Pergola / August 26, 2018 / JulietteHughes
Any garden with a pergola in it would easily be found to be more attractive than a garden without. The reason for this is that a pergola adds a lot of value to a garden. The main purpose of a pergola is to provide the kind of peace and tranquility that draws people together. Hence a pergola can be a wonderful addition to your garden because it will act as a perfect gathering point for your family members friends and neighbors. Furthermore in terms of investment value building pergolas for your garden can also be very advantageous because a house with a pergola goes for a lot more than a house without.
A pergola is a structure which creates a cool shaded and pleasant area beneath. Support columns run along the sides connecting to various types of latticed framework above. It is most common to leave the sides of the structure open while the top may be covered by a variety of plants or vines across the top. You can certainly train your plants to climb to the top of your pergola so choosing things such as roses grapes or jasmine are most appropriate. Climbing plants or vines are not a requirement however and choosing what you want your structure to look like will depend on your own personal likes. Professional pergola builders will often incorporate their structure into a trellis or gazebo offering even more accents to the garden.
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.