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How to Build a Pergola: A Complete Guide

A pergola is a beautiful addition to any outdoor space, providing a shaded area for relaxation and entertainment. Building a pergola may seem like a daunting task, but with the right tools and guidance, it can be a rewarding DIY project. In this guide, we'll walk you through the very basic steps of building a pergola, and show you how our innovative product, Patio Roof Riser, can help streamline the installation process. For the complete, comprehensive PDF and video guide check out our Install Instructions Page.


Step 1: Plan Your Pergola


Before you start building, it's important to plan your pergola. Consider the size, location, and design of your pergola, and determine the materials you'll need. You'll also want to make sure you have the necessary tools. We provide a Pergola Build App that allows you to visualize your pergola (With Patio Roof Risers) and gives a hardware and materials list.


Step 2: Install the Ground Posts


The next step is to install the ground posts. This is where Patio Roof Riser can make a huge difference in the installation process. Instead of unsightly and intrusive ground posts along the side of your house, you can simply use our innovative hardware to attach the pergola directly to your existing roof structure. The Roof Risers install entirely outside of the building envelope of the house, so there's no need to cut holes in the roof. This not only makes the installation process quicker and easier, but also provides a more streamlined and aesthetically pleasing look. The complete Instructions go over this in great detail.


Step 3: Attach the Beams, Rafters and Purlins


Once the posts are in place, it's time to attach the beams, rafters and purlins. Attach the beams to the posts using the appropriate hardware whether you're doing T-Braces or simply through bolts and washers. Then, attach the rafters to the beams at the appropriate spacing (this will vary depending on load requirements in your area). This is also where you can get creative with your design, incorporating different shapes and patterns in your beam and rafter tails for a unique look. Now install your purlins. If you aren't sloping your pergola and installing roofing, the purlins are simply decorative or for shade.


Step 4: Install the Roofing


Finally, install the cover for your pergola. This can be anything from a simple shade cloth to a more elaborate roof structure (Patio Roof Risers can even support fully sheathed and shingled roof structures). With Patio Roof Risers, you can attach a patio or deck cover to your existing roof structure, creating a stylish and functional outdoor space that can be enjoyed all year round.


In conclusion, building a pergola can be a fun and rewarding DIY project. With the right tools and guidance, you can create a beautiful and functional outdoor space that adds value to your home. By incorporating Patio Roof Riser into your build, you can streamline the installation process and create a more aesthetically pleasing look, while also providing reliable protection for your outdoor space. Check out our Install Instructions Page and get started by watching a short video!

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