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.