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Design Your Own Custom Pergola

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Design Your Own Custom Pergola

We have the capability to build virtually ANY pergola configuration you can think of!

Our standard pergolas are square or rectangular, but we can create (and have created) pergolas of many other shapes:

  • T-shape
  • L-shape
  • Triangle
  • Pentagon
  • Octagon
  • Half octagon
  • And many others

Similarly, while most pergolas are 8-32' wide/deep, we can create a pergola of virtually any size... 40 feet, 60 feet, 80 feet or 100+ feet (or 51.25 feet if that's what you want)!

Along with customizing the shape and dimensions of your pergola, you'll also be able to choose all of our other customization options:

  • Post (column) design - 5" square without a trim ring, 5" square with a trim ring, 7" square with a trim ring OR 7" round with a trim ring
  • End cap style for beams & rafters - Scrolled, beveled OR flat
  • Color - White vinyl OR tan vinyl
  • Shade level - 75% shade, 90% shade OR 50% shade
  • Fan mounts - You can add optional fan mounts to create your own breeze
  • High-wind brackets - These optional brackets provide added stability if you live in an area that has 80+ MPH winds

You'll be happy to know that we price our pergolas based on the components included in the kit... the number/size of posts, beams and rafters, the number of shade purlins, etc. We don't "jack up the price" simply because you're ordering a "custom" pergola. Our quote calculator is completely component-based.

Simply complete the form to the right to tell us what kind of pergola you're looking for, and we'll get in touch with you quickly and provide a no-obligation quote for what you have in mind.

Why a Sunset Pergola?

Sunset Pergolas offer the perfect combination of quality, beauty and affordability. The all-vinyl exterior is elegant and virtually maintenance-free, and the aluminum frame is both structurally strong and rust-proof.

Sturdy Aluminum Frame

Sunset Pergolas are built to last... and not just stay upright, but also stay beautiful. The sturdy aluminum frame ensures that your pergola will not sag, bow, bend, break or rust over time.

The half-inch thick welded post base and stainless steel fasteners will hold your pergola securely in place, even in extreme weather conditions. The posts (columns) can easily be trimmed to your preferred height and attached to virtually any surface (deck, concrete slab, pillar or footing).

Maintenance-Free Vinyl Exterior

With such quality and durability on the inside, do you think we would skimp on the outside? Absolutely not! The exterior of every piece (the posts, beams, rafters and shade purlins… everything!) is made of high-quality vinyl that is as beautiful as it is durable. Anyone who has ever had both a vinyl fence and a wooden fence knows how much easier it is to clean and maintain vinyl. Our pergolas are virtually maintenance-free and are guaranteed never to chalk, pit, discolor or become brittle.

Sunset Pergolas are manufactured right here in the USA and are protected by a lifetime warranty. Order a free sample or read more about our high-quality materials.


Lifetime Warranty

We’re so confident your Sunset Pergola will look beautiful for decades that we have no hesitation backing it with a limited lifetime warranty. Click here to read through the warranty information.

Easy Assembly: DIY or Installed For You

Assembly VideosAssembling a Sunset Pergola is quite simple and straightforward. Even novices with little to no construction experience can bang it out in a day or two. You don’t need any specialized tools, either. We provide fully-illustrated installation instructions, several demo videos (for the more complicated steps) and will even provide live help via FaceTime or Skype for free (if needed).

Or you can hire an installer near you to assemble and install your pergola for you. Check out this list of installers throughout the country who have 1) completed our installation training course, 2) passed a test we administer, and 3) already installed our pergolas multiple times (in most cases).

Click here for more details and FAQs about assembling your Sunset Pergola.

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Attached Pergola Picture Gallery

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Picture of a white attached traditional pergola with 4 round posts and angled corners covering the patio just off a house with many windows

View from underneath a white traditional pergola covering a wooden deck with a nice railing around it and patio furniture in view

Picture of a tan attached traditional pergola covering a patio table and chairs behind a tan home

Picture of a white pergola with no overhangs and flat end caps covering part of a deck, with overlaid text Traditional Configured to Look Modern

Learn how to make a traditional pergola look more modern (like in the picture above).

