Pergola / August 24, 2018 / JulietteHughes
The pergola has evolved from its famous brick and stone posts of 19th and 20th century to modern wood designs of the 21st century. The idea of modern wood design of pergolas is its affordability and increasing popularity in modern garden designs. But because brick and stone are weather resistant hardwoods such as Western Redcedar and Coast Redwood are used instead to match with the pergolas made of brick and stone. As the normal use of a pergola is being an arbor for vines some architects introduced pergolas as a structure made as a protection from rain or direct sunlight.
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.