Pergola / August 27, 2018 / JulietteHughes
Choose the right material ii) Go for thicker structures iii) Notching and Hardware iv) Do not ignore your local weather v) Get details of manufacturers warranty vi) Reduce sizing errors to zero vii) Amount of Assembly Required Right Material: Ensure that you have chosen a pergola that will continue to look beautiful for ten years or more. The right choice of material is a key point. Most arched pergolas are built from Wood Steel/Aluminum Concrete or PVC/Vinyl. Among them wood is the most reliable and popular material. However given a vast array of wood types which include California Redwood Teak Cedar and Imported Hardwoods among others buyers easily can get confused as to which of them would be best for their situation.
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.
To paint a pergola for lasting protection it is important to follow the traditional procedures such as preparing the surface which include removing old paint using sandpaper to permit absorption and applying preservative towards the end of the painting. Preparation of the surface is very important before painting as it decides how much time the effect of painting will last. Any remnants of oil or dirt on the surface of the wood should be removed thoroughly. Using sand paper with 50-60 grit create an appropriate surface for good absorption of paint. If the wood is more than two weeks old or if it had been lying outside in rain sanding brushing and cleaning becomes essential.