Does a pergola need a foundation? What you need to know

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Some people may think that a pergola or gazebo does not require a foundation. However, there are some important factors to consider that may change your mind. 

Pergolas and gazebos: a great way to add character to your home

A pergola or gazebo is a great way to add character to your backyard. This type of structure is both functional for storage, and also recreational so that you can enjoy an outdoor space to relax despite the weather. If you are planning to buy or build this type of structure in the near future, you may be asking yourself: do I need a foundation of some kind? Or can I just put the structure directly on the ground?

Whether you’re thinking of buying or building a wood or metal pergola, think beyond the material. The longevity of this installation should be your first concern. The question to ask yourself is, “Do I want a structure that will last?”

If you want your new investment to remain stable for many years, you should strongly consider adding a foundation to your project. Foundation means construction, right? Not necessarily! No one wants to spend hours digging holes in their backyard… especially when the weather is nice and warm. That’s why screw piles are a great option when installing a pergola or gazebo!

How can GoliathTech screw piles help you with this kind of project?

Our GoliathTech certified installers use light and compact equipment to access even the smallest of backyards. Their machines can usually fit through a front door opening or squeeze into restricted spaces around your pool or shed. 

Fast and efficient, our installers arrive in the morning and will probably be gone by lunchtime… You’ll have plenty of time to start building or installing your new structure that same day.

Why are our helical piles a great option?

GoliathTech is a great option because screw piles not only anchor the structure so it doesn’t blow away during high winds but also raise it slightly so that the wood beams, if installed, are not affected by wet soil that could cause them to rot in just a few years. In colder climates where the ground tends to freeze, helical piles will eliminate the risk of freeze/thaw heave and ensure a stable structure for years to come.


About GoliathTech

Since 2004, GoliathTech has been the most important manufacturer and installer in the helical (screw) pile industry worldwide. Our patented helical pile foundation system surpasses industry standards and has earned us multiple awards and prizes.

Carried out by certified installers, our quick installation process avoids excavation, which protects your landscape and allows you to begin building as soon as the piles are in the ground. Moreover, GoliathTech’s helical pile foundation can be anchored into any soil or space year-round. They are installed deep into the ground, beneath the frost line, to solidly support the structure in even the most extreme environments. Our technology guarantees that a helical (screw) pile foundation won’t move or crack over time.

Integrating both strength and know-how, GoliathTech offers the best anchoring solution to support your residential, industrial, commercial, and municipal projects. Trust the experience and expertise of GoliathTech for your foundation projects. Find a certified GoliathTech installer in your region or become a franchisee.