Do you find yourself longing for the summer sun all winter long – and then wishing for protection from the summer sun when it comes? A cedar pergola offers Edmonton homeowners a number of options to make a deck or patio even more pleasant. Here are just a few of the things you can do with a cedar pergola from Cedar Village:
Shade your deck or patio by attaching an awning or fabric to the pergola
Add overhead lighting or strings of small lights for a festive touch
Add a green element with hanging baskets or flowering vines
Create the sense of an outdoor “room” for entertaining
Cedar is a great choice for pergolas due to its natural beauty, strength and weather-resistant properties. While some people choose pressure-treated wood as a cheaper alternative to build a pergola, you need to factor in the time involved in waiting for the wood to dry and cure before painting and the time and money you’ll be investing every year in climbing up on top of the pergola to clean, stain or paint it. Your cedar pergola will require far less maintenance and will look beautiful whether you choose to stain it or not.
TIPS FOR BUILDING YOUR PERGOLA
Comprised of columns, rafter and beams, a pergola is a fairly easy frame to build. Here are a few things to consider before you begin:
Observe how the sun hits your yard to orient your pergola for effective shade.
Decide whether you want to create a free-standing pergola or one that is attached to your existing structure.
Make sure you know where your utility lines are before you begin digging to place the columns.
Make sure you dig deeper than the frost line to protect your pergola from frost heave.
Building a pergola can be a rewarding project whether you build from a DIY kit or by choosing all your own materials. You’ll find both options at Cedar Village, as well as knowledgeable staff to answer your questions. Come on by and let us get you started on an elegant pergola for your backyard.