How Much Does A Pergola Cost?

Depending on the quality of the pergola will affect how much it costs. A lower end 10×10 pergola could cost you anywhere from $500 to $1,500. A high-end pergola that is the same size would cost you anywhere from $3,500 to $10,000!

There are many options to figure when determining how much a pergola costs; the first is the size. You can evaluate the pergola size you need by measuring your backyard and finding out which size would best fit your yard or deck if you are thinking of attaching it there.

Cost of Pergola Depending on Size

There are many sizes available for a pergola. The sizes range from a small 8×8 to an enormous 20×40! But exactly how much does it cost for a particular size? For simplicity, we will be using the traditional pergolas as an example of finding the cost of a pergola. Now let’s dig in a bit more to see those numbers!

10x10 pergola cost

How much does it cost to build a 10×10 pergola?

The price for a 10×10 pergola could fluctuate depending on the materials as well. A standard 10×10 wooden pergola starts at $3,360, whereas a 10×10 vinyl pergola would cost you $4,610. Adding additional options to your pergola like a privacy wall and a lattice roof will increase the price slightly. That being said, a high end 10×10 pergola will cost you between $3,000 to $5,000.

How much does it cost to build a 12×12 pergola?

Building a 12×12 pergola does not cost much more than the 10×10. The 44 sq ft. difference adds a bit more room for plants and other items that would enhance your relaxation. It costs $3,780 to build a 12×12 wooden pergola and about $5,270 for a vinyl one. So for a high-end 12×12 pergola, you are looking at around $3,500 to $5,500.

Does the Material Affect the Cost of A Pergola?

Yes. Selecting a particular material can change the pergolas cost, even if it is the same size. Typically, wood is cheaper than vinyl, which is why the vinyl pergolas cost a bit more than wooden pergolas… but how much more?

cedar pergola cost

How much does it cost to build a Cedar Pergola?

A high-end cedar pergola could cost anywhere from $10,000 to $35,000, depending on the size! This is because of the quality the cedar provides and the durability of this material over time.

Cedar is considered a “softwood,” but don’t let that fool you as this material is stronger and more durable than the standard wood. Cedar wood can typically last more than 20 years without splitting, rotting, or warping! Let’s take a closer look at the cost of a cedar pergola with different sizes.

Cedar Pergola Cost

Size: 10×10
Number of posts: 4
Starting cost: $10,670

Size: 12×12
Number of posts: 4
Starting cost: $12,370

Size: 14×14
Number of posts: 4
Starting cost: $14,260

Size: 16×16
Number of posts: 4
Starting cost: $16,400

How much does it cost to build a Vinyl Pergola?

Depending on the vinyl pergola style, a high-end vinyl pergola can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $15,000. 

Vinyl is a very delicate material and is associated with class and modernness. Vinyl is an excellent material to have on your pergola because of the aesthetics it can bring to your backyard. Let’s dive a bit deeper into the costs of vinyl pergolas, depending on their size.

Vinyl Pergola Costs

Size: 8×8
Number of posts: 4
Starting cost: $5,250

Size: 10×10
Number of posts: 4
Starting cost: $5,730

Size: 12×12
Number of posts: 4
Starting cost: $6,640

Size: 14×14
Number of posts: 4
Starting cost: $7,460

Size: 16×16
Number of posts: 4
Starting cost: $8,310

Is it Cheaper to Build A Pergola Yourself?

cost to build pergola yourself

Yes… but almost everything you build for yourself will be cheaper than buying it from someplace. When purchasing a pergola from a builder or manufacturer instead of building it yourself, you are also paying for the quality materials used to craft the pergola and the time invested into constructing the pergola. However, how much different would the cost be if you built the pergola yourself compared to purchasing one from a manufacturer or dealer?

How much does it cost to build a pergola yourself?

Building a pergola yourself will be more cost-effective than buying one because you only have to pay for materials and not labor. The national average cost to build a 10 ft. traditional wooden pergola yourself is about $3,500; however, it varies depending on the project and the location.

How much does it cost to have a pergola built?

The starting costs to having a high-end pergola built is around $3,500 as well. However, you do need to factor in options, the painting which could cost you an upcharge of almost 7%. You also need to factor in delivery and installation. Delivery and installation vary depending on how far the crew needs to drive to deliver and the time taken to put the pergola in place.

What other costs are associated with a Pergola?

how much does a pergola cost with electrical

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Once you have the full structure priced out, it is time to look at the pergola’s final costs. The interior and exterior options. These options will add convenience to your relaxation and add a touch of beauty to your already free-standing pergola, but what are those options?

1. Electrical options

Once your pergola is set up, you will want to add electrical, so you can connect your speaker and play your favorite tunes under the shaded pergola. This would require an electrical connection. A high-quality electrical package kit that contains one switch, one ceiling pigtail, and one receptacle will cost you $310. If you would like the electricity installed for you, it would be an additional $310. Each receptacle kit after that will be an additional $105.

2. Curtains & Canopies

Depending on the size of your pergola, the curtains and canopies cost will differentiate. A larger pergola will require a larger curtain and canopy and therefore cost a bit more. An 8′ wooden pergola curtain will cost you someplace around $1,600, depending on your chosen color options. An 8′ vinyl pergola curtain will cost you an extra $100.


An 8×8 pergola canopy starts at $1,640 for most of the styles, and the vinyl 8×8 pergola canopy begins at $1,810. There are many different factors to consider when determining the pergola curtain or canopy cost, including the size of the pergola, the color scheme, and more. If you would like a custom quote on a new curtain or canopy for your current or new pergola, please contact us today!

how much does an attached pergola cost

3. Attached or Detached

Another cost to consider is whether the pergola will be attached to your home or another building or detached. Depending on the pergola size, there will be several posts that are required to support the pergola. A sizeable 12×20 pergola will require six posts, whereas a 12×12 will only need four. This is important when calculating the costs of attaching the pergola to your house. 

You will receive an additional charge for attaching the pergola to your home; however, you could also get a rebate from the eliminated posts due to the pergola’s attachment. Each eliminated post returns you about $290, and the installation charge for attaching the pergola to your house is $770. This means that if you eliminate two posts due to attaching the pergola to your home, it will almost cover the entire attachment installation cost!

Get Started on Your New Pergola Today

Now that you know the costs associated with purchasing a pergola, it is time to look into purchasing one. Whether you have a budget established already or you just needed an idea of the cost of a pergola, we are here to help. Check out our selection of pergolas and find your next outdoor living space today. 


At Hometown Structures, we want to help you find your next relaxation space. Please request a free quote online or visualize your new pergola in 3D using our handy 3D Pergola Designer! For any other questions, please contact our sales team at (413) 562-7171.