Building a Pergola: Adding Life To Your Home

building a pergola

One might wonder why they should indulge in building a structure such as a pergola that offers no protection from rainfall or sunlight. The answer to that is quite simple to construct. It is a unique form of architecture that gives an indoor and outdoor ambiance simultaneously. Building a pergola adds life and attraction to your backyard. Traditionally part of Italian Renaissance gardens, these structures are used nowadays to frame either a major point of your garden such as a sitting area or they are used to define a walkway or passageway.

So what are the steps for constructing one?

Step 1- Installing the posts:

The posts of the pergola can either be placed into a concrete pad or longer posts can be utilized so that these can be inserted into the ground directly. If a concrete pad is being used, then the positions for the posts should initially be marked with and then the posts should be screwed into the pad.

Step 2- Attaching the support beams and crossbeams:

The next step entails attaching the support and cross beams. First the support beams should be cut. For an 8 square ft pergola, support beams of 2 by 6 should be cut and the ends should be curved for which a template can be used to cut the curved shape. The beams should then be fixed into place on the posts on either side of the deck. Caution should be used to make sure that the beams are level. After this has been successfully done the cross beams can then be put in place. They should also be 2 by 6 and should be notched to fit over the support beams. The cross beams should be attached to the posts first and then to the support beams. Three similar cross beams should be attached with equal spacing between them.

Step 3-Post trim, braces and top slats

Post trim braces should be cut according to the appropriate width and length and should then be fixed into the posts. Braces should be made up of 2 by 6 stocks and fastened to the posts and beams with screws. Finally the top slats should be cut. Five 2 by 4 slats to length should be cut with ends given shape through a template. These slats should be clamped into place and attached.

Step 4-Posts should be capped:

Post caps should be cut. A simple square can be cut for this purpose and then given shape. These caps should then be secured on top of the posts with the appropriate nails.

Jim’s pergolas can offer the services required for construction and we have in the past both built a variety of pergola designs to suit the needs of our customers as well as helped customers out in changing features of an existing pergola. Jim’s workers can build you a pergola both efficiently and cost effectively. We cater to customers’ individual needs and therefore incorporate the customers’ ideas into the designs as well as offering our own designs. Therefore, we make sure their customers are satisfied.

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