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  • commercial fiberglass pergola
  • commercial fiberglass pergola
  • commercial fiberglass pergola

Commercial Pergolas

Send us your plans and timeline. Give us a call to go over any concerns.

We'll generate some photos and drawings to advance the conversation.

Once we're on the right track, we will provide a proposal for your review.

We work with engineers around the country to accomplish the impossible.

We typically install our commercial pergolas to ensure perfect craftsmanship from start to finish.

Designed for assembly with minimal tools and experience

Intersections notched for strength, old world craftsmanship and ease of assembly

No exposed fasteners - Very clean fit and finish

Hollow members can conceal wires for lights and speakers, even water lines

We encourage you to reach out and see how we can advance your current project.


Gallery of recent projects



Curved Pergolas in New York

This was a challenging project at a high end apartment complex in New York.

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Curved Baldwin Pergolas

Here you can see the challenge: Curved zero maintenance pergolas, one of which measuring one hundred feet in diameter! Then five other pergolas of a similar nature. Oh yea, we need them in three months.

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Curved Baldwin Pergolas

The trick to this pergola was finding someone who could curve 4x10" aluminum beams to any radius, give or take 1/10th of an inch. It was a complex process annealing the beams and the logistics of getting it done double time, but with patience and perseverance, everything came together well within specification.

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commercial pergola.

Curved Baldwin Pergolas

The rafters are all identical. The purlins are actually short sections of straight fiberglass 2x3 pultrusion. The entire structure is notched together which has become the Baldwin Pergolas trademark.


If it's exceptionally high quality, then you can be sure it's a Baldwin. We really don't know how to do it any other way.

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Curved Baldwin Pergolas

The 10x10" square columns stand atop a 16" retaining wall with inner and outer one inch bevels, so there was no room for Tuscan style capitals and bases. After making solid PVC caps and bases out of palight, there was still no room for error. Pergolas must be geometrically perfect (square and plum), or they don't go together.


If you sweat the details early on, things don't get out of control.

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commercial pergola.

Curved Baldwin Pergolas

Top level architects continually move the goal posts further and further away making it impossible to get by doing the same thing over and over. The pergola industry is cutting edge and that's the way we like it. What's next?

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commercial pergola.

Curved Baldwin Pergolas

This one pergola has 750 purlins on it. Each one notched at a left angle and a right angle. Let's be careful not to mix them up, okay? The shadows from this pergola are amazing. The regional project manager said he'd never seen a nicer pergola. That was big.

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commercial pergola.

Curved Baldwin Pergolas

The project called for two of these smaller curved pergolas. After spending some time installing this pergola it was nice to finally see the pool full of water and a family enjoying the day. Quoting Hannibal: "I love it when a plan comes together".

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commercial pergola.

Curved Baldwin Pergolas

This pergola will host a seating area in front of a large outdoor fireplace. We allow 0.040" inch tolerance within our notches which makes space for the two coats of primer and paint. If the radii were off more then a sixteenth of an inch we would have a problem with no solution. That's faith in your subs.

Commercial Pergolas

commercial pergola.

Curved Baldwin Pergolas

We like this sort of project, so if you're interested in commissioning us to create a custom curved pergola, please don't hesitate. Pick up the phone and give us a call. We are eager to serve.




Diamond pergola

A large scale pergola

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Diamond pergola

Diamond Pergola

This pergola is exceptional. The homeowners required a large scale pergola to match their large scale home and patio.

We wish there could have been some people in these photos to give them scale because everything you see is LARGE.

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Diamond pergola

Diamond Pergola

We refer to this pergola as the diamond pergola because the columns are rotated 45 degrees from square, into a diamond configuration.

The columns are 14" x 14" squares with recessed panels. The beams are sets of 4x12" fiberglass pultrusion. The rafters are also 4" x 12" massives. We used our typical 2x3 purlins on the top layer, but laid them down for added visual weight.

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Diamond pergola

Diamond Pergola

Notice how the railings bow outward? The patio is an elipse. The pergola matches the elliptical shape by varying the rafter lengths.

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Diamond pergola

Diamond Pergola

When we were on our first visit to the site owner Max Baldwin dig a charcoal rubbing of the architectural detail above the windows of the home. The rubbing was used to create these keystones.

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Diamond pergola

Diamond Pergola

We have our beams manufactured with upward crown so that the weight of the pergola is more likely to straighten the beam than cause the beam to sag. That's a 20' free-span.

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Diamond pergola

Diamond Pergola

We cherish projects like this because they allow us to use our artistic abilities. This project displays our craft and it's potential.




