Summer is around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about new ways to beat the humidity and heat. A Pergola design that blocks the scorching heat of the sun adds beauty and value to your home and it’s a perfect addition to any landscape.
If your garden or backyard is not blessed with mature trees, then an attractive pergola can offer welcome shade that will enable outdoor usage for entertaining, dining and relaxing.
Basically, there are two types of pergolas; a free standing one and a building attached one. The kind that you want to build will depend on where you need to locate your pergola and what function you need it to perform.
If you need it to be a cover for your porch, deck or patio, you are probably going to need to attach it to your home. If you want to use it as a garden entryway or a separate space for relaxing, then you will have to go for a free standing design.
Pergolas are made from various materials. Although many types of wood will rot when it is exposed to weather, you can use redwood, cedar or pressure treated materials in building your arbor.
You will also have the option of metal – clad foam which might be costly to spend, but it is lightweight enough to make it easy for you to build and handle with, and its life will be much longer than that of wooden pergola.
How to Build a Pergola in your Backyard
Building a pergola in your backyard or garden can double the entertainment value of your property. Here are three major steps to build backyard pergola.
Choosing the Pergola Design
The easiest way to construct a pergola is from a kit that is available in hardware stores or online from a usual department store. This is no surprise, more costly than building your own. Choosing the design is very essential there are lightweight ones made from tubular steel or wrought iron but the best one is wood. Softwood, hardwood or even reclaimed wood all work classically.
The regular pergola design is just a structure of 4 vertical posts which support a number of horizontal beams on a pair of cross bracing beams. The posts are spaced about six feet apart to form one bay.
You will need to support each post on a concrete footing, but this is not necessary. The weight and the weight of the plant must be enough to anchor the pergola. Simple ones suggest, one foot deep by about 6 inches diameter, are easy to make and will do the job beautifully.
The roof beam spacing is totally up to you. If you use 6×2 timbers you can space ten four inches apart.
Using a good pergola plans and stress – free assembly is the secret to successful plans, take your time and do not cut corners. Measure it before cutting and check the dimensions. It is important to keep everything perfectly aligned.
Use screws to fasten rather than nails. All fasteners must be galvanized or rust free for specific reasons. It is always a good idea to leave final tightening until all have been fitted.