Picture of a white traditional attached pergola with a unique rounded rafter look that makes the pergola appear to be somewhat round rather than rectangular, attached to the back of a house

Picture of a white traditional pergola with overhangs providing lots of shade for a two-part deck with railings behind a house

Picture of a traditional pergola that has been painted brown attached to a cottage and covering a deck, with overlaid text Painted Brown - Aluminum Frame with Vinyl Exterior, Painted Brown

Picture of a wide white traditional pergola attached to the back of a white house and covering a raised deck

Night view from underneath a pergola with patio chairs surrounding a gas fireplace providing light

Picture of a tan traditional attached pergola covering a deck that is on the upper level of a tan home

Picture showing the underside of a white traditional pergola with no overhangs and flat end caps, with overlaid text Traditional Configured to Look Modern - Flat End Caps, No Overhangs

Learn how to make a traditional pergola look more modern (like in the picture above).

View from underneath a white pergola that is attached to a white home showing how much shade is created by the pergola

Picture of the back of a brownish-red home with two attached pergolas, one covering the deck on the upper level and one providing shade on the ground below

Close-up picture of a white traditional attached pergola with corner posts resting on stone corner pillars covering the back patio of a home

Picture of a white 3-post attached pergola with overhangs covering the dark brown deck behind a tan home

Picture of a contemporary-looking grey home with 2 white attached pergolas covering the upper-level deck

Picture of a modest home with a 3-post attached white traditional pergola providing shade for the back patio including a table and 4 patio chairs

End view of an attached white traditional pergola covering the deck on the back of a white home

Picture of a 3-post white pergola with overhangs covering an unfinished deck on the back of a blue house

Picture from beneath a white traditional pergola covering a deck looking out on a beautiful river and green trees

Picture of a unique tan backyard pergola with 4 posts in the shape of a half octagon covering a patio

Picture of a white pergola attached to a white home on 3 sides near a beautiful stone firepit and circular planter area

Picture of a traditional white pergola with overhangs covering a slightly raised back patio of a white home with outdoor furniture in the pergola's shade

Overhead schematic of an attached traditional pergola showing that the pergola attaches to the home on the width side, with overlaid text Attaches to your home on one side, 2 posts on the other side

Side view of a pergola schematic showing that posts hold up the beams, which hold up the rafters, which hold up the purlin holders, which house the purlins, with a ledger plate used to attach the pergola to the home

Close-up schematic of the corner of an attached pergola, showing that posts hold up the beams, which hold up the rafters, which hold up the purlin holders, which house the shade purlins, with a ledger plate used to attach the pergola to the home

Schematic showing attachment method 1 which illustrates that the pergola can be attached to the home below the roof soffit and secured to the outer wall of a home with a ledger plate

Schematic showing attachment method 2 which illustrates that the rafters of the pergola can be attached to the home on the roof fascia using a ledger plate between the fascia and the rafter

Photograph illustrating attachment method 1 where the rafters of the pergola attach to the home just below the roof soffit via a ledger plate and the purlin holders sit atop the rafters

Close-up photograph of a pergola attached to a home just above a sliding door with the rafters attaching to a ledger plate which is secured to the outer wall of the home

Where To Next?

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Freestanding Pergola Picture Gallery

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Picture of a free-standing white pergola with overhangs covering patio furniture next to a tall brick fireplace and a swimming pool

Nighttime view from underneath a pergola with a gas fireplace burning and providing light for the patio and anyone sitting on the patio furniture

Picture of a tan free-standing traditional pergola at the edge of a cement pad surrounded by several flowers and potted plants

View from underneath a white traditional pergola with 3 outdoor patio couches and a swimming pool and home in the background

Picture of a white pergola with no overhangs and flat end caps covering part of a deck, with overlaid text Traditional Configured to Look Modern

Learn how to make a traditional pergola look more modern (like in the picture above).

Picture of a 4-post tan stand-alone pergola next to a swimming pool or hot tub

Picture of a stand-alone white traditional pergola with 4 posts covering a dark brown raised deck with trees and a house in the background

Picture of a traditional white pergola right up against a house but not attached to the house, covering a raised deck with patio furniture

Picture of an attached traditional pergola with 2 posts that has been painted brown to match the house next to it, with overlaid text Painted Brown - Aluminum Frame with Vinyl Exterior, Painted Brown

Picture of 2 side-by-side white freestanding pergolas providing shade and elegance to the entrance of a new home with a stone exterior

Picture of a 4-post stand-alone traditional pergola with round columns sitting atop stone pillars covering a patio with patio furniture

Picture of a 6-post tan freestanding pergola with traditional overhangs providing shade for a cement pad next to a brown building

Picture of a 4-post traditional white pergola with overhangs on a hillside with a patio and a stone retaining wall and stone half-height pillars

Picture of a 6-post pergola right up against the back side of a house, with the 4 outside pillars sitting atop stone pillars

View from underneath a white traditional pergola with flat end caps and no overhangs, with overlaid text Traditional Configured to Look Modern - Flat End Caps, No Overhangs

Learn how to make a traditional pergola look more modern (like in the picture above).

