aluminium vs wooden pergolas

Summer is on the way and you’re looking to make the most out of your outside space. Pergolas are great for creating stylish, shaded outdoor seating areas – and are perfect for summer entertaining! But when it comes to installing a DIY pergola, should you choose wood or aluminium?

Benefits of DIY Wooden Pergolas

Wooden pergolas are great for giving your garden rustic charm. Traditionally, they’re used for growing vines, which means they’re ideal for creating natural shade – if you’re willing to wait for your vines to fill out! Wood can also be stained in arrange of colours, allowing you to create a stylishly designed outside space.

Downsides of DIY Wooden Pergolas

Wooden pergolas are more time consuming to construct, and ultimately require more maintenance. You’ll need to make sure the wood is treated against rot, and you’ll need to ensure the structural integrity of the wood remains intact. For example, harsh weather can lead to moisture problems, swelling, peeling, and cracking.

Benefits of DIY Aluminium Pergolas

Aluminium DIY pergolas are attractive, incredibly robust, and easy to construct. And if you are particularly attached to the idea of a DIY wooden pergola, you can even treat aluminium so it takes on a wooden effect.  Aluminium pergolas can also come with a ready-made cover, meaning instant shade for those hot, sunny days.

Downside of Aluminium Pergolas

While they may not have the rustic charm of wooden pergolas, DIY aluminium pergolas look stylish in their own right. If you’re used to working with wood, you may find it a little strange to work with aluminium at first, but ultimately, aluminium is lighter, harder wearing, and easier to build with.

Invest in a DIY pergola from Broadview Residential Shadings

At Broadview Residential Shadings, we supply high quality DIY aluminium pergola kits in twelve different sizes, covering small, medium, and large pergolas. Our kits come with full installation instructions, and are delivered within seven weeks, meaning you’ll have your new pergola up and looking great much quicker than if you paid for an installation team!

Don’t worry, if you get stuck, our team are always on had to provide you with guidance through the build process if you need it – but we’re confident you’ll be able to do it yourself. You can order a DIY pergola Broadview Shading Solutions by giving us a ring on 0845 450 0435.