Pergola / August 26, 2018 / JulietteHughes
Your wood choice is one of the primary factors in determining the longevity of your pergola. Thicker Structures: Thicker wood pergola structures tend to last longer. Make sure you have compared wood thickness and the quality before buying. Check the amount and quality of fasteners your set includes. An easy way to compare 2 similarly sized Pergolas is to compare shipping weight. Shipping weight is an authentic indicator of the heft of competing products. Notching: Another important point to consider is notching. Notched pergolas last for longer times and have greater wind resistance capacity.
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.
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.