Pergola / August 25, 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.
2. Do the pergola plans take into account the sun? Since the purpose of the pergola is to protect people under it it is crucial that you take into account the path that the sun takes when it goes over your garden. If you want it to catch the sun you will still have to take the path of the sun into account. Therefore you should only approve the location of the pergola after you have confirmed that the suns path has been analyzed. 3. What materials do the pergola designs specify? Traditionally wood is regarded to be the best material for building pergolas. The reason for this is the fact that wood pergolas turn out to be cheaper than pergolas made from other materials.