Pergola / August 28, 2018 / JulietteHughes
You can generally save more by using plans rather than kits. However when you use plans you still have to buy the materials and tools from the materials list that accompanies the plan. In this case the materials you will buy are not yet fitted so you will have to cut and shape them yourself. But if this is not an issue with you because you are fairly skilled and have the basic tools then using plans would be very cost-efficient. Kits on the other hand cost a lot more than plans. If you have below average skills you might want to spend on a pergola kit. The kits will already come with a detailed how to instruction list basic tools and cut or shaped materials that are supposed to fit perfectly when assembled correctly.
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.
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.