Enhance Your Deck With a Outdoor Pergola

Pergola kits can be made of PVC, wood, aluminum, or steel.   Kits are available in a variety of styles and options and usually come with pre-cut components and hardware necessary to install. Though it may be a good idea to have a drill and some extra hardware on hand as some kits may require drilling.  They can be painted to match your home or a color of your choice and may be attached to a structure or freestanding.

Some pergolas may come with a canopy to provide for shade protection.  If your on the creative side you could design your own from any variety or outdoor fabrics, just be sure to choose a fabric that is guaranteed not to fade. A canopy can be used for a number of things such as wind and sun protection.  Take care, during wind storms, to ensure your canopy is away as you do not want  your pergola to sustain any wind damage.

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Pergola kits come in a variety of sizes, and can have a variety of decorative ends.  The widths and lengths of the beams can also be customized. Before you make a decision on the kit you should have a look at the makers portfolio to give you a sense of how the pergola might look. 

If your looking to mount a swing, hanging chair or other objects from your pergola, make sure you check the design specifications for the load your pergola can support.  if your using a canopy it’s  good to know the load bearing capacity as snow and wind loads may become an issue.

Certain kits may be tested to prove they meet certain requirements.  If the packaging does not state so then get in touch with the manufacturer to find out the necessary specs. Be sure to ask if the pergola is hurricane tested and if so up to what  wind speed.

Lastly, for installation be sure to ensure columns are mounted firmly to your deck or patio. For ground or deck mounts a treated wooden post should suffice. If your pergola is not freestanding the pergola kit should contain mounting brackets for the patio, and attachment surface. Ensure everything is mounted securely and be set to enjoy your pergola.

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Garden Your Way To Better Health

The sensory experience of gardening gives a person the opportunity to get in tune with the primal side. While you may be able to comprehend the sensory experience it may not be the easiest to put into words.

Tending your garden has other perks as well. Your garden may provide a source of fresh  vegetables and can also ease stress, keep you limber, and even improve your overall mood.

Recent studies cite that gardening can decrease stress levels better than most other relaxing leisure activities.

Two groups were given stressful tasks, and after the tasks were performed they were instructed to either read or garden for 30 minutes. The group that gardened was found to have lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol in their bodies.

Trading your Apple Iphone for an Apple tree is a great way to combat stress and attention fatigue.  The ambiance of the natural environment and the repetitive, calming nature of many gardening tasks are all sources of effortless attention.

The ease and stress free nature of gardening may even help improve depression symptoms.  Studies show that people who spend at least six hours a week or more in the garden show a decrease in mood swings and bipolar disorders.  Some experts feel this increase in mood could be attributed to a bacteria (Mycobacterium vaccae) which is harmless and found in various soil types.  This bacteria has been shown to increase serotonin levels in mice the same as some drugs do.

Gardening provides a good excuse to get outside in the fresh air and all the digging provides for great blood flow and circulation. While gardening is no substitute for good cardio and resistance training. Digging, planting, weeding, and other tasks do provide for excellent forms of low-impact exercise, especially for people who find more  strenuous forms of exercise difficult, such as the elderly, those with disabilities, or someone who may suffer from chronic pain and arthritis.

The more pleasurable and goal-oriented the outdoor activity, the more people are likely to stick with it and do it often.

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