Pergola / October 13, 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.
2. Do the pergola plans take into account the sun? Since the purpose of the pergola is to protect people under it it is crucial that you take into account the path that the sun takes when it goes over your garden. If you want it to catch the sun you will still have to take the path of the sun into account. Therefore you should only approve the location of the pergola after you have confirmed that the suns path has been analyzed. 3. What materials do the pergola designs specify? Traditionally wood is regarded to be the best material for building pergolas. The reason for this is the fact that wood pergolas turn out to be cheaper than pergolas made from other materials.
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.
Plastic and Fibreglass Another variation of roofing for pergolas includes using plastic or fibreglass. The advantage of these options is that they are lightweight and inexpensive. They may also be easily cut to size and allows the light to filter in depending on the colour of the roof. They also protect the pergola from the harsher elements of the weather including the rain and snow. Also ultraviolet radiation may be reduced when using these two options. Although plastic may not be a green choice Fibreglass can be manufactured from recycled materials. Polycarbonate Polycarbonates are thermoplastic polymers which can be easily moulded and has a high impact resistance along with other advantages such as heat resistance ease of shaping flame retardancy and toughness.