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Are you thinking about building a pergola in your yard?
That is an excellent idea!
Will the pergola be near a water feature like a pool or spa?
Do you live in an area that is very damp so that wood products need more frequent treatment to stay moisture and decay free?
Then perhaps you should be looking into a vinyl pergola.
Wood is beautiful and of course it can be pressure treated and stained to protect it from the elements and pests like termites. But I think by now you know that even the most beautiful wood will need continuing maintenance.
Vinyl – which can be found at most local places that specialize in materials for fencing and decks – is the perfect solution if you don’t want to ever think about ongoing maintenance or worry about pests attacking your new pergola.You can choose from any of the dozens of pergola designs and build them as vinyl pergolas.
Wood is initially cheaper than vinyl in some examples, but not all. It just depends on the availability of products in your area. The increased up front cost is easily offset by the lack of future efforts to sand and stain. Vinyl is normally white, but it can be painted any color you would like with a proper vinyl friendly paint.
Most likely though you will seek out vinyl because it is white which looks so perfect alongside a pool or spa. If you have a colonial style home, a vinyl pergola with rounded columns instead of square shaped posts will blend in perfectly with the architectural style of the house.
Any pergola plans that you find or create on your own will work with vinyl. Measurements can stay the same and any designs, shapes or edge cuts that you can choose with wood will work in vinyl.
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If you’ve decided that you really want to add a pergola to your property, then your next step is to check out our Guide to Building a Pergola in One Weekend.