Marriott Pergola

This is the Grande Dunes pergola in Myrtle Beach

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Marriott Pergola

Grande Dunes

You want an 12'x88' pergola that's 8' tall connected to a 20'x24' pergola that's 10' tall? Sure, no problem. Max flew down there, took some measurements and voila! A custom solution.

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Marriott Pergola

Grande Dunes

When Max Baldwin was young many jobs were being lost to Japan and overseas competition. He made up his patriotic mind to work harder and better than his peers in hopes of preserving American pride and our Americam way of life. Ironically he studied Japanese architecture, Japanese furniture design and Japanese joinery.


Does this pergola remind you of a Japanese temple?

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Marriott Pergola

Grande Dunes

How do you like those apples?


You can't get that at Walmart.

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Marriott Pergola

Grande Dunes

When building cedar pergolas, we offer a choice of lumber grades: Clear or Knotty. Our Architectural knotty second growth Western Red Cedar comes from planted trees. These trees may be 60-80 years of age. Our clear grade of cedar is typically cut from tree which are between 1000 and 2000 years old. We're not really proud of that, but certain jobs require certain materials. This pergola will last fifty years or more, even on the Atlantic Ocean.

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Marriott Pergola

Grande Dunes

It's all about shade and architecture.


We've got that.




Collegiate Pergola

This job provided some challenges. Three pergolas in total each with a special twist.

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Adrian college in Adrian Michigan

Collegiate Pergola 1&2

We were provided with an architects conceptual drawing showing a "soon to be built" student center. The layout was circular and was radiating from the buildings lobby. Max Baldwin scaled the drawing and create a working CAD model. Each rafter would radiate at the appropriate angle.

Baldwin Fiberglass Pergolas

Adrian college in Adrian Michigan

Collegiate Pergola 1&2

Our rafters notch down over the tops of the beams. In this case, the beams were positioned at angles, so we notched each rafter at a unique angle, as required to create the semi-circle. This photo shows one of the pergolas laid out on the floor while the other pergola is upside down on the work bench.

Baldwin Fiberglass Pergolas

Adrian college in Adrian Michigan

Collegiate Pergola 1&2

There you see one of the pergolas framing an outdoor fireplace. I wonder if the architect noticed that we create a Hexastyle structure. Hexastyle: Having six frontal columns in the pergola, as in some Greek temples. [Greek hexastūlos, having six columns in front.

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Adrian college in Adrian Michigan

Collegiate Pergola 3

This is the Commencement Pergola where graduation ceremonies take place. It's 20' deep and 60' wide and needs to repel water. Our first design incorporated a pitched roof with fabric, but was beyond the budget restrictions.

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Adrian college in Adrian Michigan

Collegiate Pergola 3

We hired an awning shop to create a massive cover with grommets every four feet. We then fastened special twisting grommet fittings to the top of the pergola. The real challenge was designing the beams to withstand the anticipated weight of the fabric, wind and water.

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Adrian college in Adrian Michigan

Collegiate Pergola 3

Within the 2x8 beams are arched steel support assemblies designed like large leaf springs which supply constant upward support to the long spans. These sort of challenges drive us crazy and drive us forward simultaneously. Beaubian construction did the installation and reported back a full success.




Details which make Baldwin the obvious choice


Why Baldwin?

Matt Crescimano

Our planning and design team

Max Baldwin and Matt Crescimano have worked for decades manufacturing and installing pergolas. These are NOT your typical salespeople. All of our "hands-on" experience plays to your advantage as we can foresee potential issues!

Why Baldwin?

Structural Columns, caps and bases

The materials we use

You will not find any hollow plastic capitals and bases here. Everything we do is with the highest quality materials which are intended to last generations and longer. Our resin cast parts are thick, heavy and dense: Like stone. There is no reason to play around with cheap materials.

Why Baldwin?

Fiberglass rafter tails

Our rafter tails

All fiberglass pergola manufacturers that we know of add a block of foam to the ends of a square fiberglass board. We put the foam on the inside then cut the profile with a diamond coated router bit. This technique is far superior because our rafter tails are orders of magnitude stronger and don't get damaged in shipping or installation.

Why Baldwin?

Other manufacturers rafter tails

Their rafter tails

All fiberglass pergola manufacturers that we know of add a block of foam to the ends of a square fiberglass board. We put the foam on the inside then cut the profile with a diamond coated router bit. This technique is far superior because our rafter tails are orders of magnitude stronger and don't get damaged in shipping or installation.

