Pergola / October 15, 2018 / JulietteHughes.
The pergola has evolved from its famous brick and stone posts of 19th and 20th century to modern wood designs of the 21st century. The idea of modern wood design of pergolas is its affordability and increasing popularity in modern garden designs. But because brick and stone are weather resistant hardwoods such as Western Redcedar and Coast Redwood are used instead to match with the pergolas made of brick and stone. As the normal use of a pergola is being an arbor for vines some architects introduced pergolas as a structure made as a protection from rain or direct sunlight.
Vine type plants such as grapes or hops could help cover the bleach white color of the vinyl pergola kit and add still allow you the ability to add some customized flare to your new pergola kit. If a vinyl kit is to plain for you there are also wood simulating kits that are a little more specialized but will offer a more authentic pergola appearance than the vinyl. You will most likely be slightly more limited on styles but the authentic look of your pergola kit may allow you to overlook this disadvantage. Shop Around When you are ready to make your purchase be sure to identify whether or not the style you are interested in is specific to a single company or if it a universal style that is made by many different manufacturers.
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.
In building this kind of embellishment the roof is very important because it will define what specific type of pergola you are going to build. A Pergola roof is important because it will hold the plant above the ground which is the usual purpose of pergolas. As a permanent architectural piece to a garden pergola designs have evolved throughout the centuries making it more appropriate for gardens and environmental designs. During medieval and renaissance period pergola designs were used by people making curve segments incorporated with green vines. It was usually seen in gardens of Lords living in fortresses.