Pergola / August 26, 2018 / JulietteHughes
Traditional pergolas can be transformed into modern style by replacing its roofing with transparent materials. There are several transparent materials which can be used as roofing such as Plexiglas sheets complete-transparent covers and glass panels. Plexiglas sheets can be used if you want protection from rain and direct sunlight without heating the sitting area of the pergola. Complete-transparent covers are used if you want to keep the traditional style of your pergola but still provide the protection you need from rain. On the other hand the glass panels can be used if your pergola is located in an open area without worrying about falling tree branches or fruits.
So while buying wooden pergolas ask their manufacturers if they are partially notched or fully notched. Buyers should be aware that notching creates interlocking joints and this fortifies the structure. Also notching insures that all your timbers stay straight and true over the decades because they cannot move. Most manufacturers skimp on notching partially or completely to reduce their construction costs and will tell you that hardware will take care of the issue. It does not. If just one of your Pergolas timbers has hidden stresses in it (quite common) as it weathers over the years it will turn twist or sag.
This does not mean that any type of pergola would be effective. Instead you will have to be careful of what kind of pergola designs you approve of for your garden. Consider the following. 1. What is the exact location of the pergola as per the pergola designs? One of the very common designing flaws with regard to pergolas is that people do not pay attention to the location of various utilities in their gardens. Ideally your pergola should not be built upon any kind of utility related equipment. In fact your pergola should not even be built upon underground piping let alone over ground equipment.