Pergola / August 27, 2018 / JulietteHughes
DIY pergolas are the better choice in case you want to build a pergola in your home or garden. This is because building pergolas although it requires some construction skills is something that can be done by almost any person with average or even less average construction know-how. Also the alternative is to hire a contractor and spend twice or thrice as much! Learning how to build a pergola should not be such a hard endeavor. The information network provided by the Internet is so broad and all-encompassing that it would be difficult to not find anything about something you need to research on. And steps on how to undertake a do it yourself pergola project can be researched practically anywhere. You can use either pergola plans or pergola kits for DIY pergolas.
Before commencing on the project finalize first where you would like your pergola to be placed and what kind of design and style you would like it to be. Assess the prospective locations for your pergola and determine which is best by considering the piping system of your home or garden; you must avoid putting up your pergola in places where it could possibly do damage to the pipes underneath the ground. Another very important thing to consider is the purpose for your pergola. Do you want it to be an extension of your home? Do you want it to be a place for welcoming guests? Or do you want it to be your little shady haven in the middle of your garden? This should help you determine your location. Decide also on the kind of design and style of your pergola.
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.