Pergola / August 27, 2018 / JulietteHughes
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.
Look for pergola manufacturers that have been in the business for at least five years. The advantage of choosing such a manufacturer is that they can be more reliable in terms of fulfilling their product warranty or helping you with replacement parts at any time. Avoid Sizing Errors: Since most Pergola buyers are one time buyers many sizing errors are common. For example a common mistake is to assume the positioning of the 4 corner posts is the size of the pergola being offered. For instance if the four corner posts of a pergola are expected to sit on the corner of your brand new concrete pad that is 10 x 12 and purchase a 10 x 12 pergola you will discover on receiving your pergola kit that the posts are set at 8 x 10 to the outside corners.