By magaly basler. pergola design. Published at Thursday, November 23rd, 2017 - 09:11:47 AM.
Building an outdoor living structure can increase both the aesthetics and commercial value of your home. A comfortable outdoor place, where you can enjoy some quality outdoor time with your friends and family. Many homeowners have taken to outdoor living structures, and according to recent surveys, a sizeable percentage is thinking about investing in outdoor structures, primarily for the comfort and increase in commercial value they offer. If you are considering building an outdoor structure that provides you comfort and complements your landscape, building a pergola is a great option. A pergola is an archway used to form a shaded walkway or sitting area in an outdoor space. Depending upon your geographic location and personal preferences, you can design a pergola that’s both aesthetic and functional. Let’s take a look at a few pergola design ideas that you can consider.
The design of a pergola depends on the geographical location. Depending on the area, the grade or the direction of the sun, a pergola may be a gazebo, an extension of a building, an open terrace or a veranda that has grapevines criss-crossing a latticed roof. One of the most important considerations when designing a pergola is the roofing structure and shape The roof design on a pergola depends on the availability of direct sunlight as well as the geography and natural features of the region. Although, in earlier times, pergolas were constructed using brick and stone pillars, modern designs employ weather resistant woods such as western red cedar or coast redwood. Pergola roofs may range from simple, flat, traditional roof, elaborately curved roof, pitched roof, gabled roof or a gazebo style roof.
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.
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.
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