Pergola / August 26, 2018 / JulietteHughes
You can generally save more by using plans rather than kits. However when you use plans you still have to buy the materials and tools from the materials list that accompanies the plan. In this case the materials you will buy are not yet fitted so you will have to cut and shape them yourself. But if this is not an issue with you because you are fairly skilled and have the basic tools then using plans would be very cost-efficient. Kits on the other hand cost a lot more than plans. If you have below average skills you might want to spend on a pergola kit. The kits will already come with a detailed how to instruction list basic tools and cut or shaped materials that are supposed to fit perfectly when assembled correctly.
Plastic and Fibreglass Another variation of roofing for pergolas includes using plastic or fibreglass. The advantage of these options is that they are lightweight and inexpensive. They may also be easily cut to size and allows the light to filter in depending on the colour of the roof. They also protect the pergola from the harsher elements of the weather including the rain and snow. Also ultraviolet radiation may be reduced when using these two options. Although plastic may not be a green choice Fibreglass can be manufactured from recycled materials. Polycarbonate Polycarbonates are thermoplastic polymers which can be easily moulded and has a high impact resistance along with other advantages such as heat resistance ease of shaping flame retardancy and toughness.
Usually you can ask for and receive them via email prior to purchasing to see how much work you are in for. Most pergola kits are single day installs. If they are fully erected in the shop prior to shipping out you should be confident to install them properly. Insist on assembly instructions prior to buying and ask if there is any carpentry work you must do on your end or not. The best kits are just like giant Lego sets that you just have to re-erect: no sanding sealing cutting or drilling needed. Pergolas made of quality timber tend to be a bit costlier than those made from less decay resistant woods.