Are you interested in adding a beautiful and relaxing wooden pergola for your outdoor garden setting... Don't worry, perhaps we can help you find your perfect wooden pergola...
We have compiled a huge variety of wooden pergolas in various styles, sizes and types of wood to help you find the pergola of your dreams.
Wooden Pergolas can be made with a variety of different structural lumbers. Two very renowned wood types that are commonly used when constructing pergolas are Red/White Cedar Wood and Douglas Fir wood. — Chosen for their marvelous natural resilience to harsh weather. A wooden pergola will amazingly add a breathtaking focal point that greatly enhances the overall appearance of your outdoor garden setting.
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How to maintain a pergola
In order to keep your pergola looking fantastic for many years to come, it is a good idea to take the time to do a little maintenance on it from time to time. But the amount and frequency of the maintenance completely depends on the type of material the pergola is made out of. A wooden pergola needs that little more extra care than the more contemporary looking vinyl and fiberglass pergolas. In any case, we recommend you read the following guidelines to properly maintain your pergola to ensure it lasts a lifetime:
These steps should be repeated after several months, but the number of months greatly varies depending on factors such as the weather.
Firstly, carefully wash down the whole pergola with water to remove surface dirt and debris, while making sure the hose presure isn't too harsh for the pergolas material type. For example, it is important to take extra care with delicate wood and thin vinyl or fiberglass.
Once the initial wash is done, it is best to apply a proper cleanser to the pergola to ensure it is polished perfectly with no sign of grit and debris. This should be done by first applying the cleanser to the pergola surface with a rag. Next it should be completely scrubbed very carefully using a brush and with a smaller brush like a tooth brush for those hard to get at places. During this process, it is advised that you remove any splinters and peeled paint as well, for a completely smooth resulting surface. With vinyl and fiberglass pergolas, it is very important to read the manufactures recommended maintenance instructions, but in most cases, simply using a soft scrubbing motion with a mild detergent should work beautifully.
Now that the pergola has been cleansed throughly, rinse the pergola down with water and check if there is any places that need further cleaning. If there is, see to them as per the previous step, otherwise, you have permission to proceed to the next step!
So your pergolas looking clean and not too shabby at all.. But wait! You find there is a crack or a dint in it, which can't possibly be fixed by scrubing hard. What could you do to fix this imperfection to make it to make it look absolutely flawless again? The answer is putty!. Both wood or metal putty is are perfect solutions to fill in any cracks, cuts and dings that could possibly appear over time. After, those damaged areas are nicely puttied, simply give it a nice sand down to smooth it out to get it ready for a re-coat. To finish off those damaged areas, it will depend on the material of the puttied part to determine weather to re-stain or re-paint or perhaps both. And once carefully re-coated your pergola should look perfect once again!
Another important maintenance tip for your pergola is to ensure all joints stays securely connected, for both safety and visual reasons. This is easy to check as you just need to test each bolt and screw to make sure it hasn't loosened with time, and if it has just simply tighten it up. The last thing you want is your pergola to fall down on top of you or your family, so make sure it remains nice and safe!
And finally, there is one more step in providing excellent maintenance to your garden pergola, but it only needs attention for those that use their pergola as a support for for any climing plants. This step involves trimming back the vines so that when they harden over the years, they don't put too much pressure on the pergola, ruining its perfect posture.
Remember these few steps and ever once in a while, and we are sure your pergola will look as good as new for a lifetime.
Important things you should remember when installing your pergola
When installing a pergola somewhere in your home it is important to be mindful of several factors. These factors can make the installation process a nightmare if not prepared and planned for throughly. So, we would strongly advice you to keep consideration into the following when mounting your very own garden pergola and if your in doubt, we suggest you hire a professional to install the pergola for you:
Potential problem - Size: How much room in your backyard are you willing to allocate to your new garden room? A lot of the pergolas listed on our website are made in multiple sizes to suit your desired ourdoor living requirements. Measuring twice to make sure you have the right dimensions is essential when selecting your outdoor retreat. In addition, keep in mind that the footprint of the pergolas sold buy most merchants on our site are calculated from the distance between the perpendicular posts, and not the roofing corners. This is important to keep in mind, because as you may be already be aware, most pergolas have wonderful decorative roofing that overhang the main rectangular structure. The last thing you want is to choose the wrong size pergola that wont physically fit where you really wanted it to go. So, remember to always measure twice and don't forget the latticed roofing will hang off the edge about 1 foot most of the time
Potential problem - Material: While a beautiful wooden pergola may be required to be restained every now and then to ensure the color is completely free from fading, you get the amazing benefits of a authentic traditional look and a natural insect repellent (cedar). Similarly, the fiberglass and vinyl pergolas also have their pros and cons. For example, the fiberglass and cedar pergolas may not have the authentic and traditional wooden feel and amazing natural insect repelling properties of the wooden pergolas, but they are an absolutely maintenance-free structural alternative for those who like to keep their garden setting as hassle-free as possible. And in busy times, don't we all! Ensure you take to time to decide which material type you think will best suited for your home and we can ensure you will be very happy with your new addition to your backyard setting
Potential problem - Positioning: It is much easier and less frustraing to install your pergola in the right place the first time round, so its very important you choose the perfect place for your outdoor room. This can all depend on type of pergola as some pergolas are specifically built to be attached to a pre-existing wall, supporting the columns on the opposing side (freestanding pergolas), while others are freestanding and often tend to look much better when offset away from the main house significantly. We recommend you visually assess which position would be perfect for your home because its always worth making sure you get it right the first time!
Potential problem - Assistance: To ensure a fast and smooth assembly it is recommended to get some help from a friend or a family member. Some of the pergola components can be heavy and require climbing up high on a ladder to screw together the pergola structural components of the pergola kit. Therefore, having an extra hand makes the job much easier, safer and will allow you have your pergola assembled and looking wonderful in a few hours.
Potential problem - Tools: While many of the pergolas listed on our site come with all the necessary installation tools and completely pre-notched and pre-drilled, others will require some manual drilling and screwing in order to assemble from the factory. But in any case, it is imperative that you have a ladder or multiple ladders and a spirit level or something square to guarantee that while building, all the angles perfect. This will ensure your pergola turns out picture-perfect!
By simply following advice mentioned above along with any instructions included with the pergola kit, most of the major possible problems should be entirely eliminated. But if ever in doubt, we recommend you hire a professional to install the pergola for you