Pergola / August 27, 2018 / JulietteHughes
Kits are a great way to get started with your pergola construction with the least amount of funds or labor. People looking to add a pergola to their property while remaining price conscious will most likely opt to purchase a pergola kit instead of designing planning and constructing a pergola from scratch. There are many advantages to kits and if you are willing to hand over the design and style to a manufacturer. They are standardized designs that are prepackaged and shipped conveniently to simply be installed by the recipient. There is no time wasted searching for the correct materials or following construction schematics.
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.
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.