Pergola / August 28, 2018 / JulietteHughes
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.
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.
Vine type plants such as grapes or hops could help cover the bleach white color of the vinyl pergola kit and add still allow you the ability to add some customized flare to your new pergola kit. If a vinyl kit is to plain for you there are also wood simulating kits that are a little more specialized but will offer a more authentic pergola appearance than the vinyl. You will most likely be slightly more limited on styles but the authentic look of your pergola kit may allow you to overlook this disadvantage. Shop Around When you are ready to make your purchase be sure to identify whether or not the style you are interested in is specific to a single company or if it a universal style that is made by many different manufacturers.