Pergola / August 25, 2018 / JulietteHughes
To paint a pergola for lasting protection it is important to follow the traditional procedures such as preparing the surface which include removing old paint using sandpaper to permit absorption and applying preservative towards the end of the painting. Preparation of the surface is very important before painting as it decides how much time the effect of painting will last. Any remnants of oil or dirt on the surface of the wood should be removed thoroughly. Using sand paper with 50-60 grit create an appropriate surface for good absorption of paint. If the wood is more than two weeks old or if it had been lying outside in rain sanding brushing and cleaning becomes essential.
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.
A major advantage of using vining plants as shade is that they would offer more shade during summer and less during winter. Materials: Like size the material used for manufacturing pergolas also has a significant impact on their costs. If you are ready to make a big investment you should opt for pieces boasting wood works. The most frequently used wood type for this purpose is cedar. Individuals with limited budget should opt for the ones made using vinyl. Individuals looking for smaller pieces however can purchase aluminum pergolas. Shape: Your pergola plans would remain incomplete if you do not decide on its shape.