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What is a Pergola?

montana cedar pergola

What is a pergola? Pergolas are outdoor structures that feature columns and a roofing grid of beams and rafters. Pergolas can be left open with a lattice roof or covered, to create a sheltered area from the elements. Pergolas can be attached to a house or freestanding. 

Amish Country Gazebos offers high-quality durable outdoor structures that are perfect for a variety of outdoor uses.

The History of Pergolas

Pergola is derived from the Latin word "pergula", which means an extended roof or arbor. It is believed that the first pergola belonged to Thebes, who was an Egyptian high court official. Pergolas have been around for more than 3,000 years. It is unknown the original purpose behind creating pergolas, however, they served many purposes throughout history. Including, gardens, shade for walkways, and shelter. 

Early Pergolas

The 17th Century

In the 17th century during the Great Italian Renaissance, pergolas were very dramatic and featured large smooth stone pillars. 

The 19th and 20th Century

Architects during the 19th and early 20th centuries used pergolas in their garden designs and landscapes. Sir Edwin Lutyens designed architectural masterpieces including the Heywood Gardens. 

This magnificent garden included many architectural features including a pergola, a fountain, and more. Most likely, Gertrude Jekyll landscaped the Heywood Gardens. Sir Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll collaborated on many gardens together. 

Types of Pergolas

Montana Wood Pergolas

These beautiful pergolas are made from durable cedar with eye-catching vinyl pillars. 

Montana Wood Pergola Details
Stain: included in base price
Double ply 2″x8″ headers
True 2″x6″ rafters
True 2″x4″ stringers
Header sits on top of post
No braces
Type of post-upgrade: 8″x8″ cedar, 10″ roman columns
No lattice offered
Rafters & stringers are 16″ – 18″ spacing on center

Montana Vinyl Pergolas 

Montana Vinyl Pergolas are made from durable cedar with eye-catching vinyl pillars. 

Montana Vinyl Pergola Details
6"x6" posts
Double 2"x8" headers
True 2"x6" rafters
1¾” x 3½” stringers
Type of post upgrade: 8"x8" cedar, 10" roman columns
No lattice offered
Rafters & stringers 16" - 18" spacing on center

Classic Wood Pergolas

Looking for a more classic look? This is achievable with our Classic Wood Pergola option, which features traditional cuts and design. 

Classic Wood Pergola Details
Southern Yellow Pine
Stain: 12% of base price
5"x5" posts
Double 2"x6" headers
2"x6" rafters
2"x4" stringers
Header sits between posts
Type of post-upgrade: superior wood post
Standard Lattice
Rafters & stringers are 12" spacing on center

Classic Vinyl Pergolas

Similar to the Classic Wood Pergola, the Classic Vinyl Pergola gives low maintenance and ease that many people want in their outdoor structure. 

Classic Vinyl Pergola Details
5"x5" posts
Double 2"x6" headers
1½” x 5½” rafters
1½” x 1½” stringers
Type of post upgrade: superior vinyl
Standard Lattice
Rafters & stringers are 12" spacing on center

Pergola Options

Amish Country Gazebos offers pergolas in both vinyl and wood in a variety of sizes. These sizes range from 8x8 to 16x32. Prices range from under $2,000 to over $15,000. 

Wood Pergolas 

Classic wood pergolas are crafted with unstained pressure-treated pinewood and come with solid laminated 5x5 posts with decorative post skirts. We also offer a few stain options including cedar, canyon brown, cinder, or mahogany. 

Solid 2x6 joists span the shorter side of the pergola, and 2x4 runners span the longer side. Both 2x4s and the 2x6s have scalloped ends and notched intersections. This design helps with resistance to warping. 

If you are looking for a more natural option, our pergolas are also available in natural cedar wood. 

Vinyl Pergolas 

Vinyl pergolas are a very popular option because they are generally less maintenance compared to wood pergolas. With vinyl, you do not have to worry about termites or rot. 

Our traditional vinyl pergolas feature maintenance-free white vinyl with high-quality pressure-treated 5x5 wood posts inside the vinyl sleeves. This ensures strength and durable life!

