When you envision what the perfect backyard looks like, your mind likely pictures a relaxing oasis that you can retreat to after a long day – or a space where you can host gatherings and entertain guests. When it comes to all the outdoor living essentials, in addition to covered patios, pergolas are one of the most sought-after additions to a patio space. Of course, homeowners planning patio design want to watch their budget, therefore, they will look for cheaper, budget-friendly options to enhance their backyard. Pre-manufactured pergola kits, while the price may be attractive, come with a lot of downsides.

At Compass Outdoor Design, we specialize in designing and building outdoor pergolas and covered patios. Our team of pergola contractors have seen – and replaced – cheap pergolas. Before purchasing a pergola kit, homeowners should be wary of the disadvantages they come with.

Shorter Lifespan

Pre-manufactured pergola kits are often built with cheap lumber or metal — both of which take a beating from the Texas weather and elements. Cheap wood pergolas will often begin rotting after spending a few years outside and structures made with metal materials can begin rusting even sooner. As mentioned, the low upfront price of a pergola kit is appealing, but it won’t be so appealing when you have to replace it only a few years later. 

At Compass Outdoor Design, we only use high-quality materials for the structures that we design and build. This means that they will have a longer lifespan, much longer than cheap pergola kits would last for that matter. 

May Not Be The Right Size

Pre-manufactured pergolas aren’t very big. Depending on how much available space you have in your backyard, the structure you get with a pergola may not be appropriately sized for your specific needs. While smaller pergolas are great for some designs, most people want a larger structure that can accommodate a seating area and multiple guests. If you insist on buying a cheaper pergola, you will likely end up with a piece too small for your needs. 

Cookie-Cutter Design

When it comes to cheap pergola kits, you get what you see. They follow a cookie-cutter design that the house down the road might have. The ideal pergola should fit with the rest of your landscape design and should be tailored to your individual needs. For instance, if you want a pergola with built-in lighting or a canopy, your options are very limited with cheap options. 

At Compass Outdoor Design, you won’t get a cookie-cutter design when you hire our talented patio contractors to design and build a pergola backyard. Our team takes the time to look at your backyard space and come up with a structure that is the right size, built with the right materials, and designed to meet your wants and needs. 

Let Our Team Design a Backyard Pergola of Your Dreams

If you have been thinking about adding a pergola to your backyard, don’t fall victim to the cheap, pergola kits sold at your local hardware stores. Instead, get a quality, custom pergola designed by the experienced team at Compass Outdoor Design. To receive a free estimate for your patio design project, contact us today!