zzpm Pergola September 13th, 2018 - 12:12:05
Assembly required/Assembly Instructions: Make sure you have collected assembly instructions from the manufacturers. Usually you can ask for and receive them via email prior to purchasing to see how much work you are in for. Most pergola kits are single day installs. If they are fully erected in the shop prior to shipping out. you should be confident to install them properly. Insist on assembly instructions prior to buying and ask if there is any carpentry work you must do on your end or not. The best kits are just like giant Lego sets that you just have to re-erect: no sanding. sealing. cutting. or drilling needed.
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.
What is the exact location of the pergola as per the pergola designs? One of the very common designing flaws with regard to pergolas is that people do not pay attention to the location of various utilities in their gardens. Ideally. your pergola should not be built upon any kind of utility related equipment. In fact. your pergola should not even be built upon underground piping. let alone over ground equipment.
Notching: Another important point to consider is notching. Notched pergolas last for longer times and have greater wind resistance capacity. So. while buying wooden pergolas. ask their manufacturers if they are partially notched or fully notched. Buyers should be aware that notching creates interlocking joints and this fortifies the structure. Also notching insures that all your timbers stay straight and true over the decades because they cannot move. Most manufacturers skimp on notching partially or completely to reduce their construction costs and will tell you that hardware will take care of the issue. It does not. If just one of your Pergola`s timbers has hidden stresses in it (quite common). as it weathers over the years. it will turn. twist or sag. This will cause your beautiful Pergola`s lines to be ruined.