Is your pergola flying away? 3 tips to know to avoid it!

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The pergola is always a much appreciated addition to the garden. This makes it possible to elegantly dress up its green spaces, to cover a terrace to have a little shade or to create a pleasant barbecue area. However, in the event of poor anchoring, poor quality of materials or extreme weather conditions, it is not uncommon for this shelter to collapse or for a part to fly away and end up with the neighbor after having to passage damaged the flower beds and torn off half of the vegetable garden. We are then relieved that no one was below at the time of the loss, but the material damage can be enormous, not to mention that you will not be able to count on home insurance to compensate you. Here’s how to prevent this incident from happening (again)!

1) Choose a resistant pergola

The pergolas in kit that can be dismantled or folded will be too light and too weak for a region where there is a lot of wind or difficult weather conditions (frequent bad weather, big very heavy snowfalls, very strong gusts of wind, etc.). It also happens that a pergola is too heavy for the terrace where the installation is done. Take all these parameters into account and opt for quality materials, such as high-end aluminum. Also invest in a good coating with a quality canvas that is weather resistant or can withstand strong winds if necessary.

2) Make sure the anchoring is neat

When you are an amateur (or simply in too much of a hurry to take advantage of your pergola!), You can sometimes neglect the fixing stage a little. However, considering the price of a pergola, this is a big mistake! One solid anchoring is essential for a stable and durable installation.

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If you are installing in the lawn, you will notice that the stability will not be there until you have taken care to seal the structure with concrete. Make a deep hole, line the bottom with sand and concrete, then concrete the foot. THE’concrete anchor will be very useful for wood which has a tendency to rot. For installation on a terrace, you will also need a solid fixing.

3) Manage the blades well

This small gesture is not trivial. Open the swivel slats if it is windy for good air circulation. By rushing in, it will not take everything! A little more expensive, a bioclimatic pergola with wind sensors will be preferable in windy regions. Its adjustable slats open automatically in case of wind.

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