Pergola / October 14, 2018 / JulietteHughes.
Other than deciding on the pergola type you must consider a few other factors while drafting pergola plans. Read through the pointers below to know about those factors: Size: You will first need to find out how much area of the yard you can dedicate to a pergola. The price of a pergola is directly proportional to its size. This means your budget is one of the primary factors to consider while deciding on the size of the pergola. Shade: Based on your preferences you can pick pergola designs that either come with a little shade or a lot of it. The shading can be increased later using vining vegetation.
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.
Choose the right material ii) Go for thicker structures iii) Notching and Hardware iv) Do not ignore your local weather v) Get details of manufacturers warranty vi) Reduce sizing errors to zero vii) Amount of Assembly Required Right Material: Ensure that you have chosen a pergola that will continue to look beautiful for ten years or more. The right choice of material is a key point. Most arched pergolas are built from Wood Steel/Aluminum Concrete or PVC/Vinyl. Among them wood is the most reliable and popular material. However given a vast array of wood types which include California Redwood Teak Cedar and Imported Hardwoods among others buyers easily can get confused as to which of them would be best for their situation.