Pergola / October 18, 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.
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.
Usually they are used for generating a fascinating visual transition within the yard. They are more attractive and creative alternatives to the fence gates. If you want to further enhance their looks you can use climbing plants such as clematis ivy or roses for decorating them. The basic features of the walkway pergolas are similar to that of their entryway counterparts. However unlike an entryway pergola which is generally placed near the door a walkway pergola is placed along a path within the yard or a sidewalk. There are some who use them for adding drama to their yard. Some on the other hand use them for creating functional coverings for pools gardens or garage walks.