If our property has sufficient space, outdoor coverings such as pergolas or gazebos can be an impressive solution to make the most of the open spaces of our property.

Installing a gazebo or pergolas, perhaps removable, allows us to create an area of ​​relaxation and well-being in our garden. This small environment will allow us to carry out many outdoor activities: by choosing a functional and aesthetically pleasing structure, we will increase the value of our immobile, and we will get the opportunity to experience the garden in a new way, carving out a sheltered space where we can entertain friends or relax with the family.

Before installing an outdoor roof, however, we must make sure to consult the Building Regulations of our Municipality because the rules governing the authorizations may vary.


The main distinction is between fixed or removable structures. For removable structures, it is not necessary to request any permission before installing them because their positioning does not require building works and does not modify the structure of our property. On the other hand, all the structures that actually increase the volume of our house need permission from our Municipality.

To install a roof without requesting a permit from the Municipality, the structure must have specific characteristics :

  • Modest size
  • No permanent ground anchoring
  • The structure of the property must remain unaltered

Based on the types of support of the roof structure, we can divide them into:

  1. Pergolas: roofs anchored to the wall
  2. Gazebo: self-supporting roofs

As for the pergola, this structure is composed of vertical uprights and a canopy, which is often used to support climbing plants, thus recreating shaded areas within our exteriors. This type of structure does not require foundations and remains open on three sides.

Then there are self-supporting roofs such as gazebos or houses: in this case, the entire structure has walls (which can be grid-like, decorated in various ways or completely closed) and a roof, able to shelter from rain and other atmospheric agents. They can be placed in any part of the garden you want, and depending on the model chosen, they can be fixed or removable.

Another variant of coverage consists of tents, used as simple canopies or in more complex structures, used to create real pavilions.

As for the materials with the gazebos and pergolas built, they must comply with safety and resistance rules: considering their positioning and the continuous exposure to atmospheric agents (especially in the fixed variants), the materials must be treated to resist humidity in order to last for a long time.

Our aesthetic taste will also be a very important factor: we must not forget that installing a cover is advantageous from the point of view of functionality. It is also a decorative element for our garden.

The wood is perhaps the most widely used solution, together with PVC (plastic source material, economical and versatile), but iron and steel have their own importance too. So, Before you proceed with the purchase decision, evaluate all the options to cover your outdoor space and pick the one that suits you best. 

Our recommendation: 

Among all the options discussed above, the one that works great is the pergola. It looks not only great but also has functional importance. Now, if you wish to install a pergola in your garden, you can always count on Done Right. Done Right is a team of experienced professionals know for building pavers and pergolas all around Florida. If you, too, need some assistance, contact them right away! 

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