For those who are not confident of installing their own pergola using the kits, a contractor can be hired. The kit contains the various materials, plans, and guidelines to install the patio cover. When the kit has been received it is a good idea to know the rates from various contractors. When an idea is obtained, along with the cost of the material that is included in the kit, it would be easier to compare the cost of installing the patio cover. This will give a good idea of how much is saved on the installation of the patio cover.