Pergola / August 26, 2018 / JulietteHughes
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.
The shape of pergolas tends to vary depending on the area they cover. Some pergola kits come with extensions that can be used for modifying the shape when required. Pergolas have been used in dwellings for centuries classically to add a shaded walkway to link pavilions or to allow a sitting area which allows the breeze and sun to filter through. This amazing addition to a home will not only add to comfort it can be an attractive bonus to the resale value of the home. Any open space around the home may be used as an invitation for a pergola. Over the years pergola structures have adapted to the area so that there is a large variety in designs.
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.