Pergola / August 26, 2018 / JulietteHughes
DIY pergolas are the better choice in case you want to build a pergola in your home or garden. This is because building pergolas although it requires some construction skills is something that can be done by almost any person with average or even less average construction know-how. Also the alternative is to hire a contractor and spend twice or thrice as much! Learning how to build a pergola should not be such a hard endeavor. The information network provided by the Internet is so broad and all-encompassing that it would be difficult to not find anything about something you need to research on. And steps on how to undertake a do it yourself pergola project can be researched practically anywhere. You can use either pergola plans or pergola kits for DIY pergolas.
To paint a pergola for lasting protection it is important to follow the traditional procedures such as preparing the surface which include removing old paint using sandpaper to permit absorption and applying preservative towards the end of the painting. Preparation of the surface is very important before painting as it decides how much time the effect of painting will last. Any remnants of oil or dirt on the surface of the wood should be removed thoroughly. Using sand paper with 50-60 grit create an appropriate surface for good absorption of paint. If the wood is more than two weeks old or if it had been lying outside in rain sanding brushing and cleaning becomes essential.
The choice of materials to cover or roof the pergola depends on the buyers instincts as to the choices for durability permanency and availability. In tropical Australia zinc-galvanized corrugated sheets do not reflect infrared or ultraviolet much. White roofs reflect better. White or soft shades are better colors for a cool roof. As the Earth seeks to get greener the best choice of course is to enjoy traditional open roofed pergolas. Painting your Pergola Anything that is exposed to the harsh elements of nature will eventually need protection. Painting is one of the best ways to provide this protection.