If you are anything like me, you love being outdoors. I’ve shared before how our historic home did not come with a porch so we built a patio and added a pergola in order to have an outdoor space. Last month, I gave my patio a refresh by painting the floor and making over the outdoor furniture. We decided not to stop there! After almost 2 years of not truly enjoying this space because of weather, we decided to add a roof. Thankfully, its an easy enough project that anyone can do if given the right instructions and having the right tools!
I wanted to still enjoy the sunlight, while having shade so we chose to go with corrugated roof panels in solar grey. It makes a world of difference when its the hottest time of the day! This has become my outdoor office most days and I can’t complain.
Because our pergola had horizontal boards on top of the vertical boards already, we did not have to install purlins. If you only have boards in one direction, you will need to add purlins. Check out this blog for instructions on how to do that.
We measured the roof area to know how many panels to get and what size. Then, we lined them on top of the pergola by overlapping at least one groove over the other. After that, we sealed the entire areas that overlapped.
For us, it worked out easier to insert the enclosures after the panels were lined up and sealed. We simply lifted the panels from underneath and inserted the enclosures across every horizontal board to ensure every groove of the panel had support underneath it. You could also let this be your first step and then lay your panels on top accordingly.
Then, we used the impact driver and screwed roofing screws into the panel, enclosure and purlin all throughout. Be sure not to go too tight with the screw to prevent cracking!
This project took a few hours with 2 of us and was totally worth it! I can’t believe I waited so long to do it! If you want to see this project in action, I have a story highlight saved on my Instagram called DIY Pergola Roof.