By karriven thomas. pergola design. Published at Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 - 09:10:13 AM.
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.
Romance This can be achieved in several ways and doesn’t necessarily involve more than one person! A walkway pergola or a swinging arbour might be just the job, with plenty of fragrant and beautiful plants to give your garden a wonderfully romantic feel. For a more intimate romantic setting, look at the ideas in the socializing section, applying them a little differently: for instance, calming colours, stronger smelling climbing plants or even incense, soft and luxurious furnishings, warmth and subdued lighting - all to heighten the senses.
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.
Shop Around When you are ready to make your purchase, be sure to identify whether or not the style you are interested in is specific to a single company, or if it a universal style that is made by many different manufacturers. If the style of pergola you are most interested in is common, you may be able to get a better deal by shopping around and comparing prices. Be sure you double check the specification though to confirm they are identical products. Shopping around could save you a substantial amount, and allow you to purchase your kit for much less. Our Pergola Kit Offers Be sure to take some time to browse our affiliates, they can offer you a great starting point to decide on a style that will be best suited for you and your needs. If you need a dependable, easily constructed pergola that still offers the style choices of a custom creation, pergola kits may be the best decision for you.
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