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What sort of pergola do I want? Winter is nearly here!

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

If your unlucky enough to have your birthday in the winter months it’s always a really hard choice for activities.  Sometimes you end up at the point where you sitting at home with friends watching the TV. Well, how about we find a solution that allows you to host a huge bash, or a small one, outside with the heaters, a wood fire and a beautiful lawn?

Extending you’re outdoor area is a wise choice in order to battle the nasty weather, or to find a bit of shade if it does become a bit warm outside.  Yep, it’s the pergola. Have you been thinking about it for too long? Now’s the perfect chance to get one set up before the rains come, and saves you from entertaining inside, and subsequently less chance of a trashed home.  Here’s the options and advice that you should think about before making that glorious step.

What type of house do you have, what are you aiming to create?

Before anything else you must have an idea of what type of pergola you envision. Are you trying to create a separate entity to create a bit of creativity to your home, or are you connecting the pergola to part of your house? If you’re looking at having the pergola being attached to your house you’d be looking at a “Pitched” style, whereas if you want it close to the entrance of the back of the house, but still has all four legs and is technically not attached, that is what is termed “Gabled”.

If you’re looking for more of a style or creative piece to add to your backyard, you can place a small pergola with a sail top, or you could also get a pergola that has no roof and technically just a structure for visual purposes. However if we are talking Winter preparation and social benefit, then you’d be looking for a hardy structure with a roof.  Whats more is you will need lighting in your pergola on those dark nights.  Opt for the always popular fairy lights or have some out door lighting professionally installed.  An electrician can add a ceiling light or outdoor lighting at the base of your structure.

Roof types and posts…

Now that you know what sort of style you’re after the next thing would be what type of roof covering do you want and what do you want your pergola made of? Standard choice for a pergola structure is timber, because it’s cheaper and easy to get done. Although it is going lower in quality to its more expensive partner of Colorbond, which is stronger. It’s really a personal choice, because timber is not a dud, it’s what most people end up with. If you want extra quality and less maintenance, you should look at Colorbond.  You also have the choice of Aluminum which is the middle choice of the two, and still comes with style variation.

You also have to look at whether you just want a laser-lite type material as the roof, or steel sheets. Both a generally hardy but of course steel is stronger and more weather resistant. So if you really looking at keeping your guests weather proof then steel is generally a good choice, but more expensive again. In any case the sides are open, so sometimes you can’t really escape the weather too much.

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So if you’re still undecided about this big move think about what exactly you want out of your new addition, if it’s Winter based fear, its very wise choice. Plus in the summer it provides the perfect haven of shade.