Pergola / August 28, 2018 / JulietteHughes
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.
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.