Picture of a white 4-post traditional pergola with overhangs covering the back patio and half of the stairs going down to the ground, with a friendly dog standing on the patio

Picture of a 4-post white traditional pergola just off the corner of a swimming pool with trees and grassy fields in the background

Picture of a white 4-post traditional pergola with flat end caps but with overhangs providing shade for a Trex split-height patio with lots of green trees in the background

Picture of a white 4-post freestanding pergola right up against a tan stucco and red brick house with a dog walking on the patio beneath the pergola

Picture of a white 4-post rectangle pergola with a stone fireplace and trees behind the pergola and a swimming pool in front of it

Picture of a white 4-post traditional pergola in the foreground with a large 8-post traditional pergola up against a red brick house in the background

Picture of a 4-post white traditional pergola with overhangs in a garden with a lot of trees, the 2 front posts resting upon stone pillars and the 2 back posts going all the way to the ground

Picture of a sandstone tan 4-post freestanding pergola next to a house and pool covering an outdoor kitchen with a grill

Picture of 2 side-by-side pergolas providing shade for a large L-shaped cement patio area behind a large 2-story stone house

Picture of a white 6-post stand-alone pergola near the entrance of a commercial building providing shade for a large cement patio area

Side view of a pergola schematic showing that posts in the 4 corners hold up the beams, which hold up the rafters, which hold up the purlin holders, which house the shade purlins

Close-up schematic of the corner of a free-standing pergola, showing that posts hold up the beams, which hold up the rafters, which hold up the purlin holders, which house the shade purlins, also showing that the purlins run along the width side of the pergola

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  • Sunset Pergola Kits offer the unbeatable combination of...

    1. High Strength - All structural components have a heavy-duty (and we mean heavy-duty) aluminum frame. The aluminum frame inside the posts (columns) is .150 gauge aluminum, while the beams and rafters have either .060 gauge aluminum (2x6s) or .080 gauge aluminum (2x8s).

    2. Low Maintenance - The exterior of every piece is made of premium extruded vinyl that is as beautiful as it is durable. Anyone who has ever had both a vinyl fence and a wooden fence knows how much easier it is to clean and maintain vinyl. Our pergolas are virtually maintenance-free and are guaranteed to never chalk, pit, discolor or become brittle.

    3. Real Shade - Our pergolas aren't there just to look pretty; they're there to offer REAL shade (as you can see in this picture). Other pergolas might as well come with a bottle of sunscreen, while Sunset Pergolas are essentially lower-cost patio covers.

    We know our pergolas aren't the cheapest pergolas on the market, and we're okay with that (even proud of that). Sunset Pergola Kits are made to last a lifetime. If you're looking for a low-cost pergola that will look nice for a couple years before it starts bowing, sagging, discoloring and falling apart, you're in the wrong place (though we'll gladly welcome you back in 2-3 years when you're ready to replace the economy/value pergola you made the mistake of getting). It's very telling that almost 50% of the pergolas we sell are to people replacing a low-cost pergola (as opposed to people buying a pergola for the first time).

    Sunset Pergolas are commercial grade... premium all the way and protected by a lifetime warranty. All men and women are created equal... but the same cannot be said of vinyl or aluminum. Just because a pergola has a vinyl exterior doesn't mean it's high-quality vinyl that won't chalk, pit, discolor or chip. Just because a pergola has an aluminum frame doesn't mean it's made of high-gauge aluminum that will hold up to extreme winds, extreme heat, extreme cold and other extreme weather conditions.

    If you're going to invest in a pergola, don't go half-way. Spend a little more and get a Sunset Pergola that will not only last a lifetime but will also stay beautiful for a lifetime. Click here to see real reviews from real customers, and watch the short video below to see what sets Sunset Pergola Kits apart.

