor parties
  • Provide shelter from bad weather
  • Offer an entranceway
  • Support climbing plants
  • Increase the value of your property
  • Provide a cosy seating nook or bench
  • Add visual appeal to your garden

You can buy wood, metal, or vinyl arbours from most DIY stores, or construct them using a kit. If you want the job done professionally, have one custom-made by a carpenter near you.

How much does it cost to build an arbour

Do you need some pergola inspiration?

Then make sure you check out our pergola ideas!

Once you know what pergola you would like to build, then you can reach out to your local, Checkatrade-approved pergola builders.

Find pergola builders near you

Ready and raring to get a pergola constructed in your garden? Here’s a handy checklist to help you get prepared and find the right pergola builder for the job.

  • Decide what you want to use your pergola for – this will help you to settle on a pergola type and size, as well as the best spot in your garden
  • Contact your local council to confirm if you will need planning permission
  • Speak to local experts for professional advice and accurate pergola costs
  • Shop around for fair and competitive prices
  • Always hire a professional tradesperson with suitable experience

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FAQs

How much does it cost to install a pergola UK?

The average cost to install a pergola in the UK is £2,500. This includes both materials and labour.

How much does it cost to assemble a pergola?

Pergola builders typically charge around £200 - £300 per day to assemble a pergola.

Is it cheaper to build a pergola or buy one?

It’s usually cheaper to buy a DIY pergola kit than it is to hire someone to build one from scratch.

That said, if you buy a pergola, you’ll be limited to specific sizes and designs. You’ll often find that a bespoke pergola designed and constructed for your needs will look and function better. It will likely also add more value to your home.

Does a pergola add value to a home UK?

Yes. As long as your pergola is well-maintained and good quality, it could add significant value to your home.

Not only will it improve the visual appeal of your garden. But it also offers extra living space and will help prospective buyers to visualise how they might use the garden in your property.

Do pergolas need council approval UK?

Not usually. Your pergola will be seen as a temporary structure so it shouldn’t need planning permission as long as you adhere to rules like keeping your structure under 2.5 metres high and making sure it doesn’t cover more than 50% of your outside space.

That said, these rules can vary a little depending on factors like whether your property is located in a conservation area and whether it’s a listed building. With that in mind, it’s always safest to check with your council before starting work to make sure that you’re not missing any information.

Can you build a pergola next to a fence UK?

Yes! Even though most pergolas are relatively permanent, they’re still seen as temporary structures in the eyes of planning regulations. This means you can install them right next to a fence in the UK, as long as they’re not more than 2.5 metres tall.

Got more questions about pergola costs in the UK? Simply get in touch with a pergola builder near you to get help, advice and bespoke costs for your project.

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