Pergola / August 27, 2018 / JulietteHughes
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.
This type of wood is easy to use easy to maintain looks beautiful is extremely durable and even gives off a pleasant aroma. Youll find that todays most top rated pergola kits will feature western red cedar. My personal preference is to build a cedar pergola but you may choose to construct an aluminum pergola vinyl pergola or an iron or metal pergola. Again this will be determined by how you want to incorporate the structure into your own garden focusing on each particular garden and pergola style. The Importance of High Quality Pergola Plans The last thing I would like to focus on is the importance of following high quality and detailed pergola plans.
A pergola is a structure which creates a cool shaded and pleasant area beneath. Support columns run along the sides connecting to various types of latticed framework above. It is most common to leave the sides of the structure open while the top may be covered by a variety of plants or vines across the top. You can certainly train your plants to climb to the top of your pergola so choosing things such as roses grapes or jasmine are most appropriate. Climbing plants or vines are not a requirement however and choosing what you want your structure to look like will depend on your own personal likes. Professional pergola builders will often incorporate their structure into a trellis or gazebo offering even more accents to the garden.