Each post includes an attractive base to cover the hardware used in securing the structure to your concrete pad or wood deck. 1 ½ x 5 ½ joists with decorative scalloped end caps span the short side of the pergola. 1 ½ x 1 ½ square runners with decorative diamond end caps span the longer side. 

If you are going for a more classic look, adding Roman columns to your vinyl structure is a better option than standard square posts. 

Both wood and vinyl pergolas come with heavy-duty double 2x6 headers with braces that add rigidity and durability to your pergola. Additionally, a lattice roof can enhance your pergola, and it also adds shade. 

  • 12x16 classic vinyl pergola next to a pool and outdoor furniture
  • classic wood with custom stain color next to ourdoor pool
  • white lattice roof pergola
  • montana wood pergola with outdoor kitchen
  • vinyl pergola next to a pond
  • classic vinyl pergola with superior posts
  • wooden pergola next to a hot tub

Pergola Accessories

EZShade Canopy System

We offer a variety of pergola accessories that will enhance the enjoyment of your structure. The EZShade Canopy System is made from stainless steel fasteners, aluminum beams, and the highest quality weather-resistant fabric. It is easy to operate and is an affordable alternative to adding a retractable awning to your home.

The EZShade Canopy System is connected using a simple track system, which can be opened or closed in minutes. The tracks are designed for smooth water run-off, so the canopy will allow you to enjoy your outdoor space on a rainy day.

The EZShade Canopy is available in a variety of colors and styles in either solids or stripes to match any landscape.

Electrical Package

You can also choose to add an electrical package to your pergola. It includes a switch that can control a light or fan and a duplex receptacle. 

Electrical Package


If you are looking for a more affordable option, then a pergola-in-a-box is the perfect choice for you. The pergola-in-a-box offers the same beauty and durable functionality as the rest of our kits. 

The primary difference between our in-a-box structures and our custom structures is the number of upgrades and customization options. There are a huge variety of upgrades and customization options for our custom pergolas, the only change that can be made to a pergola-in-a-box is the addition of an electrical package.

Our pergola-in-a-box structures are made with pressure-treated southern yellow pine and our guarantee against rot or termites. 

The pergola-in-a-box is available in two sizes:

  • 10 x 12 
  • 12 x 14
pergola in a box dimensions

Pergola-in-a-Box Assembly

We make it easy to add a pergola to your outdoor living space. You will not have to worry about all of the details like you would have to if you built a structure from scratch. Our detailed instructions make setting up your own pergola extremely simple, all you need are some tools, an afternoon, and a friend! 

Most pergola kits can be assembled in one day. With our kit option, you will not have to worry about missing parts, hidden costs, or vague instructions. Stain or paint can be added at your discretion post-assembly. 



What is Included with a Pergola-in-a-Box?

  • Hand-selected, Grade A, pressure-treated southern yellow pine. 
  • All components are milled, sanded, cut, and notched to fit together perfectly. 
  • Four handsome posts with an elegant design on the bottom three feet of each post. 
  • Arched roof to give your Pergola-in-a-Box a customized feel and a uniquely beautiful style. 
  • Thorough step-by-step assembly instructions with many illustrations and pictures. 

Attached or Free Standing Pergolas

All pergolas from Amish Country Gazebos are free-standing. No need to attach it to your home unless that is your preferred location. If your home or another structure is your preferred location, our pergolas come with a special attachment to make the connection simple. 

How To Build A Pergola

Southern Living

Watch how easy it is to build a pergola with Southern Living host Ivy Odom! Ivy was looking to replace her old garage shed with something new. We are honored you chose Amish Country Gazebos to replace your previous carport! 

What Can A Pergola Be Used For?

Some of the most popular uses include carports, shade structures in a garden, outdoor kitchens, poolside cabanas, shade on a patio, enhancing the beauty of a garden, and more. 

We will help you design a structure that will compliment your outdoor space, and enhance your outdoor lifestyle. 

Amish Country Gazebos is the preferred choice of top hotels and resorts

Sheraton Hotels & Resorts
Prices usually range from $3,000 to $40,000.
Pergolas start at $3,000 and average about $8,000.
Gazebos start at $3,000 and average about $12,000.
Pavilions start at $3,000 and average about $16,000.
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