Pergola / August 26, 2018 / JulietteHughes
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.
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.