Pergola / August 25, 2018 / JulietteHughes
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.
Your wood choice is one of the primary factors in determining the longevity of your pergola. Thicker Structures: Thicker wood pergola structures tend to last longer. Make sure you have compared wood thickness and the quality before buying. Check the amount and quality of fasteners your set includes. An easy way to compare 2 similarly sized Pergolas is to compare shipping weight. Shipping weight is an authentic indicator of the heft of competing products. Notching: Another important point to consider is notching. Notched pergolas last for longer times and have greater wind resistance capacity.
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.