Pergola / August 28, 2018 / JulietteHughes
To paint a pergola for lasting protection it is important to follow the traditional procedures such as preparing the surface which include removing old paint using sandpaper to permit absorption and applying preservative towards the end of the painting. Preparation of the surface is very important before painting as it decides how much time the effect of painting will last. Any remnants of oil or dirt on the surface of the wood should be removed thoroughly. Using sand paper with 50-60 grit create an appropriate surface for good absorption of paint. If the wood is more than two weeks old or if it had been lying outside in rain sanding brushing and cleaning becomes essential.
Vine type plants such as grapes or hops could help cover the bleach white color of the vinyl pergola kit and add still allow you the ability to add some customized flare to your new pergola kit. If a vinyl kit is to plain for you there are also wood simulating kits that are a little more specialized but will offer a more authentic pergola appearance than the vinyl. You will most likely be slightly more limited on styles but the authentic look of your pergola kit may allow you to overlook this disadvantage. Shop Around When you are ready to make your purchase be sure to identify whether or not the style you are interested in is specific to a single company or if it a universal style that is made by many different manufacturers.
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.