Pergola / August 27, 2018 / JulietteHughes
Anyone who experiments with woodworking projects knows how difficult and time consuming DIY projects can be without good blueprints or plans to follow. This is why I highly suggest taking the time to do some research and obtain a good set of plans for your project. Plans with clear step by step instructions accompanied by photos will make a do it yourself pergola project much easier in the long run. Pergolas create that outdoor living area youve always wanted without spending a fortune. They provide a great spot to entertain or just relax in the sun with a book.
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.
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.