Notice where the foam stops and the fiberglass tube starts? This is a very weak way to build. Not good.

Why Baldwin?

Baldwin Pergolas worker tightening threaded rod like crazy

Strongest mounting system

Max Baldwin and company pioneered the industry accepted column mounting system which uses threaded rods to connect columns to slabs or concrete footings. We use 5/8" inch diameter threaded rods to basically bolt the column to the concrete. In this case, the bolt is over eight feet long!

Why Baldwin?

Baldwin uses only stainless steel hardware

Stainless Steel Hardware

We use only stainless steel hardware in our pergolas. It costs more, but we don't make second rate pergolas. If it's not perfect, it's not a Baldwin.

Why Baldwin?

Baldwin Pergolas notch together

Notched intersections

We carefully design and notch our pergolas to make the structure more beautiful, stronger and easier to assemble. You just match the notches up and it slides together. No measuring is required.

Why Baldwin?

Baldwins pergolas create more shade

More shade

We space our fiberglass rafters and purlins 20" inches on center. Online only pergolas are typically 24" on center. Our rafters are a true 2x8 which means that they are actually 2" inches by 8" inches on the tape measure.

Why Baldwin?

Running wires through a baldwin fiberglass pergola

Concealed wires

All of our components at hollow which means running wires within the parts is not hard to do. Doing this after the pergola is complete is almost impossible, so be sure to plan ahead and coordinate your lighting plans with our design team.

Why Baldwin?

Baldwin Pergolas notch together

Color selection

We use Sherwin Williams industrial grade exterior paints and there are no restrictions to your color selection. In each case, we purchase screw caps to match your preferred color of paint. Our pergolas are built with a designers eye for quality. You will see nothing that is not eye pleasing.




Options - Decisions you will need to make when ordering


Options

This image shows an attached fiberglass pergola

Attached or Freestanding?

Our typical attached pergola consists of a set of main beams running parallel to the house as well as a ledger that connects to the side of your the house. They require less columns, less footings and ultimately a lower price tag. Freestanding pergolas are more popular.

Options

We must determine the width and depth of your pergola

Depth and width

Our pergolas are available in standard sizes for ease of pricing, but we can custom tailor the size of your pergola down to the exact inch you require. Our order form makes this simple, but you'll need to tell us exactly where you want the centers of your columns. The best way to do this is to place pots or plates where the columns will be. Measure. Custom drawings will be created for your review and approval. 10" inch round and square columns have 13" inch base trim. 12" inch diameter columns have 15 1/2" base trim.

Options

this is a picture of a tall fiberglass pergola canopy

Height

We encourage our customers to design short pergolas because they provide more shade. A perfect height is seven and a half to eight feet. Many projects require taller columns for a variety of reasons. The taller the pergola, the more stress on the columns and footings, so we require any pergola over eight feet tall be built with 12" diameter columns and larger footings.

The pergola in this picture needed to be very tall to preserve the views from the house and the scale of the house was large, so this pergola was a perfect fit!

Options

Choosing the diameter of a column is critical to the look of the pergola

Choice of column size and shape

Your columns can be round or square. Typically, if your house already has columns, the pergola is designed to share that architectural detail. In recent years, square columns have been gaining in popularity. Recessed panels are an option if you choose square columns. Flutes are an option if you choose round columns. If a pergola is larger then 180 square feet, large columns are recommended.

Options

Choose your capital stlye

Column Capitals

Almost all of our customers choose the Tuscan style capital and base as their preferred order of architecture because it has a clean, simple, somewhat modern look. On occasion someone might desire a more formal or distinctive architecture. Most popular among the many choices are the Ionic, the Corinthian and the Composite. The Composite combines the architecture of the Ionic and the Corinthian.

Options

Baldwin-rafter-tails

Rafter tails

The cut on the rafter tail determines the architectural style of the pergola. Years ago everyone chose the Baldwin style. Last year everyone chose the Windsor style. Maybe 2015 will be the year of the Kensington rafter tail? If you would like a custom rafter tail, we can do that, just send a drawing or a photo. We'll design an proof and once you approve it, it's yours. We use diamond coated router bits and a computer controlled router to make the cuts, so they all come out exactly the same.

Options

Choose your color

Color

White is the default color for pergolas. White is the classic color. Look at the ancient temples of Rome and Greece: White. Banks, universities, courts, municipalities, churches: White, most especially white when examining the columns, capitals and bases. Above that you have beams, rafters and purlins which might be a color to match your home or trim colors. It's your canvas so you get to decide how you want your pergola. All fiberglass pergolas get painted at the factory. White is the default color and the cost of the paint job is included in the price. A custom color adds 5% to the project.

