Pergola / August 20, 2018 / JulietteHughes
The pergola has evolved from its famous brick and stone posts of 19th and 20th century to modern wood designs of the 21st century. The idea of modern wood design of pergolas is its affordability and increasing popularity in modern garden designs. But because brick and stone are weather resistant hardwoods such as Western Redcedar and Coast Redwood are used instead to match with the pergolas made of brick and stone. As the normal use of a pergola is being an arbor for vines some architects introduced pergolas as a structure made as a protection from rain or direct sunlight.
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.
Other than deciding on the pergola type you must consider a few other factors while drafting pergola plans. Read through the pointers below to know about those factors: Size: You will first need to find out how much area of the yard you can dedicate to a pergola. The price of a pergola is directly proportional to its size. This means your budget is one of the primary factors to consider while deciding on the size of the pergola. Shade: Based on your preferences you can pick pergola designs that either come with a little shade or a lot of it. The shading can be increased later using vining vegetation.