Pergola / October 14, 2018 / JulietteHughes.
Building a garden pergola can be a fun and rewarding experience but there are a few things you need to know before beginning this type of do it yourself project. If done right a wooden pergola just might be the most beautiful addition to your home garden. If you enjoy building things and take interest in experimenting with home improvement and gardening projects it is time you learn about various pergola designs and understand what they can do for your garden. What is a Pergola? If you have heard of pergolas but are still not quite certain of what they are let me offer you a brief description.
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.
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.
DIY pergolas are the better choice in case you want to build a pergola in your home or garden. This is because building pergolas although it requires some construction skills is something that can be done by almost any person with average or even less average construction know-how. Also the alternative is to hire a contractor and spend twice or thrice as much! Learning how to build a pergola should not be such a hard endeavor. The information network provided by the Internet is so broad and all-encompassing that it would be difficult to not find anything about something you need to research on. And steps on how to undertake a do it yourself pergola project can be researched practically anywhere. You can use either pergola plans or pergola kits for DIY pergolas.