  • Please read through this guide about measuring your space and factors to consider when ordering your pergola kit.

  • Our posts (columns) are 10 feet tall, which is ideal for most customers.

    If you need/want the pergola to be shorter (which is sometimes the case for attached pergolas because of where the pergola needs to attach to your home), the posts can easily be trimmed down to a shorter height.

    If you need/want taller posts, you have a couple options:

    Option #1 (preferred) - Add risers or pillars to the base so that the posts themselves are only 10’ tall. If the risers are fairly short (12” tall or less), a 12” square riser should be fine. But if the risers are taller than that (2-4 feet tall), we’d recommend the risers be bigger (like 18” square). Here are links to a few images: Image 1, Image 2, Image 3, Image 4, Image 5 and Image 6.

    Option #2 - For $300 more (for 5" posts) or $400 more (for 7" posts), we can make the posts up to 4 feet longer (up to 14 feet tall). However, since we did all of our engineer testing and certification done using our standard 10' tall posts, we cannot warrant pergolas that have posts taller than 10' tall. This doesn't mean the pergola won't be structurally strong. Over the years, we’ve had several dozen customers go over 10’ tall on the posts (some as tall as 13-14 feet), and they haven’t had any problems. But it’s an infrequent enough occurrence that it hasn’t made sense for us to do the official engineer testing to get them certified, and therefore we won’t warrant them.

  • Extremely well! In fact, we are so confident your pergola will stand up against heavy winds that, with the hurricane brackets (an optional add-on when you purchase your pergola), we offer a lifetime warranty against any damage caused by wind. If the pergola is correctly installed (with hurricane brackets) and suffers any kind of damage due to heavy winds, we will replace the damaged components and ship them to you free of charge. Click here for more details about our limited lifetime warranty.

  • Absolutely. Our kits have been put through FEA testing performed by an independent structural engineering firm. The results helped us to design our pergolas to withstand high wind speeds. We are so confident in the structural soundness of our pergolas that we provide a warranty against wind damage when correctly installed using hurricane brackets. You can read more about our wind warranty here.

  • Very well! Our pergolas have an internal heavy-duty aluminum frame. This means they won’t sag, bend, break or rust in extreme weather. The premium extruded vinyl exterior is thick and durable enough that you don’t have to worry about it deforming in heat or cracking in the cold. We guarantee it!

  • Sure, we encourage it! Adding a fan to keep air moving on a hot day is the perfect way to get even more enjoyment in your outside space. Lights and speakers are also a great addition. The best part is that because all of the structural components have a hollow core, it’s easy to chase wires and add boxes and switches to your pergola.

  • There are 3 ways for attaching one of our Attached Pergolas to your home, as discussed and illustrated in this article.

  • It's not uncommon for homes to have either a square (right-angle) "bump-out" OR a 45-degree-angled "bump-out" on the side of the home where the pergola needs to be attached. This isn't a problem at all. See this page for information (and accompanying illustrations) about how this is handled.

  • Beam attachment brackets are not necessary, nor do they add any structural strength to the pergola. They just simplify and expedite the installation step of attaching the beams to the posts (which is one of the more difficult assembly steps). If you're planning to have a contractor install the pergola for you OR if you have pretty good carpentry/assembly skills, you shouldn't need Beam Attachment Brackets. However, if you're quite inexperienced and consider yourself a novice, we'd recommend adding Beam Attachment Brackets.

  • We don't offer fully covered pergolas with 100% shade. However, the 90% shade option we offer honestly provides 100% shade the vast majority of the day. Light only gets through when the sun is directly overhead (or very close to it). In the afternoon or evening (which is when most people use their pergolas), the shade purlins block the sun completely and provide 100% shade. Here's a picture of a pergola that has 90% shade on the left half of the pergola and 75% shade on the right half.

    Our 90% shade option is perfect because it provides complete shade for almost the entire day, but it also allows rain/snow to get through, preventing drainage issues and snow pileup.

  • While our website only shows 50%, 75% and 90% shade options, you can technically get ANY percentage you'd like. The higher the shade percentage, the closer the shade purlins will be (i.e. for 90% shade, the purlins have 3" on-center spacing, while 75% shade has 4" on-center spacing). If you'd like a different percentage of shade coverage (i.e. 20%, 30%, 40%, 60%, 80%, etc.), please contact us to discuss.

