How Much Does It Cost to Cover Your Patio in San Diego

It’s common now in San Diego for homeowners to invest in some sort of shade structure for their backyards. From umbrellas and tarps to patio covers and pergolas, we see a large range of implementations to cool a portion of the backyard and also help cool the interior of the home. The cost for a patio cover ranges greatly, due to a many options in style, design, materials, and methods of installation.

Here’s an estimated cost for basic pergola based on size:

Small (10×10 feet): $6,000 – $12,000+

Medium (12×12 feet): $10,000 – $20,000+

Large (16×20 feet): $12,000 – $25,000+

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Popular pergola and patio cover materials often include aluminum, wood, vinyl, and other metals. Alumawood is a common option, and many similar competitors exist in the market. Prices vary greatly by location and time, but here are some rough estimates:

Wood: $20 – $45 per square foot. Cedar and redwood are popular for their durability and aesthetic appeal.

Aluminum: $26 – $59 per square foot Known for being low maintenance and durable.

Vinyl: $26 – $52 per square foot Typically less expensive than wood and requires minimal maintenance.

Labor costs in San Diego for construction projects can be more than $100+ per hour. For a pergola installation, labor might account for 30% to 50% of the total cost.

Additional features you may want to include in your new patio cover may include lighting, fans, screens curtains, or other custom design elements. Cost estimates vary greatly by implementation but here are some rough estimates:

Lighting: $1000 – $5000+

Fans: $500 – $1000+ per fan

Screens or Curtains: $500 – $2000 (depending on size, material, and labor)

Custom Design: Additional $1200 – $5000

Depending on local regulations, you may need permits for your patio pergola, which can cost between $130 and $650.

Verify that the contractor you decide to use for your patio cover is licensed and insured. This can prevent potential issues and ensure the quality of work. Be clear about your preferences and any additional features you want. This will help the contractor provide a more accurate estimate. Consider that different materials have different maintenance needs, and discuss this with your contractor. It’s best to factor in long-term maintenance costs when choosing materials. If you’re in the San Diego area, you can contact us here at Beyond Remodeling for your

Covering your patio with a pergola can significantly enhance your outdoor living space. While the cost can vary, understanding the factors that influence pricing can help you plan your project effectively. With the right contractor and materials, your new pergola will provide both beauty and functionality for years to come.

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