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.
Usually they are used for generating a fascinating visual transition within the yard. They are more attractive and creative alternatives to the fence gates. If you want to further enhance their looks you can use climbing plants such as clematis ivy or roses for decorating them. The basic features of the walkway pergolas are similar to that of their entryway counterparts. However unlike an entryway pergola which is generally placed near the door a walkway pergola is placed along a path within the yard or a sidewalk. There are some who use them for adding drama to their yard. Some on the other hand use them for creating functional coverings for pools gardens or garage walks.
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.