Pergola / August 24, 2018 / JulietteHughes
Choose the right material ii) Go for thicker structures iii) Notching and Hardware iv) Do not ignore your local weather v) Get details of manufacturers warranty vi) Reduce sizing errors to zero vii) Amount of Assembly Required Right Material: Ensure that you have chosen a pergola that will continue to look beautiful for ten years or more. The right choice of material is a key point. Most arched pergolas are built from Wood Steel/Aluminum Concrete or PVC/Vinyl. Among them wood is the most reliable and popular material. However given a vast array of wood types which include California Redwood Teak Cedar and Imported Hardwoods among others buyers easily can get confused as to which of them would be best for their situation.
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.
Furthermore wood is the most organic material that you will find for building pergolas. Other materials that people have been known to use include vinyl and aluminum. 4. Have the pergola plans been made to scale? Depending upon your garden the size of the pergola would also vary. It would be entirely pointless if you end up with a pergola too big or too small because it would fail to serve its primary purpose. Hence make sure that the size of the pergola corresponds to the size of your garden before giving the go ahead for its construction. 5. Which shape do the pergola plans give your pergola? Finally you will also have to make a choice between different shapes of the pergola.