How to Build an Attached Pergola to Vinyl Siding
Building an attached pergola to vinyl siding is quite simple to install especially if you are using a vinyl pergola kit. By following the steps below, you can build an attached pergola to your vinyl siding.
Step 1 – Get the Area Ready
Wear the necessary personal protective equipment such as hand gloves and safety goggles. Get the materials and tools ready the free up the surroundings from unnecessary items or furniture. Get the pergola-kit specification and make the appropriate measurements where you want to attach the pergola to the vinyl siding.
Mark the exact location of posts then dig 12 inches x 12 inches at 20 inches holes on each of the marked location. After digging the holes for your post, prepare the pergola kit and bring it onsite.
Step 2 – Fix the Pergola Anchor to Concrete Base
You will need concrete base to serve as anchor to your post. To do create your base, mix 1-part cement, 2-parts sand, and 3-parts gravel with water until uniform consistency is achieved. Pour the concrete into the post holes to create a strong base for your pergola posts.
Step 3 – Install the Pergola Assembly
Install the pergola post footing to the concrete base. Fix these securely to ensure it won’t tilt to either side when hit by strong winds. Using a side step ladder, reach the top of the posts and install the side rails. After installing the side rails, you may now install the projection beams which form the pergola canopy.
When you install the projection beams, you need to align them laterally so you get equal intervals across each piece. Fix to position using the locking screws at each beam. Tighten the end support brackets that fix the beam and the side rails.
Measure and mark the vinyl siding portion of the house which is of same level as that of the pergola canopy. Drill the 1 inch x 4 inches board through the vinyl siding. Screw it up to the wood support underside of the vinyl panel to secure in place. Attach the end mounting bracket where the projection beams are aligned. Adjust the extender on each beam such that it coincides with the end mounting bracket on the 1 inch x 4 inches board. This will ensure the pergola is securely attached to and well supported by the vinyl siding and into the house. After attaching the pergola to the vinyl siding, take out the decorative end cap that comes with your kit and install these caps on the ends of the projections beams.
To strengthen your pergola, you may install cross braces on your pergola to make your canopy strong enough to withstand strong winds. The cross braces should extend across the end of each projection beam near the mounting bracket.
Step 4 – Finishing Up
After building your attached pergola, put away all your left over materials and tools then clean the area.