Pergola / August 26, 2018 / JulietteHughes
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.
The plans provide step by step instructions on erecting the pergola. It makes it difficult for anything to go wrong when you have detailed plans laid out in front of you. Following the plans exactly will give you a result of a perfect pergola. Pergola kits help you save money as they provide everything you need to do it yourself. It can be daunting building something yourself but if the materials and instructions are handed to you it becomes a whole lot easier. Pergola kits are priced anywhere from $400 to over $3000 depending on type size and design. It is ideal to look through many of the designs before deciding on the right pergola kit for you. There are many websites now offering photos of the end result of their pergola kits. These sites and photos give you a great idea of what to ask for when you go out searching to buy your pergola kit.
Your wood choice is one of the primary factors in determining the longevity of your pergola. Thicker Structures: Thicker wood pergola structures tend to last longer. Make sure you have compared wood thickness and the quality before buying. Check the amount and quality of fasteners your set includes. An easy way to compare 2 similarly sized Pergolas is to compare shipping weight. Shipping weight is an authentic indicator of the heft of competing products. Notching: Another important point to consider is notching. Notched pergolas last for longer times and have greater wind resistance capacity.