Options

Copper flashing is a distinctive architectural detail

Copper Flashing

Its the finer details that distinguish a fine home. Baldwin Pergolas allows one to make that distinction with subtle copper flashing. Historically the columns were made of wood and their tops required protection from rain and sun. A sheet of copper would be custom bent to protect the capital. Only a quart inch of flashing can be seen from ground level, but for people that care about architecture and appreciate craftsmanship, this flashing seals the deal.

Options

Baldwin Pergolas installs

Installation

Our pergolas were specifically designed to make installation easy. If a task can be done at the factory, it gets done at the factory. After completing thousands of installations, we can confidently say that no job is every easy. Unexpected site conditions are the primary reason. We bring every tool known to man and use most of them during the installation. You will see installation service on the order form, but it is only available if you live within 100 miles of our factory located in 06457, excepting special conditions.

Options

Pergola canopies are becoming more and more popular

Shade systems

Overhead fabric sun-shades have become more and more popular in recent years. Our preferred shade consists of one large sheet of fabric which extends and retracts. More information is available in our Shade Systems section of the web site.




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Terminology

Fiberglass pergola terminology

Footing: A concrete anchor which holes the pergola to the earth. They need to be deeper than the front line, but also large enough and deep enough to hold the pergola to the Earth during a strong wind. Footing size should never be less the 42" deep and 12" diameter.

Pier: This in a small stone wall on which a pergola can be mounted. The pier is always supported by a footing or a concrete slab.

Column: Our columns are hollow, cast fiberglass, vertical supports which and load bearing. They stand atop the footing or pier and support the pergola. At the top of the column is the capital. At the bottom is the base.

Main Beams: The beam which sits atop the columns and supports the rafters. The main beams consist of a set of two parallel 2x8's which are spaced 5" apart. The beams are hollow and may contain wires for lights or speakers. Some beams are built to conceal water lines as well.

Rafters: These are the primary shade creating members make up the pergola. They are 2" thick by 8" tall. They notch down over the main beams and support the purlins

Purlins: These make up the top layer of the pergola. Each purlin measures 2" thick by 3" tall. They notch down over the rafters and keep the rafters in a perfect grid.

Overhang: This is the distance from the center of a column to the tip of the rafter or purlin.

Spans and height

Spans and height limits

We specially manufacture our fiberglass members to include a subtle upward curve, otherwise known as a crown. This allows us to span greater distances without any sagging of parts. Extreme spans require engineering and custom solutions such as internal aluminum reinforcement or other advanced techniques.

Spans are measured from center of footing to center of footing. Often the design calls for large open spans so a beautiful view can be unobstructed. This causes two design concerns: The beam must be built in such a way that it can support the weight of the rafters and purlins without sagging. The larger concern is this: The wind loading of the entire pergola must be divided by the number of columns. Fewer columns means more stress on each column. We solve this wide span problem by placing two columns close together on either end of the span.

Especially large spans and commercial projects call for our massive 4" x 12" fiberglass beams. We use them in sets of two, so the resulting beam is tremendous. These are also crowned and a single beam can receive over 1000 pounds of load and still have a gentle upward crown! We often use them on projects just for the visual effect, so please be sure to ask us about our large beams. They are not an option on the web site pricing tool yet.

Height is also a structural concern because each column has mechanical advantage like a lever. When you apply ten pounds of force to the side of the top, you exert eight times that amount of force to the bottom, assuming that the column is eight feet tall. If the column is ten feet tall, then the stress at the bottom is ten times greater then the initial ten pounds. Our typical offerings are designed to endure high winds, but large residential pergolas and commercial jobs may require engineering. These are things which get discussed.

Shade

Easy Shade Canopy

Baldwin easy shade canopy

Baldwin easy shade canopy

Our easy shade system work very well with our fiberglass pergolas. We have a entire page of information about the Easy Shade system which you can link to here. The information on this page is specific to combining an Easy Shade system with a Baldwin Fiberglass Pergola.

The Easy Shade has a main, central beam which wants to be centered and run perpendicular to the rafters. When you order a pergola with a shade system, we create three of your rafters with lumber inside which allows one to attach the mono beam securely.

The fabric is hung from cross-bars which roll back and forth within the centered mono beam. We restrict each end of the cross bar from being blown upward with shade rails. These shade rails attach to the inner face of the main beams. If your pergola is attached to your house, then the inner shade rail is attached to the bottoms of the rafters. By lowering the outermost shade rail, we can get rainwater to flow away from the house.

