A pergola can be a very welcome addition to your home, and is sure to get much use. There are many different materials that can be used when constructing a pergola. Bricks, concrete, and stone are a few of the choices, as are wood pergolas.
Wood pergolas are constructed entirely of wood and are the easiest to build for the do-it-yourselfer or the handyman.
Beams may be made from any number of types of wood including various types of cedar, pine, mahogany, fir or cypress. More than one type of wood may be used to build a single pergola. For example, a hardwood may be used for the support beams, and a softer wood may be used for the overhead beams.
Once the pergola is constructed the wood may need to be protected in some manner. Staining, sealing and painting are all options, as is natural weathering. Different types of wood may require different treatments so be sure to do your homework on what kind of finish is appropriate for your situation. Constructing a wood pergola may be better left to builders who have experience with different projects of wood pergolas.
Wood pergolas provide all the charm, beauty and protection of other types, but are the most natural and rustic-looking, and the overall favorite among those who own them.
Wood blends in with any environment and never looks out of place, and whether stained or left to weather, your wood pergola will look great. With the addition of vines and plantings it will look even better, but be careful when planting in regards to pressure treated wood, as it may be chemically treated in a way that will be harmful to the vine that you choose. Some popular choices are grapevine, trumpet vine, honeysuckle, clematis, and wisteria, though you will want to check to see what will grow best in your area. Be sure to opt for a vine that is easy to maintain, as some can grow rapidly and be hard to get under control if not looked after.
Before building plan out what you will use your pergola for and what you wish to contain underneath. This will ensure that you have ample space to fit any furniture or accessories in the space allotted. There is a vast selection of outdoor furniture available today that is made to hold up in the weather and last for a good number of years. Whatever you choose, a wood pergola is a solid investment and one that you won’t regret making.