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News: Oak Pergolas for All Occasions

16/04/2019

Oak Pergolas are not just structures that are to be built in the middle of a field or garden and left to be observed and admired from a distance. They are the first impression of your guests’ surroundings and offer shade as they walk toward their destination.

For setting the scene there is no equal to an oak pergola, they are great for covering entire walkways or even just the entrance. They can be left with an open roof with only the crossmembers for cover or you can add boarding over the top for increased shelter (although you will need to think about draining the water away if you do).

Although walkways are the most common use of a pergola, they are not the only ones. You can use them as a cover for a seating area, outdoor jacuzzi or to attach a swing chair to. These Pergolas really are for all places and all occasions and because everyone is custom made you can get exactly what you want.

Things to think about when buying an Oak Pergola

1. Footings

This is one of the key areas you need to think about with your pergola (and any structure for that matter), how are you going to stand it? Oak is durable enough to be left in contact with the ground, but many people raise it off slightly.

Other options include sitting your pergola on Staddle Stones, these are made from reconstituted sandstone and fit into the bottom of your posts via a metal rod. The third option is to have the posts extra-long and concrete them into the ground.

2. Post Thickness

The size and thickness of your posts are important and can change the look of pergola significantly. If you want a strong thick set looking structure, then go for larger posts. If you would rather a thinner more elegant pergola choose the thinner posts available.

3. Number of Crossmembers

The number of crossmembers determines how many beams you have going across your roof and the gap between them. We recommend spacing them 400mm apart however you may want them closer or further apart than that.