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Planning and Executing Construction and Contracting Projects: Tips for Consumers

Welcome to my blog. My name is Deborah. About 15 years ago, I bought an old home. We worked with several contractors to rehabilitate it, but ultimately, the foundation simply wasn't stable enough, and we had to tear it down. After that, we worked with a construction crew to build a home from the ground up. The experience was exciting and challenging, and I learned a lot through that process. I want to share construction and contracting facts and information with others so I decided to start this blog. I hope that you like the results, and I thank you for reading. Enjoy!

Planning and Executing Construction and Contracting Projects: Tips for Consumers

Considerations When Erecting a Pergola on Your Residence

by Samantha Russell

If you would like to make the most of your yard, you should consider erecting a pergola. These structures are great for creating an external living space that will easily integrate with your yard. Additionally, you have the option of either erecting them as an adjacent structure to your home or as a stand-alone ornamental feature on your property. However, the process of erecting a pergola is not simply about calling the contractors and having construction underway. There are a number of things to keep in mind to ensure that your pergola suits your needs. The following are some of the considerations to have when erecting a pergola on your residence.

Consider the materials you would like your pergola made from

Generally, most homeowners tend to gravitate toward timber when making a choice of materials for their pergola. This is largely due to the fact that timber easily blends in with the outdoors, hence making your pergola appear seamlessly designed with the rest of the property. However, it should be noted that timber is not one of the more durable options that you can consider. If not well maintained, timber will begin to splinter and crack due to exposure to the elements.

Additionally, timber can succumb to rot if not properly protected against moisture. If you live in a coastal region, you may want to consider aluminium for your pergola. This material may be fairly modern in pergola design, but it is durable and long lasting. In addition, you would not have to worry about it corroding due to salt and atmospheric moisture.

Consider roofing for your pergola

Traditionally, pergolas do not come with complete roofing. Instead, they have slats that have been assembled at the top to allow natural light to stream into your exterior living space. However, having slats as roofing on your pergola means you may not have the chance to enjoy your pergola all year round. If you would like to make the most of your individual pergola design, you should consider having a roof installed. There are an array of materials that could work well as your pergola roof.

If you are looking to maintain a rustic feel with your pergola, you could consider thatching as your choice of roofing. On the other hand, if you would like a modern design that allows you to control the amount of natural light, you could consider polycarbonate retractable roofing. Ultimately, your choice would depend on your needs as well as your budget.