A wooden pergola can be a beautiful addition to any outdoor space. Many pergolas are constructed out of cedarwood, which is as durable as it is eye-catching. As with any type of wooden structure that is constructed outdoors, however, proper maintenance is key. By taking care of your wooden pergola, you can keep it looking great for many years to come while avoiding the need for potentially costly repairs.
So, what do you need to know about caring for your wooden pergola? There are a few things to keep in mind.
Keep It Sealed
Any type of wood is prone to rot if it's not properly sealed. If your pergola was just installed, there's a chance the installers have recommended that you wait a few months before sealing the wood. This is the norm, as this gives the wood some time to fully dry out in the sun. If you seal your pergola too soon after it is built, any moisture remaining in the wood will become trapped and could cause the wood to rot from the inside out.
Once it's safe to seal your pergola, be sure to use a seal-coat that is specifically designed for outdoor use on wood. This will provide it with proper protection from the elements. You'll probably need to re-seal your pergola every few years for the best results too.
Tighten Loose Fasteners
At least twice a year, take the time to check all fasteners and brackets on your pergola. If any of them are loose, tighten them up carefully. If you notice any fasteners that are rusting or corroding, these will need to be replaced as soon as possible. Not only could corroded fasteners pose a safety risk, but rust stains can also spread from the metal to your pergola's beautiful wood as well.
Mind Your Landscaping
It is not uncommon to grow vines or other landscaping around a pergola to add to its natural beauty. Just be careful to keep landscaping trimmed back so as to protect the wood from damage. If you're growing thicker vines along the side of your pergola, make sure the pergola itself can tolerate the added weight. While it doesn't seem like vines would add much weight, you might be surprised at how heavy vines can become as they grow.
By following these simple maintenance tips, you can make your pergola a favorite outdoor gathering place for many years to come. Contact a company like DeckMasters to learn more about taking care of your pergola or to have a pergola made for your home.