We all like the idea of maintenance-free. Who wouldn't? The cleaning of garden structures can be costly, time-wise. The vinyl pergola offers a labour-saving option for having a beautiful structure in your garden without the bother!
There are various names for vinyl, which can be confusing: vinyl itself, plastic, PVC and UPVC (the material that double-glazing is made from) and sometimes it can be combined with wood to give a very durable and realistic finish: a sort of composite material.
There are more vinyl pergola designs on the market this year than there have ever been, giving everyone more choice in terms of colour and style. Has to be good!
Even though vinyl gives a more modern feel, the designs are often tend to be quite traditional with curved rafter tails and purlins across the top, so these pergolas don't look amiss in any style of garden.
More recently they are being stocked in larger garden centres around the country where they tend to have larger-sized pergolas available.
Traditionalists, of course, usually go for crafted wood or metal pergolas, although some of these vinyl structures are made to look very similar. Take this Hazelwood composite pergola: it will never discolour or rot. A real bonus!
Those who have families, work long hours and have little or no time to themselves tend to opt for the maintenance-free option because it's durable, easy to clean and requires little or no effort, both in the short and long term.
So there is just the question of whether you like it!
Do you find it as attractive as a wooden or wrought iron structure? If so, it is definitely worth investigating further.
Just recently some others have become available as attached lean-to pergolas, which although not true vinyl pergolas (they are powder coated in plastic polymers, giving them a very durable finish) they are strong and a good choice for a maintenance-free lean-to.
These are 3m deep from the house wall and in varying lengths, from 3m to over 9m. Side panels can also be fitted in the same, strong polycarbonate material.
This type of pergola can create a very attractive garden feature ideal for relaxing in the sunshine, or entertaining friends and family.
For pergola kits for US nationwide distribution, take a look at some really lovely pergola designs.
Most are very easy to put together with stainless steel screws and pvc cement, and should only take an afternoon to install. If you buy a kit, all the end caps and brackets will come with the kit.
Sometimes an arch is more suitable for a small space, or a secluded corner of a garden. Here are a couple of ideas.
If you like to keep maintenance to a minimum, a vinyl pergola might prove to be just the job.
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