How to choose your pergola

Ideal to take full advantage of a beautiful shaded space on a terrace or in a corner of the garden, the pergola is part of the centerpieces of outdoor landscaping. Leaned against the wall of a house, freestanding or removable, this structure adapts to the needs of each, always with style and elegance.

Choose between different types of pergola

Why buy a pergola?

A pergola is located halfway between a veranda and awning. It is an imposing structure, consisting of a horizontal part (roof) and resting on vertical supports (poles). It creates a clear space, perfect to enjoy the view, protect from sunlight and mild weather. Very decorative, it allows not only to dress the outside but also to create a new living space dedicated to relaxation and conviviality: a garden room or table ideally find their place.

The three main types of pergola

A pergola is to choose according to the needs and the desired style. There are three main types:

The walled pergola (or wall ) uses one of the walls of the house: the back is attached to the facade and the front rests on two posts. It is usually installed over a bay window to create an extension of the home. Thanks to the wall that supports it, it protects relatively well from wind and weather, while preventing the heat of the sun from invading the house. Only downside: it can also darken the interior!

The freestanding pergola is an independent structure resting on four posts. It offers the advantage of being able to settle anywhere, provided that the floor is flat: it will be the most beautiful effect near a house, a pool or in a garden corner. In very windy areas, the point of vigilance will be on sealing. Patio pergola with retractable awning most commonly used

The removable pergola offers the advantage of arming and disarming easily. Some models are fixed and have retractable roofs. Less attractive than its sisters, the folding pergola is most often used punctually, for example at receptions or weddings.

Patio pergola with retractable awningComparison of the main pergola materials possible

Several materials can be used for the structure of the pergola: wood, steel, aluminum, and wrought iron.


Wood is the material traditionally used. Natural, warm, ecological and durable, it adapts to all outdoor styles, from the most classic to the most contemporary. Generally designed using pine species (autoclave class 4 treated), cedar, chestnut, oak, hazel or teak, wooden structures should be regularly checked and maintained with fungicide treatments if necessary. and insecticides. Due to its weight, a wooden pergola will require a strong anchoring to the ground.

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