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.
Traditional pergolas can be transformed into modern style by replacing its roofing with transparent materials. There are several transparent materials which can be used as roofing such as Plexiglas sheets complete-transparent covers and glass panels. Plexiglas sheets can be used if you want protection from rain and direct sunlight without heating the sitting area of the pergola. Complete-transparent covers are used if you want to keep the traditional style of your pergola but still provide the protection you need from rain. On the other hand the glass panels can be used if your pergola is located in an open area without worrying about falling tree branches or fruits.
You can generally save more by using plans rather than kits. However when you use plans you still have to buy the materials and tools from the materials list that accompanies the plan. In this case the materials you will buy are not yet fitted so you will have to cut and shape them yourself. But if this is not an issue with you because you are fairly skilled and have the basic tools then using plans would be very cost-efficient. Kits on the other hand cost a lot more than plans. If you have below average skills you might want to spend on a pergola kit. The kits will already come with a detailed how to instruction list basic tools and cut or shaped materials that are supposed to fit perfectly when assembled correctly.