Metal Pergola FAQ
Why are wind ratings and certifications important?
Any building you erect in your yard is going to be exposed to adverse weather conditions. If it has wind ratings, that means the structure has been put through tests to determine how much wind it can withstand. Having this information and a certification can make you feel confident that the pergola you're putting up is sturdy and durable.
What are the benefits of a metal pergola?
Choosing a metal pergola over a wood pergola comes with many benefits, including the fact that they are virtually maintenance-free. Galvanized steel pergolas are rust free, so you won't have to worry about moisture wreaking havoc. At Backyard Discovery, the powder-coated steel that we use for our steel pergolas resists fading, scratching, chipping and wear, so your pergola looks good no matter what type of weather conditions it's exposed to.
Steel pergolas are also more durable than aluminum and vinyl pergolas, which means they can withstand harsh outdoor conditions. Once you put up a metal pergola in your yard, you'll be able to spend your time enjoying the space it creates, not worrying about the upkeep.
Do metal pergolas rust?
The idea of your metal pergola rusting can be a very scary thought! You spent a lot of money on this structure; you want it to look good for a long time. If you get a high-quality steel pergola that has been treated with rust protection, like the ones we offer, you won't have to worry about rust.
What needs to be done to protect my metal pergola?
The appeal of metal pergolas is that they don't require a lot of maintenance, but if you live in an area that sees a lot of adverse weather conditions and you want to keep your structure looking good for as long as possible, there are some things you can do to protect it, including the following:
- Clean it often. Using a hose and/or soft scrubber, remove dirt and debris from your pergola at least once a month.
- Add a rust inhibitor. You'll want to use a soft paintbrush to apply this coating, and you'll want to reapply it once a year.
- Inspect your pergola regularly. Taking the time to inspect your pergola at least once a month helps you discover and fix any problems before they become major issues.
What is better, a metal or wood pergola?
There isn't a definitive answer to this question, as it depends on your personal preference. Wood pergolas can give your yard a warm, traditional aesthetic, while metal pergolas don't require as much maintenance. Both wood and metal pergolas can also be treated to withstand moisture, so rust and mold shouldn't be an issue. Both create an amazing outdoor space that is inviting to friends and family, so you get to decide which one will work best for your budget and lifestyle.