How Much Does a Pergola Cost in Melbourne
When people are looking to build a pergola for their backyard, one of the first questions they want to know is how much will it cost to build? As a pergola builder in Melbourne, this is a question we often receive, and it’s actually quite difficult to give an accurate answer. The problem is that without taking all the different factors into consideration, it’s hard to tell how much it might set you back. Depending on your current property situation, and how you want your pergola to look, the price may vary. In the following article, we’ll go over some of the most important factors that will determine how much it will cost you to build a pergola in Melbourne.
Some of the major price factors in building a pergola
- Size: The total size of the construction is definitely one of the most important factors to consider when pricing up a new pergola. As you would expect, larger pergolas generally cost more to build in comparison to smaller pergolas which are generally cheaper to build. To discuss the size and cost of your pergola in Melbourne with a trusted expert, get in touch with the team at Undercover Concepts. We’ll help you to select an appropriate sized pergola and provide you with a free quote.
- Materials: Another factor that can affect the cost of a pergola would be the materials that it’s made from. Generally, there are 2 types of materials that pergolas are constructed from, timber and steel. Steel pergolas are usually constructed with a Colourbond steel. This is essentially a steel that comes pre-painted and is built to be durable and robust. We also supply and install steel Stratco pergolas which come with re-enforced, pre-fabricated components.Here at Undercover Concepts, we truly believe that a Colourbond steel or Stratco pergolas are far superior in comparison to a timber pergola due to their durability, price and their modern appearance. It is important to keep in mind that often a steel pergola is cheaper than a timber pergola. This is because they don’t require painting, they usually have a shorter construction time and they will require less maintenance in the future.
- Additions / Features: Another important factor that can affect the cost of a pergola would be the additional features if you choose to install any. If you wish to add skylights, electricity, blinds or other features to your pergola this can obviously impact the price. At undercover concepts, we custom make our pergolas to suit your needs, so if extra features are something you require, don’t hesitate to let us know. We will go the extra step to accommodate for all of your lifestyle needs.
- Pergola style: There are a number of different styles of pergola, all with their own unique characteristics. Depending on the style of pergola you’re after, the amount and the difference in materials can affect the price. For example, open pergolas do not have a roof and are generally used as a decorative feature, often to hang lights or other decorations from. Gable pergolas have a peaked, triangle shaped roof, allowing plenty of airflow and water run-off. Flat pergolas are constructed with a flat roof as opposed to a gable pergola, and could be cheaper in comparison due to material costs. Finally, there are sail pergolas, which utilise shade sails that are stretched out between posts to create a roof. Each style may impact the price of the pergola, as different materials and building techniques are required.
- Site Costs: All sites are different, so where you choose to build your pergola can also affect the price. If site access is restricted and it’s difficult to move materials in and out of the property, it may become more costly. Similarly, if earthworks are required to level your property and build your pergola this will also result in an additional cost. Some pergolas can be bolted to existing concrete whilst others can be concreted into the ground or anchored to existing structures such as a decking or retaining walls.
- Existing Structures: If there are existing structures where you wish to have your pergola built, this could also have an impact on the cost. Demolition work would need to be carried out to remove any existing structures prior to the construction of your new pergola.
Getting a quoteWhen requesting a quote for your new pergola installation in Melbourne, it’s important to check the background of the company before you engage them as your builder. A good pergola installer in Melbourne should have a website that informs you about their licensing, insurance, and provide some testimonials and images of their previous work. This will help you to make an informed decision to build with a company that you can trust. Ensure that you provide your pergola builder with as much detail as you can about exactly what you’re looking for in a new pergola. This might include any access issues or sloping land, which could have an effect on the price of your quote. This will ensure that you get a correct quote the first time around. At Undercover Concepts, we will always come out to do a full site inspection before providing you with a final quote.
A pergola builder in Melbourne you can trust
A pergola is an affordable way to add some, beauty, character and value to your house. You simply can’t go wrong when installing a new pergola. However, the factors we have mentioned are just some of the pricing considerations involved with building a pergola in Melbourne. With all the various aspects that can contribute to the price, it’s extremely difficult to name an exact price for your new pergola. To avoid incorrect or unrealistic pricing, we prefer to quote each pergola on a job-to-job basis. If you have any more questions surrounding pergola installation costs in Melbourne, we’re here to help. If you’re thinking about installing a new pergola in Melbourne, get in touch with the experts at Undercover Concepts by visiting our contact page here. Once you contact us, we will be able further discuss your requirements, organise a site inspection, and provide you with a custom quote reflective of your new pergola. If you’d like to view some of the pergolas we’ve installed for our clients in the past, visit our work page here.
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