How to prepare to build a pergola

A Pergola could be an elegant addition to your garden. They help you to get a bit of extra shade but also offer a space to entertain! There’s nothing more satisfying than completing your own DIY project so follow these steps to make sure it’s smooth sailing.

Where should it go?

Pergolas are freestanding structures often close to the home, but this doesn’t always have to be the case. Chose a spot further out into your garden, or if you know a patch that needs a bit more shade on those scorching days – put it there! If you have other garden structures such as furniture, play equipment, a BBQ or a pool, take these into consideration to ensure you can get the most out of your pergola.

Choosing the flooring

The base of your pergola should depend on what you’re using it for. If you’re wanting a more sophisticated entertaining or dining area, something flat such as wooden decking or concrete slabs work a treat: you can be certain knowing all furniture will be on a stable, level platform. Artificial turf or bark chips can be a great option if children will be about as it softens any trips or falls while still giving a more rustic look to your space. 

Having the correct tools

The right tools are essential to getting your pergola built smoothly and safely. Checking you’ve got the correct tools ahead of time ensures you can dedicate full attention to your project without having halt work for a trip to the hardware store. Go for for electrical tools if possible: they’ll speed up the process and ensure that you avoid over-exerting yourself. Tools like impact drivers are perfect as they’re lightweight and made for the longer screws and nuts you’ll be using in this project.

Invest in your materials

With proper maintenance and care, your pergola can last you 10-12 years so you want to make sure you’re getting top quality materials that’ll ensure both the safety and longevity of your pergola are maximised. With so many choices of material available, make sure to do your research and chose the best option for you.

A carefully planned – and neatly built – pergola can really enhance a garden. By using the right materials with the correct tools, you should be on the right path to succeeding with the project!

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