Today, we return to take a look at pergolas, and although they are referred to as vinyl pergolas, that doesn’t mean, of course, that the entire structures are made of vinyl.
No, the posts are actually made of treated pine, but they are covered in vinyl sheaths to afford protection from the elements.
The one shown, above left, is one of the 2-beam vinyl pergolas, and you can choose to have it free-standing – by your pool, as illustrated, which would look very classy, almost like something out of ancient Greece – or wall-mounted, as shown in the photo that’s below and to the right.
For reference, so you can get a bit of an idea of the relative sizes, the pergola at the top of this page measures 8 x 14 feet, while the wall-mounted one is 10 x 12 feet.
If you want the strongest pergola possible, then you’ll probably want to opt for one of the 4-beam vinyl pergolas. Not only are these very attractive, but the design creates an incredibly strong structure that has virtually no chance to bow, twist or warp.
The only difference is, apart from the extra strength, that the 4-beam models only come as free-standing pergolas – they’re not available as wall-mounted ones.
Both types come as easy-to-assemble kits, but they do advise that you will probably need more than one person to construct these – especially the 4-beam models, as the top beams are particularly weighty.
While there is undoubtedly a certain attraction to the natural qualities of wooden pergolas, the all-white vinyl pergolas (although you can choose an ivory colour if you prefer) have their own particular charm too, looking clean and fresh (and the vinyl will, of course, protect the Southern Yellow Pine within as well as reducing the maintenance you’ll need to perform).
Unless you have a specific requirement for one of the wall-mounted 2-beam pergolas (e.g. you don’t have a lot of space), we would definitely go for a free-standing model, and given that we experience very strong winds where live, up in the mountains, then the extra strength afforded by the 4-beam vinyl pergola would be our preferred choice.
(And, yes, we realise that some people are concerned about their pergolas blowing away in the wind, but don’t worry – we’ll cover this issue in a future article – so subscribe to our RSS feed and be notified automatically when we post this information.)
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