Since ancient times, pergolas have provided shade and a place for trellising flowers and fruits. Buying a kit, whether from a store or online, will ensure that you have all materials pre-cut and ready to assemble. This allows you to enjoy the pergola sooner.
Determining the Size
With garden stacks or garden hoses, mark off the area where the pergola is to be situated. Determine if it's to stand alone or be part of the existing house. When the area is determined, measure its length, width and height.
Aluminium pergolas cost less in the long term due to their low maintenance requirements. Unlike wood, they don't require repainting or restaining. Aluminium pergola kits come in many colours and textures, including wood.
Vinyl is another low-maintenance option. Made from PVC piping tubes, the colour sections are varied and the structure is lightweight and easy to assemble, yet sturdy enough for most areas.
For those wanting real wood, pergolas made of pressurised wood represent the lowest in price. The production process involves forcing chemicals into the wood. This makes the end product unappealing to insects and animals. Pergolas made from this product can last up to 20 years.
Southern yellow pine, cedar and redwood are common woods used in pergola kits. Ipe, a South American hardwood, is a high-end choice, and turns a burnished red when wet.
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