You've made your choice, you're going to install a pergola. It is an excellent opportunity to increase the value of your home. Now that you have chosen the location of your pergola, you are wondering how to install it. Whether built of aluminium, wood or iron, you have several choices. We have detailed the different stages to follow regardless of the location and the type of pergola you wish to install.
Installing a freestanding pergola
A freestanding pergola is also called a 'self-supported' pergola. As its name suggests, it is supported by four posts that are fixed to the ground. It can therefore be installed wherever you please, be it in your garden or on your patio. Before the installation of your future project, it is essential to inform yourself of the procedure. To install a freestanding pergola, you should start by determining its dimensions. Then stake out the place for the posts and the contours of your pergola. The installation of a pergola does not require pouring a slab. It is enough to install concrete footings or piers to ensure the foundation. It will thus resist wind and bad weather. If you decide to install your freestanding pergola on the lawn (unstable ground), formwork will be necessary to be able to attach the plates.
If you install your pergola on a hard surface like a patio, all you will need to do is drill holes with an impact drill and then screw in the plates. Once the plates are fixed, it is time to assemble the framework of your shelter. If you want to install a pergola kit, the instructions are designed for non-professionals. It will be quick and easy to assemble with the help of one or two other persons. Always remember to assemble the framework on the ground. Even though the operation is simple, it can be dangerous.
Installing a wall-mounted pergola
A wall-mounted pergola is directly attached to the wall of the house. It only stands on two legs and is therefore quicker to install than a freestanding pergola. The first steps to install a wall-mounted pergola are more or less the same. Define the dimensions of your future extension. Then decide on the location of the posts. Then position the exact location of the supporting beam on the wall of your house. You will have to drill holes in the wall with a concrete bit to attach the beam. Don't forget to use a spirit level to check that the beam is level! As for the posts, the steps are the same as for a freestanding pergola. You must then assemble the framework to the beam and posts. Allow for two days of work to install your pergola.
Installing a bioclimatic pergola
The particularity of a bioclimatic pergola is its roof consisting of adjustable louvres. These can be manual or motorised and operated via a remote control. The installation of a bioclimatic pergola is identical to that of a classic pergola. Only the installation of the roof is different. Each slat must be installed individually and then linked to the mechanical system. The slats must be engaged in the rack and attached parallel to the house. Then adjust the slat opening according to the manufacturer's indications. Whether you are a seasoned DIYer or not, don't hesitate to call on a builder for the installation of your pergola. A professional installer will guide you with your choices. Moreover, you will benefit from the insurance and warranties of your professional. You will also be ensured that your installation complies with the regulations.
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