Pergola / October 18, 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.
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.
Although in earlier times pergolas were constructed using brick and stone pillars modern designs employ weather resistant woods such as western red cedar or coast redwood. Pergola roofs may range from simple flat traditional roof elaborately curved roof pitched roof gabled roof or a gazebo style roof. Roofing materials There is a variety of materials that may be used to roof a pergola. The choice of roofing materials depend on the size shape and style of the structure. The durability and robustness of the construction depends on the materials that are selected for this purpose.
Also any iron fittings may rust and cause red stains which may react with other pigments or stains. To prevent this stainless steel nails may be used and a constant vigil kept to encourage the Pergola to stay dry. A commercial mildew remover or other multi-purpose cleaners and help keep the roof spotless. Stains that are caused by the reaction of water deposits on the wood may also be removed by washing it with cleaners. Chalking is another form of discoloration which is caused by weathering of paint or disintegrating of pigment particles which appear as a powder.