Pergola / August 27, 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.
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.
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.