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.
The plans provide step by step instructions on erecting the pergola. It makes it difficult for anything to go wrong when you have detailed plans laid out in front of you. Following the plans exactly will give you a result of a perfect pergola. Pergola kits help you save money as they provide everything you need to do it yourself. It can be daunting building something yourself but if the materials and instructions are handed to you it becomes a whole lot easier. Pergola kits are priced anywhere from $400 to over $3000 depending on type size and design. It is ideal to look through many of the designs before deciding on the right pergola kit for you. There are many websites now offering photos of the end result of their pergola kits. These sites and photos give you a great idea of what to ask for when you go out searching to buy your pergola kit.
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.