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What is a Pergola?
A pergola can be defined as an outdoor elevated framework or archway which can be covered with climbing plants. Pergolas can be made from a number of materials and usually consists of vertical posts supporting a number of cross beams, creating partial overhead cover or shade. Our pergola pictures on this page show simple and easy to build examples of wooden pergolas. You can buy a Pergola already made or make one yourself from wood.
- What is a pergola and how to build it?
- Pergola for the patio, deck or garden
- Wooden, metal, aluminium and steel
- DIY designs and plans at home with pergola kits with instructions
- Create a timber shade and canopy with a garden pergola
Building a Pergola?
If you are considering how to build a pergola, you can approach it in two ways. You could choose to buy a pergola kit to put together at home, or you could choose to build a simple pergola yourself from scratch. There are many pergola kits available online – ranging in complexity and price, so you may want to research exactly what you need before parting with any money.
If you opt to build a pergola at home without a kit, there are many considerations to take into account; however safety, strength and longevity should be high on the list. You will want to ensure that the pergola is stable and secure in the ground (with post base anchors), and that any cross beams are securely fixed to uprights so there is no room for them falling or being pulled off. You’ll want to use strong and durable materials and fixings (weather proof). If you are using wood, you’ll want a wood that’s treated to avoid any rot or damage from bad weather. You’ll also want to ensure any screws, bolts or other fixings are for outdoor use and will not rust.
You can make your pergola design as simple or complex as needed, but if you wish to erect a pergola speedily it may be best to keep the pergola design straight forward. Examples of pergola designs can be seen in the images on this page. The garden pergola above has four upright posts and five cross beams and is made out of pre-treated timber. The purpose of this pergola is to create partial shade covering a patio dining area and this simple design works well. The pergola design below is a lot more complex and had added runners on the cross beams allowing the option of full cover through the use of two retractable material canopies. This is ideal in really hot environments where full shade is preferable to partial shade. It could also be beneficial if it was to rain whilst you are dining outdoors.
The Patio pergola helps define a space outside without constraining it with walls or a roof. It offers the option of growing climbing vines on the uprights, as well as the potential of hanging lights and attaching accessories such as clocks, ornaments or plaques. The patio pergola provides partial shade from harsh sun as well as protection from rain and strong winds. It can transform an area of your garden, patio or balcony and look like a natural extension of the home into the outdoor space.
If you are not confident building your own pergola from scratch you may opt for a pergola kit. Pergola kits can be purchased from many online retailers as well as from local garden centers. You may save money online but ensure that you get a pergola kit that comes with a guarantee - and preferably a pergola kit that has great reviews (4/5 stars minimum). Money can be saved if you wait until end of season sales or clearances before the winter months. Try searching on line auction sites and also comparison sites, as half an hour researching could not only save you a lot of money, you could end up with a far superior pergola kit.
Many garden lovers search to find ideas and information about the pergola. We hope that you have found this article useful and the considerations noted above, helpful. We have links to products throughout this site, plus you may even find design tips that will compliment your pergola. You will find that this website is a great resource, whether you are looking to design, build or plant gardens, fill them with art, decorations or ornaments. Men and women of all ages love to create their own patio and garden outdoor space, grow their own plants and have a place to enjoy, relax and entertain friends. We hope you find the best pergola option for you!
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