Perfect Pergola

Dress up your patio and shade your family gatherings at the same time.

What You Need:

aluminum pergola over patio This pergola uses foam-filled
aluminum framing.

  • Stud finder
  • Pencil
  • Circular saw or power miter saw (with carbide-tooth blade)
  • 2x4s for temporary braces
  • Tape measure
  • Combination square
  • Level
  • Electric or cordless drill
  • Chalk line
  • Two 4x4s for support posts (A)
  • One 4x8 for header (B)
  • Four 2x6s for post fasciae (C)
  • Six 2x6s for roof rafters (D)
  • Fourteen 2x2s for roof slats (E)
  • Six galvanized joist hangers (or aluminum receiver channel)
  • 3-inch deck or sheet metal screws
  • Two post anchor brackets
  • Masonry fasteners

Note: The pergola shown was built with foam-filled aluminum framing. Though higher in cost, it is lighter and easier to handle, and has a longer life than wood. The finish is powder-coated for easy care. You can use cedar, redwood, or pressure-treated lumber, but apply the finish before final assembly. The lengths of all components will depend on your site.

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