Pergola / August 28, 2018 / JulietteHughes
Your pergola might be a simple feature in your garden or it might even be a more elaborate structure acting as a walkway or pathway or designed as a corner pergola. Materials to Build a Pergola Pergolas can be made of either wood stone or a combination of the two. Popular pergola structures of today feature wooden materials as they are much more affordable to construct. Weather-resistant wood will be important since this type of garden feature will most certainly be exposed to some harsh elements of weather. Western red cedar is a fantastic choice when choosing wood for your project.
A pergola is a structure which creates a cool shaded and pleasant area beneath. Support columns run along the sides connecting to various types of latticed framework above. It is most common to leave the sides of the structure open while the top may be covered by a variety of plants or vines across the top. You can certainly train your plants to climb to the top of your pergola so choosing things such as roses grapes or jasmine are most appropriate. Climbing plants or vines are not a requirement however and choosing what you want your structure to look like will depend on your own personal likes. Professional pergola builders will often incorporate their structure into a trellis or gazebo offering even more accents to the garden.
Plastic and Fibreglass Another variation of roofing for pergolas includes using plastic or fibreglass. The advantage of these options is that they are lightweight and inexpensive. They may also be easily cut to size and allows the light to filter in depending on the colour of the roof. They also protect the pergola from the harsher elements of the weather including the rain and snow. Also ultraviolet radiation may be reduced when using these two options. Although plastic may not be a green choice Fibreglass can be manufactured from recycled materials. Polycarbonate Polycarbonates are thermoplastic polymers which can be easily moulded and has a high impact resistance along with other advantages such as heat resistance ease of shaping flame retardancy and toughness.