  • Hurricane brackets add structural strength to the pergola to prevent wind damage. And more importantly, they add a lifetime wind warranty to your pergola. We highly recommend adding hurricane brackets to your pergola if you live in an area that sometimes gets winds in excess of 70-80 MPH.

    Hurricane brackets are placed at the intersection of each beam (running the width of the pergola) and rafter (running the depth of the pergola). For a 6-rafter freestanding pergola (which has 4 beams), your kit will include 24 hurricane brackets (6x4). For a 6-rafter atached pergola (which has 2 beams), your kit will include 12 hurricane brackets (6x2).

    The hurricane brackets are visible on the pergola, but they're very discreet and look nice. White pergolas have white hurricane brackets (as shown in this picture), while tan pergolas have tan-colored hurricane brackets.

  • The aluminum frame inside the posts (columns) is extremely heavy-duty .150 gauge aluminum.

    2" x 6" beams and rafters (which are standard for pergolas up to 18' width or depth) have .060 gauge aluminum. Upgraded 2" x 8" beams and rafters (for larger pergolas) have .080 gauge aluminum.

  • Our pergolas are designed to offer maximum flexibility. While the CAD drawings of our traditional pergolas assume a 12-inch overhang for beams and rafters, you do NOT need to install them that way. The overhang can be as little as 0 inches (i.e. no overhang at all) or as much as 36 inches, or anything in between. Here is a picture that illustrates these options.

  • A lot of our customers are torn between the lower cost of a traditional pergola and the more contemporary look (but higher cost) of a modern pergola.

    Depending on the size, traditional pergolas typically cost 20-40% LESS than modern pergolas with the same dimensions. When you're talking about a several-thousand-dollar purchase, that's A LOT of savings on our traditional pergolas!

    A really attractive option is our "hybrid" pergola design. It's actually just a traditional pergola (so you get the cost savings), but it's customized and installed in a way that makes it look very similar to our modern pergolas (no overhangs, and clean squared-off corners). Here's what it looks like from underneath and from the outside.

    Check out this page for more information on our "hybrid" pergola design and how to order it.

  • We have multiple sales throughout the year associated with various holidays, seasons and events. The deepest discount we offer in ANY sale event is $1,000 off + half-off shipping ($499 instead of the regular $999).

  • It honestly isn't very difficult at all. Our pergola kits were specifically designed as Do It Yourself (DIY) kits. There aren't any "moving parts" and it's pretty obvious how everything fits together (even if you didn’t have fully illustrated step-by-step instructions or demo videos like you will have). Even a novice in basic construction can assemble our pergola kits without much trouble at all. But here’s the best part... if you have any questions on a certain step, you can talk directly with our trained staff via FaceTime or Skype (free of charge).

Visit our FAQs Page for additional Q&As.

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Where To Next?

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  • Sunset Pergola Kits offer the unbeatable combination of...

    1. High Strength - All structural components have a heavy-duty (and we mean heavy-duty) aluminum frame. The aluminum frame inside the posts (columns) is .150 gauge aluminum, while the beams and rafters have either .060 gauge aluminum (2x6s) or .080 gauge aluminum (2x8s).

    2. Low Maintenance - The exterior of every piece is made of premium extruded vinyl that is as beautiful as it is durable. Anyone who has ever had both a vinyl fence and a wooden fence knows how much easier it is to clean and maintain vinyl. Our pergolas are virtually maintenance-free and are guaranteed to never chalk, pit, discolor or become brittle.

    3. Real Shade - Our pergolas aren't there just to look pretty; they're there to offer REAL shade (as you can see in this picture). Other pergolas might as well come with a bottle of sunscreen, while Sunset Pergolas are essentially lower-cost patio covers.

    We know our pergolas aren't the cheapest pergolas on the market, and we're okay with that (even proud of that). Sunset Pergola Kits are made to last a lifetime. If you're looking for a low-cost pergola that will look nice for a couple years before it starts bowing, sagging, discoloring and falling apart, you're in the wrong place (though we'll gladly welcome you back in 2-3 years when you're ready to replace the economy/value pergola you made the mistake of getting). It's very telling that almost 50% of the pergolas we sell are to people replacing a low-cost pergola (as opposed to people buying a pergola for the first time).

