Old 05-07-03, 11:33 AM
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Angry pergola

i want to build a pergola over my deck but would like some pictures or somthing to gobye
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Old 05-07-03, 01:27 PM
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Les, welcome to DoItYourself.

What do you want to build this pergola out of? There are tons of pictures available -- books like Sunset and Ortho, brochures from installers (look in the yellow pages under patio covers), suppliers like Metals USA (search on-line for

If you choose to do it in wood, you can still use a design that you like that was done in aluminum, and vica versa. The drawback to doing it in wood will be the maintenance. The difficult part of doing it in aluminum will be getting the product. However, I see where HD is now selling aluminum cover parts -- not sure if you can buy just the kit and build it yourself through them or not, or if you have to have one of their authorized contractors install it. (It is a warranty and liability issue with the mfgr. There are very specific ways that the connections have to be made for the cover to meet the engineering for snow and wind loads.)

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