Pergola: metal tubing or wood beams?

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Old 06-04-15, 01:34 AM
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Pergola: metal tubing or wood beams?

Hello guys I'm new here, first post.
I want to build a pergola for shade in my farmhouse garden.
My question is: should I go with wooden beams or with metal tubing and joints?
i am wondering because of cost, ease of building and resistance over time to weather.
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Old 06-04-15, 03:59 AM
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Welcome to the forums! Not knowing the dimensions of your garden, it would be difficult to advise one way or the other. What type material do you propose to use for the shade?
 
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I think the wood versus metal decision has much to do with the look/aesthetic you want to create and your skills and tools. Me, I've got a machine shop so working with metals is no problem but if you don't then (metal cutting saws, welders...) then wood might be your only or at least the better option as more people tend to own a saw, drill and hammer.
 
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Shade is not important right now.
I would not be welding but simply bolting the metal tubes together with joints like so:
http://i35.************/314tqb4.jpg

I am wondering about:
- which material will resist longer to bad weather in the years
- which material is cheaper to buy
- which material is harder to steal (there are a lot of petty thefts in my area)
 
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If theft is such an issue in your area I would not be so concerned about "best" and "longest lived" in the weather. Best and good may attract the attention of thieves. I would build it as inexpensively as you can with your tools & skills. Both steel and wood are capable of surviving outside for many years so I would not sweat the difference too much.
 
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Tinypics doesn't work on this forum. Try this : http://www.doityourself.com/forum/el...your-post.html
 
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