Pergola / October 19, 2018 / JulietteHughes.
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.
Look for pergola manufacturers that have been in the business for at least five years. The advantage of choosing such a manufacturer is that they can be more reliable in terms of fulfilling their product warranty or helping you with replacement parts at any time. Avoid Sizing Errors: Since most Pergola buyers are one time buyers many sizing errors are common. For example a common mistake is to assume the positioning of the 4 corner posts is the size of the pergola being offered. For instance if the four corner posts of a pergola are expected to sit on the corner of your brand new concrete pad that is 10 x 12 and purchase a 10 x 12 pergola you will discover on receiving your pergola kit that the posts are set at 8 x 10 to the outside corners.
The choice of materials to cover or roof the pergola depends on the buyers instincts as to the choices for durability permanency and availability. In tropical Australia zinc-galvanized corrugated sheets do not reflect infrared or ultraviolet much. White roofs reflect better. White or soft shades are better colors for a cool roof. As the Earth seeks to get greener the best choice of course is to enjoy traditional open roofed pergolas. Painting your Pergola Anything that is exposed to the harsh elements of nature will eventually need protection. Painting is one of the best ways to provide this protection.
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.