Pergola / August 24, 2018 / JulietteHughes
The pergola has evolved from its famous brick and stone posts of 19th and 20th century to modern wood designs of the 21st century. The idea of modern wood design of pergolas is its affordability and increasing popularity in modern garden designs. But because brick and stone are weather resistant hardwoods such as Western Redcedar and Coast Redwood are used instead to match with the pergolas made of brick and stone. As the normal use of a pergola is being an arbor for vines some architects introduced pergolas as a structure made as a protection from rain or direct sunlight.
Traditional pergolas can be transformed into modern style by replacing its roofing with transparent materials. There are several transparent materials which can be used as roofing such as Plexiglas sheets complete-transparent covers and glass panels. Plexiglas sheets can be used if you want protection from rain and direct sunlight without heating the sitting area of the pergola. Complete-transparent covers are used if you want to keep the traditional style of your pergola but still provide the protection you need from rain. On the other hand the glass panels can be used if your pergola is located in an open area without worrying about falling tree branches or fruits.
A major advantage of using vining plants as shade is that they would offer more shade during summer and less during winter. Materials: Like size the material used for manufacturing pergolas also has a significant impact on their costs. If you are ready to make a big investment you should opt for pieces boasting wood works. The most frequently used wood type for this purpose is cedar. Individuals with limited budget should opt for the ones made using vinyl. Individuals looking for smaller pieces however can purchase aluminum pergolas. Shape: Your pergola plans would remain incomplete if you do not decide on its shape.