Homedit is supported by our readers. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

Deck Pergola Kits Heighten Your Outdoor Space

Deck pergola kits provide additional comfort to backyard spaces. If you have a deck, but you feel it’s incomplete, add a pergola to it. The kits are easy to assemble and offer greater curb appeal to your backyard.

Early versions of the deck pergola appeared during the 1920s in Dutch Colonial houses. It was then that front porches often had a swing. Homeowners would build a cover over the swing, which functioned as a front porch pergola.

Pergola on deck

The benefits of a pergola deck kit an are numerous. To learn about them, let’s learn more about what a pergola is and how it functions. 

Can You Add A Pergola On A Deck?

Thanks to pergola deck kits, adding a pergola to your backyard pool deck isn’t difficult. It’s one of those projects that if you think too much about it, you won’t do it.  After you’ve installed your deck pergola, add lattice work to the sides to create a DIY privacy screen.

Adding a pergola to a deck is not like building one on the ground. When building on the ground, pergola posts are buried and reinforced with concrete, dirt, or gravel. With pergola deck installation, you’re attaching wood to wood, which doesn’t offer the same stability.

Can a Pergola Be Built on a Deck?View in gallery

The posts should bear the structure’s weight, which means you’ll need wood that can withstand heavy pressure. The last thing you want are vulnerable major support beams to wood rot or termites. Once they’re ruined, they can be difficult and expensive to replace.

Can a Pergola Sit on a Deck?View in gallery

ACQ-treated wood is resistant to continued damage from the environment and insects, making it an excellent choice for a long-lasting building.

Pergola Roof Lighting

To keep your pergola as solid as possible, it’s better to avoid adding an excessively heavy roof. A fabric panel or wood lattice rather than a heavy wood or canvas cover would make for ideal shade. 

Pergola Support

A deck pergola has four posts. The posts are connected to the joists under the deck instead of  the deck flooring. The process is like looking for studs to hang a heavy object from. If the support supports are not secured to the deck structure, the deck planks may break away, bringing the pergola crashing to the ground.

How Tall Is A Deck Pergola?

Deck pergolas are eight to 12 feet tall. Those who need an 8-foot clearance, the beams will make it nine feet tall, with the rafters reaching ten feet.  

How Tall Should a Pergola Be on a Deck?View in gallery

Pergola height is critical. If the structure is too high it won’t provide outdoor protection. It the structure is too low, it will impact air circulation and illumination under the structure’s cover. The height should complement your landscape design and home architecture.

For example, if you wanted to connect a pergola to your home, the roofline and window fixtures would dictate the size of the pergola. You don’t want the pergola’s beams to block your outdoor view.

Related: How to Build a Redwood Deck: A Step-by-Step Guide from Start to Finish

Best Deck Pergolas For Outdoor Spaces

Here are the best deck pergolas on the market today. 

Gleaves Steel Pergola With Canopy

Oasis Solid Wood PergolaView in gallery

The Gleaves steel pergola with canopy is 12 feet. x 9 feet. Featuring a black rust-resistant powder-coated steel frame, its beige adjustable canopy makes for the ideal pairing both in functionality and style. 

The pergola is weather, water, and UV-resistant, and withstands strong winds. It’s anchored to y9ur patio, but you can attach it to pavement or concrete. 

Purple Leaf Aluminum Pergola

Oasis Solid Wood Pergola

From Purple Lead, this pergola is crafted with aluminum and offers plenty of shade. Not only is the aluminum alloy frame and galvanized steel roof are strong and sturdy, but it’s also long-lasting. Additionally, it also comes with curtains for additional privacy. The structure is also fade-resistant, waterproof, and easy to clean. 

Napoli Steel Pergola With Canopy

Oasis Solid Wood PergolaView in gallery

For entertaining outdoors during the warmer days, this pergola kit an escape from hotter temperatures. The pergola is easy to assemble. It comes with a rust-resistant and powder-coated steel frame that’s incredibly strong and sturdy. The canopy can also be adjusted according to the weather conditions, and you’ll also have an anchor/mounting kit with your purchase. 

Solid Wood Pergola
Oasis Solid Wood PergolaView in gallery

This pergola is like having a piece of the Mediterranean in your backyard. It offers plenty of space for crawling vines and other plants. Sculptured beams not only provide a cover, but also protection from direct sunlight. 

Cedar Solid Wood Pergola

Oasis Solid Wood PergolaView in gallery

This particular pergola is sure to transform your outdoor space. Not only does it come with a sizable upper shade structure to accommodate crawling vines and roses, but it also provides a good amount of shade. Additionally, there’s plenty of space underneath the pergola for all your furniture needs. If you’d like, you can even hang a chandelier within the pergola for a romantic evening dinner.

This particular pergola is also incredibly strong and sturdy, and it’s crafted from cedar wood that is resistant to mold and decay. It’s also ready to assemble, and you’ll get all of the instructions you need on the interactive app. 

Sunjoy Meadow Metal Pergola with Canopy

Oasis Solid Wood PergolaView in gallery

This classic pergola comes ready to assemble, and it’s a great purchase to accommodate your needs. It comes with a rust-resistant and powder-coated steel frame that’s durable and long-lasting. The pergola deck kit comes with a weather-resistant canopy that you can adjust according to your needs – great for this sweltering summer days. 

Purple Leaf Metal Pergola With Canopy

Oasis Solid Wood PergolaView in gallery

The Purple Leaf pergola comes in two different colors. The pergola offers a shade kit and canopy. The retractable canopy top, you can choose to fold or unfold it to adjust the shaded area. The canopy is also made of material that’s durable, weather, UV and fade-resistant. 

Madison Solid Wood Pergola

Oasis Solid Wood PergolaView in gallery

This pergola is crafted from solid wood and comes with a canopy in case you’d like some shade. You’ll also get both an anchor/mounting kit, and the pergola is incredibly sturdy, durable and long-lasting. It’s easy to assemble and looks great with bar stools. If you’d like, you can also add some flowers onto the pergola as an extra touch. In terms of space, you can fit a 6ft table under the pergola along with eight chairs around it. 

Aluminum Bon Pergola

Oasis Solid Wood PergolaView in gallery

This industrial-looking pergola has an aesthetic that’s different from the rest. Thanks to its heavy-duty design, you can be assured that it’ll last for many years to come. You’ll also get a bracket and anchor/mounting kit with your purchase, and you can rotate the louver at any time to protect against sunlight and rain. There’s also drainage within the frame, and it’s both rust and weather-resistant.

Oasis Solid Wood Pergola

Oasis Solid Wood PergolaView in gallery

This contemporary pergola is ideal for entertaining large groups. It offers plenty of space, and comes with a built-in bar and bench that’s great for dinners or get togethers. If you’d like, you could also grow plants around the bench to create a garden oasis. Material-wise it’s crafted from solid wood, and it’s also weather-resistant. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How Do Semi-Transparent Photovoltaic Panels Help Deck Pergolas?

Semi-transparent photovoltaic (PV) panels are added to pergola systems to generate power. The panels also improve the microclimate and provide shading. PV-pergolas maintain temperatures at 41- degrees Fahrenheit during summer and winter.

Does A Pergola Deck Kit Add Value To A Home?

Pergolas increase the value of a home. Due to the growing popularity of outdoor living spaces, property value for homes that have a pergola on the premises has increased.

Deck Pergola Kits: Wrap Up 

Deck pergola kits offer a comfortable addition to your backyard space. Those who require more shade and a larger outdoor relaxation area would benefit from deck pergolas. The kits are easy to assemble and add curb value to your backyard. When you’re ready to move, you have the option of breaking it down and taking it with you.