What hardware do I need for pergola?
The pergola is the crowning feature of many backyard gardens….Decorative hardware options include:
- Truss ties.
- Truss fans.
- Flush joist hangers.
- Notched post to beam kits.
- Rafter clips.
- Specially designed timber screws.
What bolts to use on Pergola?
All metal fixings – bolts, coach screws, nails or timber screws – should be galvanised/zinc coated, and exterior grade. main beams are always best secured to posts by using bolts with large washers right the way through both timbers. Any protruding thread sections can soon be sawn off with hacksaw.
Do you need brackets for pergola?
Metal brackets are a popular and excellent material to use when building a pergola. The brackets are graded for outdoor use, and they hold the lumber in place securely and safely. However, because brackets are required for use on each end of each board, they do not provide a clean, modern aesthetic.
Can I use lag bolts on a pergola?
You’ll soon learn why. We attached a pair of 2X8s to either side of our posts using 10″ carriage bolts. I did some reading and I believe that many contractors recommend lag bolts for most of a pergola’s construction. Any time that we didn’t need to see a bolt end come through the wood, we used lag bolts.
What kind of wood is used to build a pergola?
Western Red Cedar and Redwood are the two most commonly used woods for pergolas, aside from pressure-treated wood. Western Red Cedar (WRC) and Redwood are both naturally stunning woods and often lumped together.
How do I stop my pergola from racking?
Some potential options:
- sink the front two posts into the ground several feet and surround with concrete (typically you’d want 1/3 of the post in the ground.
- add diagonal bracing.
- metal reinforcement.
- add a railing to that side of the deck and diagonal brace that (tensioned cables, wood panels, diagonal rails, etc.)
How do you anchor a pergola without drilling?
Using leg weights is the best option for securing your gazebo without drilling into the ground. Gazebo leg weights work on any surface and can easily be filled with either water or sand. They are also capable of holding down your gazebo without fear of it getting blown away.