By melisa elkins. pergola design. Published at Thursday, November 16th, 2017 - 22:33:19 PM.
Plastic and Fibreglass Another variation of roofing for pergolas includes using plastic or fibreglass. The advantage of these options is that they are lightweight and inexpensive. They may also be easily cut to size and allows the light to filter in depending on the colour of the roof. They also protect the pergola from the harsher elements of the weather including the rain and snow. Also, ultraviolet radiation may be reduced when using these two options. Although plastic may not be a green choice, Fibreglass can be manufactured from recycled materials.
Painting your Pergola Anything that is exposed to the harsh elements of nature will eventually need protection. Painting is one of the best ways to provide this protection. It gives colour to the wood and also conceals some of the natural defects and characteristics that may stand out obscuring the real beauty of the wood. Paint is also beneficial because they prevent moisture damage and rust. Acrylic paints are the best choice for painting pergolas as they provide the best protection. The durability of pergola depends on the materials chosen for its construction. As the roofs are permanently exposed to the elements of nature, the paint chose may fade easily. Also, materials such as fabric may fray or fade and plastic or fibreglass roofs may get warped or change colour. To paint a pergola for lasting protection, it is important to follow the traditional procedures such as preparing the surface which include removing old paint, using sandpaper to permit absorption and applying preservative towards the end of the painting. Preparation of the surface is very important before painting as it decides how much time the effect of painting will last. Any remnants of oil or dirt on the surface of the wood should be removed thoroughly. Using sand paper with 50-60 grit, create an appropriate surface for good absorption of paint. If the wood is more than two weeks old or if it had been lying outside in rain, sanding, brushing and cleaning becomes essential. Application of a water repellent preservative with fungicide is an excellent idea before painting because it prevents absorption of water by wood which may cause decay. Here are the steps to paint a Pergola: Remove the furniture and any decorations you may already have. If there are growing and climbing vines, protect them with plastic sheets and tie them up so that they will not be in the way. Also remember to water them if the painting takes more than a few days. Wear a mask, a head cover and protect your eyes with safety glasses. Also wear an apron or old clothes to protect from paint splashes. Using sand paper, remove all paint until the surface is completely prepared. Apply a water-repellent and fungicide if necessary. Using a paint-sprayer, spread evenly from the farthest end to the back. High Volume Low Pressure (HVLP) sprayer is more efficient and smooth. Use a paint roller to get a smooth finish. Give a light coating on the roof of the Pergola. Fill in the gaps and allow the paint to dry for up to four hours. Apply a second coat of paint on the roof of the pergola. Allow the paint to dry overnight.
pergolas. As a permanent architectural piece to a garden, pergola designs have evolved throughout the centuries making it more appropriate for gardens and environmental designs. During medieval and renaissance period, pergola designs were used by people making curve segments incorporated with green vines. It was usually seen in gardens of Lords living in fortresses. The pergola has evolved from its famous brick and stone posts of 19th and 20th century to modern wood designs of the 21st century. The idea of modern wood design of pergolas is its affordability, and increasing popularity in modern garden designs. But because brick and stone are weather resistant, hardwoods such as Western Redcedar and Coast Redwood are used instead to match with the pergolas made of brick and stone. As the normal use of a pergola is being an arbor for vines, some architects introduced pergolas as a structure made as a protection from rain or direct sunlight. Traditional pergolas can be transformed into modern style by replacing its roofing with transparent materials. There are several transparent materials which can be used as roofing such as Plexiglas sheets, complete-transparent covers, and glass panels. Plexiglas sheets can be used if you want protection from rain and direct sunlight without heating the sitting area of the pergola.
The Importance of High Quality Pergola Plans The last thing I would like to focus on is the importance of following high quality and detailed pergola plans. Anyone who experiments with woodworking projects knows how difficult and time consuming DIY projects can be without good blueprints or plans to follow. This is why I highly suggest taking the time to do some research and obtain a good set of plans for your project. Plans with clear step by step instructions accompanied by photos will make a do it yourself pergola project much easier in the long run.
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