    Sunset Pergolas are commercial grade... premium all the way and protected by a lifetime warranty. All men and women are created equal... but the same cannot be said of vinyl or aluminum. Just because a pergola has a vinyl exterior doesn't mean it's high-quality vinyl that won't chalk, pit, discolor or chip. Just because a pergola has an aluminum frame doesn't mean it's made of high-gauge aluminum that will hold up to extreme winds, extreme heat, extreme cold and other extreme weather conditions.

    If you're going to invest in a pergola, don't go half-way. Spend a little more and get a Sunset Pergola that will not only last a lifetime but will also stay beautiful for a lifetime. Click here to see real reviews from real customers, and watch the short video below to see what sets Sunset Pergola Kits apart.

  • Please read through this guide about measuring your space and factors to consider when ordering your pergola kit.

  • Our posts (columns) are 10 feet tall, which is ideal for most customers.

    If you need/want the pergola to be shorter (which is sometimes the case for attached pergolas because of where the pergola needs to attach to your home), the posts can easily be trimmed down to a shorter height.

    If you need/want taller posts, you have a couple options:

    Option #1 (preferred) - Add risers or pillars to the base so that the posts themselves are only 10’ tall. If the risers are fairly short (12” tall or less), a 12” square riser should be fine. But if the risers are taller than that (2-4 feet tall), we’d recommend the risers be bigger (like 18” square). Here are links to a few images: Image 1, Image 2, Image 3, Image 4, Image 5 and Image 6.

    Option #2 - For $300 more (for 5" posts) or $400 more (for 7" posts), we can make the posts up to 4 feet longer (up to 14 feet tall). However, since we did all of our engineer testing and certification done using our standard 10' tall posts, we cannot warrant pergolas that have posts taller than 10' tall. This doesn't mean the pergola won't be structurally strong. Over the years, we’ve had several dozen customers go over 10’ tall on the posts (some as tall as 13-14 feet), and they haven’t had any problems. But it’s an infrequent enough occurrence that it hasn’t made sense for us to do the official engineer testing to get them certified, and therefore we won’t warrant them.

  • Extremely well! In fact, we are so confident your pergola will stand up against heavy winds that, with the hurricane brackets (an optional add-on when you purchase your pergola), we offer a lifetime warranty against any damage caused by wind. If the pergola is correctly installed (with hurricane brackets) and suffers any kind of damage due to heavy winds, we will replace the damaged components and ship them to you free of charge. Click here for more details about our limited lifetime warranty.

  • Absolutely. Our kits have been put through FEA testing performed by an independent structural engineering firm. The results helped us to design our pergolas to withstand high wind speeds. We are so confident in the structural soundness of our pergolas that we provide a warranty against wind damage when correctly installed using hurricane brackets. You can read more about our wind warranty here.

  • Very well! Our pergolas have an internal heavy-duty aluminum frame. This means they won’t sag, bend, break or rust in extreme weather. The premium extruded vinyl exterior is thick and durable enough that you don’t have to worry about it deforming in heat or cracking in the cold. We guarantee it!

  • Sure, we encourage it! Adding a fan to keep air moving on a hot day is the perfect way to get even more enjoyment in your outside space. Lights and speakers are also a great addition. The best part is that because all of the structural components have a hollow core, it’s easy to chase wires and add boxes and switches to your pergola.

  • Beam attachment brackets are not necessary, nor do they add any structural strength to the pergola. They just simplify and expedite the installation step of attaching the beams to the posts (which is one of the more difficult assembly steps). If you're planning to have a contractor install the pergola for you OR if you have pretty good carpentry/assembly skills, you shouldn't need Beam Attachment Brackets. However, if you're quite inexperienced and consider yourself a novice, we'd recommend adding Beam Attachment Brackets.

  • We don't offer fully covered pergolas with 100% shade. However, the 90% shade option we offer honestly provides 100% shade the vast majority of the day. Light only gets through when the sun is directly overhead (or very close to it). In the afternoon or evening (which is when most people use their pergolas), the shade purlins block the sun completely and provide 100% shade. Here's a picture of a pergola that has 90% shade on the left half of the pergola and 75% shade on the right half.

    Our 90% shade option is perfect because it provides complete shade for almost the entire day, but it also allows rain/snow to get through, preventing drainage issues and snow pileup.