Customer ordering a pergola

The pergola ordering process

Measure

Determine where you want the center of your columns. Measure distance in width and depth. Determine how much overhang you would like on each side. Overhang is measured from the center of the post to the tip of the rafter or purlin. Our standard overhand is 24” inches. Rafter length is your depth from center of column to center of column plus your front and rear overhangs. Purlin length is your width from center of column to center of column plus your left and right overhangs. Consider height and sight lines. Remember, short pergolas give more shade under the pergola. Consider the time of day you will use your pergola and the angle of the sun at that time. We'll be better able to assist you if you take a few photos and send them to us.

Go online

We have an online pergola pricing tool you can use to configure your pergola. When you are using the pricing tool, you will need to select your options such as: The cut on the ends of the beams and rafters, column size and type, color, fabric color.

The pergola pricing tool will give you a price for the pergola, your electrical options, drapery and even a trucking quote. It’s easy to modify your pergola until it is exactly what you desire. You can feel comfortable using this no dicker, always accurate pricing tool. We do reserve the right to adjust prices due to lumber costs without notice.

If the pergola you desire cannot be built using our system, please enter the pergola as closely as possible then describe what you would like done differently in the notes section. You can also call our sales team during business hours at 800 344-5103x1 and they will do all of this for you.

When you are pleased with your pergola and are ready to talk to one of our designers, click the “Submit information” button. Your data gets sent to us.

On our side

We review your pergola choices and call you to answer any questions you might have. We suggest making changes that would either make your pergola more useful or more beautiful, but we also look for ways to reduce the lead time and your cost.

Deposit then Drawings

Along the way you can request an elevation drawing of the front, back, or either side so you can see what pergola will look like. Based on this visual, you may request changes. We adjust your file and explain the change in price. We also create another visual for your approval. We do require a 50% deposit before working plans are created. When you get your plans, you confirm every detail and we begin production.

Scheduling & Logistics

During production you may get a call or email from the production team asking about your ceiling fan height or what color light switches you want. When the pergola kit is complete, we require final payment before shipping. If you are within 300 miles, we offer you our in-house, white glove delivery service. Other then that, we use Yellow Freight as our over the road trucking company.

Installation

Baldwin Pergolas are designed to be very easy to put together, but there are still difficult aspects such as using a level to determine the lengths of the posts, cutting the posts to length, drilling the concrete and anchoring the mounting brackets. If this sounds like more then you want to do, we may be able to suggest experienced pergola installers in your area.

Pergola prices

Pricing chart

Use the following chart as a guideline to learn what a Baldwin fiberglass pergola might cost.  More precise pricing can be found by designing your pergola using our custom pergola pricing tool. See Pricing link below.

Pricing of freestanding fiberglass pergolas with four columns:

Overall size Column centers Base price Shade system Site plan
12 x 12' 8 x 8' $5378* $1340 pdf
12 x 14' 8 x 10' $5806* $1470 pdf
12 x 16' 8 x 12' $6234* $1560 pdf
12 x 18' 8 x 14' $7123 $1720 pdf
12 x 20' 8 x 16' $7550 $1890 pdf
14 x 14' 10 x 10' $6300* $1730 pdf
14 x 16' 10 x 12' $7244 $1870 pdf
14 x 18' 10 x 14' $7725 $2080 pdf
14 x 20' 10 x 16' $8207 $2310 pdf
14 x 24' 10 x 20' $11139 $2730 pdf
16 x 16' 12 x 12' $7791 $1880 pdf
16 x 18' 12 x 14' $8325 $2120 pdf
16 x 20' 12 x 16' $8865 $2360 pdf
16 x 24' 12 x 20' $11903 $2940 pdf
16 x 28' 12 x 24' $13080 $3400 pdf
18 x 18' 14 x 14' $8931 $2450 pdf
18 x 20' 14 x 16' $9522 $2720 pdf
18 x 24' 14 x 20' $12669 $3350 pdf
18 x 28' 14 x 24' $13954 $3970 pdf
18 x 32' 14 x 28' $15237 $4900* pdf
20 x 20' 16 x 16' $10178 $3010 pdf
20 x 24' 16 x 20' $13434 $3530 pdf
20 x 28' 16 x 24' $14827 $4050 pdf
20 x 32' 16 x 28' $16220 $5440* pdf
20 x 36' 16 x 32' $17612 $6020* pdf

* Note: These pergolas include 10" inch diameter round columns. All other columns are 12" round.






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