There are 3 main types of manufactured pergolas used in Arizona. We will cover the basics on each of them!
By far the most chosen and popular material style of pergolas in Arizona. Alumawood pergolas are manufactured in two styles.
Laguna Lattice which reduces sun exposure by 40-60% which also allows you to keep any breezes and airflow. This is the most popular pergola design style.
Newport Solid Roof which gives a solid sun block for maximum protection. Its a good choice for an outdoor area that needs to be completely shaded from the sun and all the other elements.
The amazing thing about Alumawood is it fools anyone to thinking its actually real wood. It also has wooden texture patterns and 7 designer colors you can choose from. Alumawood also comes with Aluma-Shield paint and TEFLON surface protectors which repel dust, dirt, oil and stains, keeping your structure always looking new. This is why Alumawood is the chosen pergola type of the Arizona Desert. With Alumawood you get the beauty of wood and the convenience of highly durable, low maintenance surfacing.
Alumawood Color Templates
Alumawood offer the biggest variety in color. You can also choose between wooden or smooth surfacing.
Alumawood End Styles
Your end caps can be customized towards the design of your pergola, landscaping and home.
Alumawood Column Styles
You can also customize the design of your pergolas columns as shown below.
A popular choice but not as long lasting or resistant as Alumawood. Vinyl is low-maintenance and durable and still serves as a decent patio cover. Vinyl doesn't warp or chip or rot and is resistant to insect damage and most weathering. Vinyl has a shiny, smooth surface lacking realistic wood patterns and are also limited on color selections. These colors are usually white and beige.
Vinyl Pergolas are constructed from PVC plastic. A quality vinyl pergola will have aluminum or steel inserts to increase the pergolas strength and durability. Aluminum is the preferred reinforcement for its light weight and maneuverability.
The only downside to vinyl pergolas is over time it may turn yellow in color. Especially with prolonged exposure to the sun, The vinyl pergolas we offer do come with warranties but after the warranty expires your on your own.
The initial cost of a vinyl patio can be higher than the cost of materials for a wooden patio. Vinyl pergolas do save time and money in the long run though because so little maintenance is required.
Please Note: we no longer build wooden pergolas due to the Arizona heat but we have recommendations on other wooden pergola builders in the valley.
Wooden pergolas look great and gives the most genuine feel but comes with its pitfalls. Wooden pergolas are generally less expensive in terms of material but more expensive with labor costs. Wood also tends to rot over time and takes a beating from the Arizona sun. It's mandatory to coat and seal your pergolas wood every year. There are a number of types of wood you can use on a wooden pergola.
Important Note: A pergola that is built with untreated wood is susceptible and vulnerable to wet and cold weather. Without seasonal maintenance damage will occur!