Red Cedar 2-Beam Free Standing Pergolas Review
Very Happy with our New Pergola
We love the look of our new 10 x 12 Cedar Pergola! It is well-constructed with high-quality lumber and fastening screws and looks better than many similar structures I have seen that were constructed on site by professional carpenters. It was very easy to install and went up quickly. (I am a do-it-yourself homeowner and it took about 8 hours for me to put it together by myself with a little help from my wife.) Some suggestions on the installation:
If you are installing concrete footings for the post brackets, make sure you are very careful to construct and use the template exactly as specified in the directions to locate the footings and post brackets. Otherwise, you may have trouble with the posts being plumb and spacing of the beams between the posts.- If you are going to stain the structure, as we did, do the staining prior to constructing it.
Rather than relying on the penciled factory markings for locating the 2×6 main rafters, lay them all out on the beams before fastening and then place the first and last notched 2×4 top rafters on the main rafters. This will insure the main rafters and top rafters fit together properly before fastening the main rafters to the beams.
Service and Delivery Comments:
We had a missing piece and a damaged piece when I opened the package. I called Mark about it and he immediately had the missing and damaged pieces overnighted to me.