Pergola / August 25, 2018 / JulietteHughes
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.
You can generally save more by using plans rather than kits. However when you use plans you still have to buy the materials and tools from the materials list that accompanies the plan. In this case the materials you will buy are not yet fitted so you will have to cut and shape them yourself. But if this is not an issue with you because you are fairly skilled and have the basic tools then using plans would be very cost-efficient. Kits on the other hand cost a lot more than plans. If you have below average skills you might want to spend on a pergola kit. The kits will already come with a detailed how to instruction list basic tools and cut or shaped materials that are supposed to fit perfectly when assembled correctly.
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.