Pergola / October 17, 2018 / JulietteHughes.
Although in earlier times pergolas were constructed using brick and stone pillars modern designs employ weather resistant woods such as western red cedar or coast redwood. Pergola roofs may range from simple flat traditional roof elaborately curved roof pitched roof gabled roof or a gazebo style roof. Roofing materials There is a variety of materials that may be used to roof a pergola. The choice of roofing materials depend on the size shape and style of the structure. The durability and robustness of the construction depends on the materials that are selected for this purpose.
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.
Application of a water repellent preservative with fungicide is an excellent idea before painting because it prevents absorption of water by wood which may cause decay. Here are the steps to paint a Pergola: Remove the furniture and any decorations you may already have. If there are growing and climbing vines protect them with plastic sheets and tie them up so that they will not be in the way. Also remember to water them if the painting takes more than a few days. Wear a mask a head cover and protect your eyes with safety glasses. Also wear an apron or old clothes to protect from paint splashes.
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.