  • While our website only shows 50%, 75% and 90% shade options, you can technically get ANY percentage you'd like. The higher the shade percentage, the closer the shade purlins will be (i.e. for 90% shade, the purlins have 3" on-center spacing, while 75% shade has 4" on-center spacing). If you'd like a different percentage of shade coverage (i.e. 20%, 30%, 40%, 60%, 80%, etc.), please contact us to discuss.

  • Hurricane brackets add structural strength to the pergola to prevent wind damage. And more importantly, they add a lifetime wind warranty to your pergola. We highly recommend adding hurricane brackets to your pergola if you live in an area that sometimes gets winds in excess of 70-80 MPH.

    Hurricane brackets are placed at the intersection of each beam (running the width of the pergola) and rafter (running the depth of the pergola). For a 6-rafter freestanding pergola (which has 4 beams), your kit will include 24 hurricane brackets (6x4). For a 6-rafter atached pergola (which has 2 beams), your kit will include 12 hurricane brackets (6x2).

    The hurricane brackets are visible on the pergola, but they're very discreet and look nice. White pergolas have white hurricane brackets (as shown in this picture), while tan pergolas have tan-colored hurricane brackets.

  • The aluminum frame inside the posts (columns) is extremely heavy-duty .150 gauge aluminum.

    2" x 6" beams and rafters (which are standard for pergolas up to 18' width or depth) have .060 gauge aluminum. Upgraded 2" x 8" beams and rafters (for larger pergolas) have .080 gauge aluminum.

  • Our pergolas are designed to offer maximum flexibility. While the CAD drawings of our traditional pergolas assume a 12-inch overhang for beams and rafters, you do NOT need to install them that way. The overhang can be as little as 0 inches (i.e. no overhang at all) or as much as 36 inches, or anything in between. Here is a picture that illustrates these options.

  • A lot of our customers are torn between the lower cost of a traditional pergola and the more contemporary look (but higher cost) of a modern pergola.

    Depending on the size, traditional pergolas typically cost 20-40% LESS than modern pergolas with the same dimensions. When you're talking about a several-thousand-dollar purchase, that's A LOT of savings on our traditional pergolas!

    A really attractive option is our "hybrid" pergola design. It's actually just a traditional pergola (so you get the cost savings), but it's customized and installed in a way that makes it look very similar to our modern pergolas (no overhangs, and clean squared-off corners). Here's what it looks like from underneath and from the outside.

    Check out this page for more information on our "hybrid" pergola design and how to order it.

  • We have multiple sales throughout the year associated with various holidays, seasons and events. The deepest discount we offer in ANY sale event is $1,000 off + half-off shipping ($499 instead of the regular $999).

  • It honestly isn't very difficult at all. Our pergola kits were specifically designed as Do It Yourself (DIY) kits. There aren't any "moving parts" and it's pretty obvious how everything fits together (even if you didn’t have fully illustrated step-by-step instructions or demo videos like you will have). Even a novice in basic construction can assemble our pergola kits without much trouble at all. But here’s the best part... if you have any questions on a certain step, you can talk directly with our trained staff via FaceTime or Skype (free of charge).

Visit our FAQs Page for additional Q&As.

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Where To Next?

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Shipping & Delivery Information

Shipping is $999 for all shipments within mainland USA, although we sometimes run sales that discount shipping to $799, $699 or even $499. (We do not ship to Alaska, Hawaii or outside the USA at this time.)

Shipping times vary a bit based on which pergola kit you order and where you are located. That said, we make every effort to have your pergola kit arrive at your home within 2-3 weeks of your order date. We will stay in close contact with you to make sure you are aware of when your pergola kit should arrive. We will email you as soon as your order has shipped and tracking information is available. We will also notify you via email if there are any processing or shipping delays.

IMPORTANT: Because of the size and value of the pergola, you are required to be present to receive the shipment. You will be contacted by the contracted freight company to schedule your delivery.

When the delivery truck arrives, you will need to unload the pergola kit by hand (unless you have access to a forklift). This should take no more than ~15 minutes. While a single person who can lift up to 80 pounds could unload the truck on their own, we recommend having a helper. (Please note that the driver of the truck is not required to help, although they sometimes will.)

You should verify each component against the packing list and note any missing or damaged items on your packing slip before signing. If any item is missing or damaged (which is extremely rare), we will quickly replace it at no cost to you.

