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Maintenance. To keep the annual maintenance of your pergola to an absolute minimum do not paint or stain a newly erected pergola! Just have the natural wood look and apply a water-repellent sealer every 2-3 years or as required to preserve the natural look. Once it's been painted or stained, you are stuck with the regular chore of sanding and repainting the pergola which is no fun with all those support posts and cross beams.


Wooden Pergolas

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Wooden pergolas. Pergola kits.

Wood pergolas have been built for centuries. A pergola is a garden structure that support cross beams. The pergola is either a stand alone structure or attached to the house.
Free-standing pergolas can be used as a type of gazebo. Lattice can be added to the sides or top to accommodate vines.
Pergolas attached to the house provide protection and shade to patios, pools or other open areas. Pergolas also can provide shelter and shade to a length of walkway such as the space between the house and garage.

Vine types to grow on a new pergola. Trumpet vine, wisteria, honeysuckle and clematis. Wisteria is really vigorous and needs regular pruning and is not recommended for colder climates. I prefer clematis, however, some types can grow out of control as well. I would recommend to plant several clematis that bloom at different times. Check with your local garden centre to find out which types are most suitable for your area.

: If the pergola is attached to the house you may need a building permit. Check with you local building department.

Classic style wooden pergola

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