Pergola / August 26, 2018 / JulietteHughes
Kits are a great way to get started with your pergola construction with the least amount of funds or labor. People looking to add a pergola to their property while remaining price conscious will most likely opt to purchase a pergola kit instead of designing planning and constructing a pergola from scratch. There are many advantages to kits and if you are willing to hand over the design and style to a manufacturer. They are standardized designs that are prepackaged and shipped conveniently to simply be installed by the recipient. There is no time wasted searching for the correct materials or following construction schematics.
Look for pergola manufacturers that have been in the business for at least five years. The advantage of choosing such a manufacturer is that they can be more reliable in terms of fulfilling their product warranty or helping you with replacement parts at any time. Avoid Sizing Errors: Since most Pergola buyers are one time buyers many sizing errors are common. For example a common mistake is to assume the positioning of the 4 corner posts is the size of the pergola being offered. For instance if the four corner posts of a pergola are expected to sit on the corner of your brand new concrete pad that is 10 x 12 and purchase a 10 x 12 pergola you will discover on receiving your pergola kit that the posts are set at 8 x 10 to the outside corners.
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.