IntroductionFor thousands of years, wood has been the traditional and favored material for pergolas. Environmentally, it is a mixed bag with teak. Teak sold in the U.S. and Canada is 99% plantation grown.
For thousands of years, wood has been the traditional and favored material for pergolas. Many wood species are available and your choice of wood will determine how your pergola will look, whether it will be low or high maintenance, and whether it will last just a few years or many decades.
The six most abundant woods available for outdoor use in the U.S. and Canada are Cedars, Pressure Treated Woods, Pines, Teak, Exotic Hardwoods and California Redwood. This article will review the pros and cons of these woods specifically for use in pergolas.
- The Truth and Fiction of Teak
- What About Redwood?
- Cedar Possibilities
- How Cedar compares to Redwood, Teak, and the Exotic Hardwoods
- What about Pine?
- Last and… Least: Pressure Treated Wood