The following 1:17 video shows how easy it is to unload your pergola kit from the truck. (Click the 'CC' icon to activate captions/subtitles.)

Click here if you still have any questions about shipping and unloading.

Returns & Refunds

Your satisfaction is our top priority. Our pergolas are made with the finest quality materials so we rarely have any problems. But if your pergola (or any component of it) is damaged or defective in any way, we will happily replace it at no cost to you.

Because our pergola kits are custom made to order, we do not accept returns. We recommend doing a detailed assessment of your site, climate, and installation needs before you make your purchase from us. Click here for more information.

Where To Next?

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Assembly Information

You have two options for assembling your pergola...

  1. Assemble it yourself as a rewarding DIY weekend project (see info below), or
  2. Hire a local installer to assemble and install it for you.

Assembling the Pergola Yourself

Assembling a Sunset pergola is quite easy, even for novices. What's more, you won't need any specialized tools or machinery to assemble your pergola. If you (with the help of a friend) can lift up to 80 pounds and can use a tape measure, level, drill and circular saw, you're ready for a rewarding do-it-yourself weekend project.

We provide the following resources to make assembly as easy as possible:

  • A fully illustrated installation guide (written in very clear, easy-to-understand language)
  • A 12-part video series demonstrating the more difficult steps in the assembly process
  • FREE live assistance via FaceTime or Skype if needed

Here's what you'll need to install your Sunset pergola:

  • A helper - Some pieces are too long and bulky for one person to handle alone. Installing a pergola is a 2-person job.
  • 1-2 days - Depending on the skill level of you and your helper, you should be able to fully install this pergola in 1-2 days. (If you choose to hire a local installer, they should be able to bang it out in just 1 day.)
  • A few common tools - You'll need a level, a measuring tape, a ladder, a drill with a 6" extension (and common drill bits & drivers), and a circular or miter saw. If you don't have one of these tools, you can likely borrow it from a friend/neighbor or (if you have to) rent it from a local home improvement or hardware store.

Click here for more information about assembly and to read assembly FAQs.

Hiring a Local Installer

We have a list of installers throughout the country who would be happy to install your pergola for you. These installers have 1) completed our installation training course, 2) passed a test we administer, and 3) already installed our pergolas multiple times (in most cases).

Where To Next?

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Customer Reviews

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Michael S.
16 x 12

Looks great - quality is great very happy with results.

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Patricia L.

Still in garage. Installers c9ming next week.

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Alan J.
Eyebrow Pergola Kit Over the Garage.

I received the pergola kit and installed it myself. The instillation was rather easy and went well. Here are some recommendations I think would improve the
instillation process:
Add more written instructions and more detailed Cad drawings. I was not aware there a was finished and plain side of the backer board. I was half way through the instillation process when i discovered the protective film on the finished side.
Add a completed view of the pergola.
Lengths of the Eyebrow Pergola should include an 18ft one which would be perfect for a double car garage.

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JACK K.
OUR NEW ADDITION

WE ARE VERY HAPPY WITH OUR PERGOLA WITH THE 90% SHADE COVERAGE. OUR INSTALLER, MIKE FENWICK...( D.B.A. ON CALL HANDYMAN ), DID A GREAT JOB WITH PRECISION CRAFTSMANSHIP!!! LOOKS BEAUTIFUL!!!

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David
Sunset Free Standing Pergola

The shipping was perfect. Everything arrived complete and undamaged. The materials were of high quality. My project turned out perfectly.

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Mike N.
Purchased and received but not installed

I have not had the Pergola installed Unfortunately up to this point, we’re anxious to get it done and I’m sure it will look beautiful just like the eyebrow pergola kit we bought for our garage door a few months back. Again, we’re just waiting on the contractor, ugh

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Ronnie C.

Business Cards - Personalized - 2-Sided & Full Color

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Dan B.

Could have not asked for a better pergola. Went together very easy due to excellent instructions and videos. You can buy a cheaper pergola, but you will not buy one that is better designed or constructed. Very happy. Thanks

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Tai P.

Delivery was late five days but they made it up with forklift on delivery to lower parcel into driveway. All material was great. Cut, form, and function worked as expected. Overall this is a great product and I highly recommend it.

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Scott B.
SC Pergola

Looks fantastic! I would have a professional do the installation.