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Best Materials For A Pergola

Best materials for a pergola

When deciding to have a pergola in Sydney, you need to evaluate which material will be best for you, especially since the weather can be harsh and unpredictable.

There are multiple factors to consider when choosing the right construction supplies. And in this article, we will discuss the materials that make up some of the best pergolas in Sydney.

To start off, we have broken down this write-up into sections to highlight the areas you should consider when selecting the right pergola material. We will also explain which material will best satisfy that factor.

Wood, metal, PVC and brick are the most common options – and we will focus our efforts on analysing them.


This is probably one of the hardest factors to consider because it really comes down to the individual’s taste and preferences.

If you are after a style that matches your pre-existing home, then typically, the choice is quite easy.

In our experience, metal and wooden pergolas provide the most attractive look and feel. They are easy to customise and seamlessly incorporate into existing properties.

With metal pergolas, you get the added benefit of selecting from a range of colours, which can really add to the beauty of your outdoor space.

Pergola design


Obviously, you want any structure you invest in to last and withstand Australia’s intense weather.

What is the point of building a beautiful and amazing pergola if it is easily damaged?

When it comes to durability, again, we recommend metal pergolas—especially because we use Colorbond steel, which is tested under Australian conditions and has a rigorous standard.

If pergola builders are using metals other than Colorbond, you risk the chance of the material rusting and the paint flaking.

PVC and wood are also tough but still don’t compare to metal. Perhaps you can opt for a custom-designed pergola that utilises multiple materials if you’re looking for variety.


This factor really depends on you. What are you hoping for when obtaining a pergola?

Are you after an outdoor space to relax and socialise or a sanctuary where you can get work done outside? Or perhaps a BBQ and entertainment area that all the neighbours will rave about?

Either way, you want the pergola to be functional. This means you need a space that’s large enough.

Your backyard or property may have limited space and a custom option might be needed.

Be aware because lots of contractors only provide stock-standard pergolas. These are one-size-fits-all structures whilst custom designs allow you to maximise your outdoor area.

Functionality wise, most materials will work well.

Metal and wood structures are sturdy enough for you to be able to hang lights, heaters, speakers and other items off the pergola without damage. An increasingly popular addition nowadays is hanging benches or chairs.

A simple pergola is functionally based on what you make of it, but only a well-built pergola will stand the test of time and allow you to enjoy its full set of benefits.

Pergola functionality


When discussing the cost of pergolas and which material is best, we can’t just look at what is cheapest.

Selecting the cheapest material for pergolas will typically not translate into a stable and reliable structure.

At Correct Constructions, we offer affordable and safe pergola options that are customisable to your needs.

We understand that not every home is the same, so neither are their pergola needs. This exceeds the quality of standard pre-made kits.

Steel and wood may be a little dearer, but the benefits they offer far outweigh the pricing. They are customisable and have various unique options.

Factors to consider for pergola materials

Overall, we recommend metal pergolas as we know they last and provide owners with what they want.

Here at Correct Constructions, we are your leading pergola builders in Sydney! If you want to know more about pergola types, benefits and customisation options, then contact our friendly staff at 0414 342 842.

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