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What materials do the pergola designs specify? Traditionally. wood is regarded to be the best material for building pergolas. The reason for this is the fact that wood pergolas turn out to be cheaper than pergolas made from other materials. Furthermore. wood is the most organic material that you will find for building pergolas. Other materials that people have been known to use include vinyl and aluminum.
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. They are available for varying needs of heat transmission and transparency. Polycarbonates are also highly reputed for their protection from ultraviolet radiation. Along with a wonderful combination of colours to choose from. Polycarbonate can be manufactured to resist very specific and harsh environmental conditions in Australia. The two popular brands that are in use are Astrolite and Laserlite.
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 reason is pergolas are always sized based on their roof size. And. in most cases. pergolas are recessed back from the roof edge anywhere from 8 inches to a couple of feet depending on the design (commonly 12"). Custom design or sizing can be a good idea to get a suitable pergola for your place. Look for manufacturers that insist on shop drawings prior to building and take the time to check everything repeatedly and make sure that all measurement and details are agreed to in writing ahead of delivery time.
Causes of Discoloration of Pergola roofs. Over time. Pergola roofs may get discoloration due to dirt. fungus. mildew or moisture. 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. Restoration painting necessitates cleaning by paint strippers. bleachers and oxalic acid based solvents to remove stains.