Vinyl Pergolas
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Today, we return to take a look at pergolas, and although they are referred to as vinyl pergolas, that doesn’t mean, of course, that the entire structures are made of vinyl.

No, the posts are actually made of treated pine, but they are covered in vinyl sheaths to afford protection from the elements.

The one shown, above left, is one of the 2-beam vinyl pergolas, and you can choose to have it free-standing – by your pool, as illustrated, which would look very classy, almost like something out of ancient Greece – or wall-mounted, as shown in the photo that’s below and to the right.

Vinyl 2-Beam PergolaThe 2-beam pergolas are available in 25 different sizes, ranging from a compact 8 x 8 feet, all the way up to a generous 16 x 32 feet.

For reference, so you can get a bit of an idea of the relative sizes, the pergola at the top of this page measures 8 x 14 feet, while the wall-mounted one is 10 x 12 feet.

If you want the strongest pergola possible, then you’ll probably want to opt for one of the 4-beam vinyl pergolas. Not only are these very attractive, but the design creates an incredibly strong structure that has virtually no chance to bow, twist or warp.

Vinyl Deluxe 4-Beam PergolaThe 4-beam models are available in exactly the same range of 25 sizes as the 2-beam ones, and the one shown here measures 12 x 12 feet.

The only difference is, apart from the extra strength, that the 4-beam models only come as free-standing pergolas – they’re not available as wall-mounted ones.

Both types come as easy-to-assemble kits, but they do advise that you will probably need more than one person to construct these – especially the 4-beam models, as the top beams are particularly weighty.

While there is undoubtedly a certain attraction to the natural qualities of wooden pergolas, the all-white vinyl pergolas (although you can choose an ivory colour if you prefer) have their own particular charm too, looking clean and fresh (and the vinyl will, of course, protect the Southern Yellow Pine within as well as reducing the maintenance you’ll need to perform).

Unless you have a specific requirement for one of the wall-mounted 2-beam pergolas (e.g. you don’t have a lot of space), we would definitely go for a free-standing model, and given that we experience very strong winds where live, up in the mountains, then the extra strength afforded by the 4-beam vinyl pergola would be our preferred choice.

(And, yes, we realise that some people are concerned about their pergolas blowing away in the wind, but don’t worry – we’ll cover this issue in a future article – so subscribe to our RSS feed and be notified automatically when we post this information.)

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19 Responses to ““Vinyl Pergolas”

  1. Alam Ghafoor says:

    I prefer wood to vinyl,but both pergolas look lovely.It would hard choosing between them.

  2. Dennis Perry says:

    Again, I am amazed at the vast number of choices available.

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  3. how well does vinyl hold up in direct exposure to the sun?

  4. Jim Shell says:

    I like the vinyl, I have a vinyl fence and haven’t really had any problems with it. This pergola I imagine would be able to handle just about anything. It also looks fantastic!

  5. Don Hill says:

    They really do brighten up the place don’t they.


  6. Charles Howard says:

    Thanks a lot for the lovely patio ideas. My wife and I are building our dream house and creating a beautiful patio is part of our to-do list. This website is such a gift!

  7. The vinyl pergolas look very clean and stylish.

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  8. Rob Northrup says:

    Such a wide selection of styles and prce points. You are the Gazebo King!

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  9. Chris Yui says:

    I’m glad I came across this website, such variety of choices! This is gazebo heaven right here! Thank you Rae and Mark!

  10. I have been seeing more and more vinyl products in back yards on my daily adventures. Vinyl Pergolas do stay attractive over time and do not discolor from what I have seen.
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  11. Vinyl would be preferred in our rainy Washington state. Is it mold/mildew resistant?
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  12. Hi Rae and Mark,

    The 2 beam free standing one does look great, however, I think I most admire and desire the 4 beam one. It looks GORGEOUS.

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  13. Bhavin says:

    These white vinyl pergolas looks very elegant and it can create a quietly sophisticated retreat for one’s backyard sauna.

  14. Eva Palmer says:

    I thougth i would prefer wood but this also look very nice and are much easier to clean!

  15. The vinyl looks great and truly does hold up better, with less maintenance, than wood structures. This one is beautiful!

    Karen Van Ness

  16. Karen Stafford says:

    This is just what my husband and I need for our back porch. It is beautiful and I have no problem with it being vinyl. I can’t wait to share this with him tonight.


  17. I’m curious as to how the vinyl would hold up in Phoenix or Las Vegas, where we get over 300 days of direct sunlight.

    Do they fade or is there a way to treat it so they don’t fade?

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  18. Issac Christensen says:

    The picture of the pergola by the swimming pool was enough for me to seriously look into building one. I live in Arizona and something like this could really make our pool area amazing. Thanks for the great post.

  19. Pacey Smith says:

    I don’t have a problem with vinyl, and I would having no problem entertaining company under one of these.

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