With origins dating back to ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, Pergolas, add a class to your gardens and outdoor space. Whether you are looking for an old romantic touch for your Pergola or want a pergola with a modern minimalistic design, Marcelle’s Carpentry has got you covered. It is possible to enjoy your outdoor space without sacrificing your comfort by having a stylish pergola built in your garden.
The biggest point, however, to be remembered before planning and building a pergola is the choice of the wood. When you are choosing the timber for your pergola, many factors need to be considered other than the aesthetic appeal. Our carpenters at Marcelle’s carpentry are wood experts and here are 3 incredible tips for selecting the best timber for your pergola.
Hardwood or Softwood – Which One Is the Best?
If you look at the technical part then both the terms, hardwood and softwood are from the fact whether the trees conceal their seeds or leave them unguarded to fall on the ground. Hardwood is usually derived from the deciduous trees while softwoods come from the evergreens. The growth of hardwood is comparatively slow and are denser. Hardwoods are harder, tougher and more durable. Though a little expensive it is always advisable to opt for hardwood. Hardwood Timber is exceptionally long-wearing and more resistant to the vagaries of nature. It also needs less maintenance and hence it is worth spending every penny on the hardwood timber.
New or Seasoned Timber
Did you know that the age of the timber makes a huge difference in the structure and durability of the pergola? Unseasoned and green timber contains a high amount of moisture content. As the timber loses the moisture over the years, it keeps shrinking. It wraps and twists causing the pergola to buckle up thus shortening its life.
In addition to this, if the timbers are dried a bit too quickly, they will make the pergola wood unstable and brittle. It is, therefore, important to choose a wood that is seasoned over a longer period.
Get the Correct Ho Level Treatments
In HO, the “H” stands for Hazard. Hazard, here, refers to all the factors that can affect the longevity of the timber. Various treatments like H1, H2, H3, H4 and more are available. Each treatment is for a specific use. It is, therefore, important to consult a professional before selecting your timber and the HO Level treatment for it.
Marcelle’s Carpentry and Building is the one-stop destination that assists you not only in the selection of best timber for your pergola but also building it for you. To know about our various services in detail, connect with us today.