By melisa elkins. pergola design. Published at Thursday, November 16th, 2017 - 22:33:14 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.
Providing a shady or sunny spot. Often pergolas are used as a shady retreat, especially for ’al fresco’ dining. Think about whether you would need sun or shade. It might be that you would use it to sit in the warm evening sunshine, or for sunbathing. The position of the sun would need to be considered carefully to make sure the pergola caught the sun at a good time of day, for you. If you would like the best of both worlds, there are pergola shades on the market that can shield you from the sun when needed.
Comparative Study of Roofing Materials for a Pergola Permanent structures like metal roofs are difficult to change but they can be repainted. Fibreglass and clean plastic materials may change colour after a period but they can be discarded and new ones can be installed easily. The choice of materials to cover or roof the pergola depends on the buyer’s instincts as to the choices for durability, permanency and availability. In tropical Australia, zinc-galvanized corrugated sheets do not reflect infrared or ultraviolet much. White roofs reflect better. White or soft shades are better colors for a cool roof. As the Earth seeks to get greener, the best choice, of course is to enjoy traditional, open roofed pergolas.
As an extension to the house. This is what is known as a lean-to pergola, and can be in the form of a porch, carport, log store, patio pergola or any sort of walkway found next to a building or wall. The wall serves to support the structure on one of its sides. The patio pergola can, indeed, extend the indoor space by drawing people out into the garden, and the upright posts are ideal for supporting wonderful climbing plants. These ideas are mainly concerned with the type and position of your pergola. For the style aspect, this is really down to personal preference. Styles might include cottage garden, modern and sleek, rustic or oriental. Then, of course, there are the different materials - rough sawn wood, planned wood, rustic poles, bamboo, wrought iron, aluminum, brick pillars, vinyl, and those using a combination of materials. Whichever pergola you choose, make sure it fits in with the look and feel of your overall design. Have fun creating a truly wonderful, relaxing and inviting space.
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