Pergola / August 27, 2018 / JulietteHughes
Your pergola might be a simple feature in your garden or it might even be a more elaborate structure acting as a walkway or pathway or designed as a corner pergola. Materials to Build a Pergola Pergolas can be made of either wood stone or a combination of the two. Popular pergola structures of today feature wooden materials as they are much more affordable to construct. Weather-resistant wood will be important since this type of garden feature will most certainly be exposed to some harsh elements of weather. Western red cedar is a fantastic choice when choosing wood for your project.
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.
A pergola is a structure which creates a cool shaded and pleasant area beneath. Support columns run along the sides connecting to various types of latticed framework above. It is most common to leave the sides of the structure open while the top may be covered by a variety of plants or vines across the top. You can certainly train your plants to climb to the top of your pergola so choosing things such as roses grapes or jasmine are most appropriate. Climbing plants or vines are not a requirement however and choosing what you want your structure to look like will depend on your own personal likes. Professional pergola builders will often incorporate their structure into a trellis or gazebo offering even more accents to the garden.