Pergola / August 24, 2018 / JulietteHughes
A pergola is a structure which creates a cool shaded and pleasant area beneath. Support columns run along the sides connecting to various types of latticed framework above. It is most common to leave the sides of the structure open while the top may be covered by a variety of plants or vines across the top. You can certainly train your plants to climb to the top of your pergola so choosing things such as roses grapes or jasmine are most appropriate. Climbing plants or vines are not a requirement however and choosing what you want your structure to look like will depend on your own personal likes. Professional pergola builders will often incorporate their structure into a trellis or gazebo offering even more accents to the garden.
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.