Asella Caranci. Pergola. January 10th , 2018.
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.
Choosing the correct lighting is very vital for your patio design as it gives a lively feel to the area during the night. Proper lights are not just meant to beautify your patio design, but it also ensures your safety when you walk around the patio at night. There are various patio lighting options as well to be chosen; some of the common ones are torches, lights hanging from the trees or ceilings etc. Torches bring in a natural feel to the ambiance, while the lights used with gazebos or covers give a romantic feel to it. Make sure to use proper lighting in the strategic areas such as, steps, walkways and level changes for safety.
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.
The things I wouldn’t save on however, is without question timber. I selected an extremely robust and exquisite tropical hard wood; however it could possibly have been cedar or some other good quality construction timber. These types of woods tend to be naturally weather resistant, even though they might grey and also darken after a while.
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