Pergola / August 26, 2018 / JulietteHughes
Choosing Your Pergola Kit Simply pick your style material and size and you will be enjoying the relaxing shade of your very own pergola. A quick browse through our section could help inspire you to invest your very own kit. There are some differences in kits though and you should know what to look for when choosing. The most common style is the vinyl pergola kit. Vinyl pergolas are all white and offer the greatest variation in style because they are the least expensive. Vinyl pergolas are great for people who may be relocating their pergola after a short period or who are looking to cover the material with plants such as vines.
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.
Anyone who experiments with woodworking projects knows how difficult and time consuming DIY projects can be without good blueprints or plans to follow. This is why I highly suggest taking the time to do some research and obtain a good set of plans for your project. Plans with clear step by step instructions accompanied by photos will make a do it yourself pergola project much easier in the long run. Pergolas create that outdoor living area youve always wanted without spending a fortune. They provide a great spot to entertain or just relax in the sun with a book.