Pergola / August 28, 2018 / JulietteHughes
Those made of wood are the most common but there are also plans and kits available for vinyl and aluminum materials. Wooden pergolas easily offer a natural and more relaxing environment compared to vinyl and aluminum. On the other hand the latter are easier to maintain and are more durable in a humid environment. You can style your pergola to complement the atmosphere or theme of your home or style it to make it stand out. Indeed DIY pergolas are within your capabilities as long as you have sufficiently committed yourself and your resources to the project. A well-put up and well-maintained pergola is an asset to any home or garden.
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.