Guide to Choosing Wood for a Pergola
This easy to follow wood pergola guide offers a brief overview of two of the most popular wood types for pergolas. Which type do you prefer? Two classic choices of wood for pergola kits are pressure treated Southern Yellow Pine and Western Red Rough Sawn Tight Knot Cedar. Both are excellent choices for a sturdy pergola that will last for many years. These wood types offer strength and durability that look good in many types of settings from rustic to traditional.
As with all wooden outdoor structures, proper maintenance helps keep your pergola looking good. If you’re in a moister climate like Florida, South Carolina, or parts of California, it’s equally as important to maintain your pergola as it would be if you’re in a drier climate like Arizona, Colorado, or parts of Texas.
Whether you choose pine or cedar, every one of our pergola kits comes complete with all pre-cut, pre-drilled lumber that is pre-marked for easy assembly.
Wood Comparison Guide for Pergolas
Western Red Cedar is a beautiful light amber color. It has a wonderfully appealing fragrance that adds another dimension to its qualities. Western red cedar is also highly resistant to decay, which makes it great for outdoor use. It is lightweight with close, even grain. It is easily worked and can be finished smooth with little effort. Western red cedar takes paints and stains very well. With western red cedar, paint or stain can be applied as soon as you receive the pergola kit. Western red cedar is used in situations where exposure to the elements is continually severe.
Pressure Treated Pine is also very insect and rot repellant, and able to withstand severe elements, but has chemicals added to give it those properties. Pressure treated pine comes with a green appearance. As it dries it will turn to a golden brown, then gray if it is not water sealed or stained. You will need to wait a few months before staining or painting the pine lumber since it will be saturated with the pressure treatment when you get it.
Which type of wood will you choose?