Pergola / August 25, 2018 / JulietteHughes
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.
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.
The reason is pergolas are always sized based on their roof size. And in most cases pergolas are recessed back from the roof edge anywhere from 8 inches to a couple of feet depending on the design (commonly 12"). Custom design or sizing can be a good idea to get a suitable pergola for your place. Look for manufacturers that insist on shop drawings prior to building and take the time to check everything repeatedly and make sure that all measurement and details are agreed to in writing ahead of delivery time. Assembly required/Assembly Instructions: Make sure you have collected assembly instructions from the manufacturers.