What is the cheapest way to recover a pergola?

I have a covered pergola that has a clear corragated plastic on it. I tried to power wash it clean but it is still ugly. What would be a cheap replacement.
q what is the cheapest way to recover a pergola
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  • Dori B Dori B on Mar 20, 2018
    For sunlight ... I'd cover it with White PVC latticework ... it's easy to clean and stays new looking for a long time. If you don't care about the light coming through, cover it all with wood or corrugated aluminum and install lighting and a fan. Add some potted plants a nice rug and comfy furniture and you have an outdoor summer room.
  • Joyce Scott Joyce Scott on Mar 20, 2018
    I am assuming you still wish for it to catch most water. I would suggest calling your local home improvement center with the area you desire to cover. They will be able to inform you concerning the the diverse materials available AND tell you an estimated expense for the material you choose, fairly quickly.

  • Linda kelley Linda kelley on Mar 20, 2018
    I have a pergola I made a couple of years ago. I put shade cloth on top. I wanted it to be removable if needed.I started on one side, going up and under the slats on top.I skipped every other slat. I have huge gust and this never moved, it was perfect. It provided great shade. I purchased mine through Walmart.com but you can find in home improvement stores in garden dept.

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    • Linda kelley Linda kelley on Mar 22, 2018
      Hi Joyce. The shade fabric is marvelous. Rain, High Temps in 120's...doesn't bother it. A little bit of rain comes through, but not much at all. It's tightly woven and yet it keeps the area a lot cooler than what you previously used.
  • Rut15636818 Rut15636818 on Mar 21, 2018
    Hello...i've wondered about the pros and cons and this very situation you find yourself in myself with plans to build one....and keeping the advantages of rain water into a barrel....
    If the roof you have still serves a purpose and is still weather proof wise ... ...and it's just the look of it from underneath...and it sounds like you are ok about "covering it" and you like the idea of sun filtering through...
    A) sunlight required ?
    that fleece you get from gardening centers....? but embellish upon somehow..? with a sewing machine and star shapes daisy shapes etc...even dye.... and a curtain cable type mechanism to fold it away in winter windy weather...or another damp mold proof appropriate fabric..to your budget and taste...that you could bung in the wash now and then.
    B) sunshine not necessary ?
    well...you seem to have sturdy solid wooden beams to fix any of those fairly cheap... roll out bamboo/rush etc fences on without sagging. The edges can be neatened up with real small bamboo canes or large ones sawn in half....( i've done this inside my house ) it's affordable and instant yet impactful too...if you like the rustic straw house look :)
    The other thought i have is...as crazy as it sounds is green astro turf!
    both these sort of still bring the garden in...even if the sun out....but water in a garden barrel. And a solid.. extra place in the evening with indoor lighting free of fuss..in all weathers.
  • Tcs Tcs on Mar 21, 2018
    How about an old tin roof? You can't beat the way they patina.
  • Mary Coakley Mary Coakley on Mar 21, 2018
    You could use perpex it let's the light in and retains heat
  • Mcgypsy9 Mcgypsy9 on Mar 22, 2018
    Since there is nothing wrong with what you have exceptthat it’s unglued to you, get some foam board and cut them to snugly fit each section. You can leave it white or you can paint it a solid color or even paint a design on it. You will still have the roof that is much needed and if any of the panels get wet, they are pretty much waterproof but if they do get wet, just replace it.