Pergola / August 26, 2018 / JulietteHughes
More and more people are building pergolas in their home but many people are not aware of the ways you can save money and time particularly with regards to use pergola kits. Pergola kits cut out the problem of researching finding and buying all of your own materials for the pergola. The pergola kits are equipped with everything you will require to build your pergola including everything already cut to size. It can be confusing tracking down all the materials you need and often people forget one or two things which can hold the whole project up. Instead pergola kits provide it all for you so you can get on with getting that pergola built sooner. Not only do you receive materials in your pergola kit you also receive the plans for the pergola.
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.
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.