Pergola / August 28, 2018 / JulietteHughes
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.
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.
Application of a water repellent preservative with fungicide is an excellent idea before painting because it prevents absorption of water by wood which may cause decay. Here are the steps to paint a Pergola: Remove the furniture and any decorations you may already have. If there are growing and climbing vines protect them with plastic sheets and tie them up so that they will not be in the way. Also remember to water them if the painting takes more than a few days. Wear a mask a head cover and protect your eyes with safety glasses. Also wear an apron or old clothes to protect from paint splashes.