Pergola / August 27, 2018 / JulietteHughes
Usually you can ask for and receive them via email prior to purchasing to see how much work you are in for. Most pergola kits are single day installs. If they are fully erected in the shop prior to shipping out you should be confident to install them properly. Insist on assembly instructions prior to buying and ask if there is any carpentry work you must do on your end or not. The best kits are just like giant Lego sets that you just have to re-erect: no sanding sealing cutting or drilling needed. Pergolas made of quality timber tend to be a bit costlier than those made from less decay resistant woods.
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.
Furthermore wood is the most organic material that you will find for building pergolas. Other materials that people have been known to use include vinyl and aluminum. 4. Have the pergola plans been made to scale? Depending upon your garden the size of the pergola would also vary. It would be entirely pointless if you end up with a pergola too big or too small because it would fail to serve its primary purpose. Hence make sure that the size of the pergola corresponds to the size of your garden before giving the go ahead for its construction. 5. Which shape do the pergola plans give your pergola? Finally you will also have to make a choice between different shapes of the pergola.