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Aluminium and wooden pergolas Which is better?

We tell you about the advantages and differences between the two most common materials used to manufacture these structures.

Pergolas: a combination of aesthetics, solidity and durability

If you are lucky enough to have a garden or terrace at home, it would almost be a sin not to take advantage of this outdoor space and turn it into your favourite place. We have more and more decorative and sun protection elements to make this space a welcoming environment and a place to enjoy good times.

On another occasion we have told you 4 things you need to know before buying an awningBut today we want to talk to you about the differences between an aluminium pergola and a wooden one, so you will know which one suits you best.

The most common solutions for these systems are aluminium and wood. We can also find on the market, pergolas made of other less common materials, such as steel, little used precisely because of its great weight; or pergolas made of brick or granite, very robust but impractical, as they require a building permit, time for construction and a high budget to have them. In addition to the possibility of being out of fashion in a few years.

Advantages and disadvantages of a wooden pergola

The feeling of warmth and elegance that a wooden pergola can generate has few rivals (except for one, which we'll tell you more about later). It's quite tempting when you're looking to create a rustic feel at home. However, it is no secret that wood is less resistant to corrosion than metallic materials, so if it is not regularly subjected to heat treatments, it is very likely to deteriorate with humidity and constant exposure to the sun.

So, before thinking about a wooden pergola, assess whether you are willing to treat it every year to keep it intact.

Advantages and disadvantages of an aluminium pergola

The most outstanding and valued feature of this type of pergola is its durability. Once the structure is installed (which, by the way, does not require any building work or permits), you will not have to worry about anything else except a superficial cleaning to remove any dirt or dust from the weather.

Despite being resistant to the most intense weather conditions such as rain, snow and UV rays, maintenance is so low.

In terms of aesthetics, pergolas made of this type of material are minimalist, which makes it possible to adapt very well to all styles.

Do you remember the rival we told you about above?

Imagine having all the aesthetic advantages of wood, such as warmth and rustic charm, with the robustness and durability of aluminium. New technologies in lacquering and painting make possible a wood finish that has nothing to envy to the original material.

The lightness of aluminium is another key point for people who choose this type of pergola. This is very useful when you have a surface with a weight limit, such as in attics or floors overloaded with structures. Not forgetting the ductility of the material, that is to say, its ease of moulding to obtain customised and precise models, especially when it is used CNC technology as in the case of Sahara pergolas.

Ultimately the decision is yours. The choice between an aluminium pergola and a wooden pergola depends on what you need, your budget and the style of your house. If you go for the rustic charm of a wooden pergola, you will only have to take into account the periodic maintenance. If, on the other hand, you are looking for a solid, durable, customisable and low-maintenance structure, an aluminium pergola is what you need.