Pergola / October 18, 2018 / JulietteHughes.
Your first real decision is how long youd like the structure to last. Once you determine this see if the manufacturer has warranties that match your requirements. If so then you can move on to thinking about size and design and the orientation of your pergola. Most reputable pergola manufacturers will allow you to send in pictures of your backyard. They will also allow you to ask any questions regarding the product and its installation procedures. A good percentage of pergola installation requires some customization. Take the time to make your investment in an arched pergola fruitful by taking a few minutes to make sure the dimensions and the positioning is thought out.
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.
The shape of pergolas tends to vary depending on the area they cover. Some pergola kits come with extensions that can be used for modifying the shape when required. Pergolas have been used in dwellings for centuries classically to add a shaded walkway to link pavilions or to allow a sitting area which allows the breeze and sun to filter through. This amazing addition to a home will not only add to comfort it can be an attractive bonus to the resale value of the home. Any open space around the home may be used as an invitation for a pergola. Over the years pergola structures have adapted to the area so that there is a large variety in designs.
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.