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Wood Pergola FAQ

What is the best way to protect my cedar pergola?

After investing in a pergola, you want to make sure that it's going to look good and last for a long time. When it comes to protecting your cedar pergola, some of the things you should consider doing include the following:

  • Seal and apply wood stain to your pergola at least once a year.
  • Remove mold stains. The best way to do this is to create a mixture of one cup bleach with a gallon of water and use a soft-bristled brush to work the mixture into the wood.
  • Fill in cracks or chips with flexible wood filler.
  • Keep vines and other foliage trimmed to reduce the amount of weight on the wood structure.

What is the best wood for a pergola?

Wood pergolas are usually made using one of several types of durable wood. One of these types is cedar. Cedar is a popular choice because it is strong as well as naturally rot- and insect-resistant. Cedar is an amazingly tough wood that comes in an abundance of colors. As it spends time in the sun, it will obtain a silverish tone that makes it look regal, not worn out.

How long will a cedar pergola last?

How long your cedar pergola lasts depends on how well you maintain it. If you do the bare minimum, you can expect your pergola to last for about five years. However, if you clean, stain and seal your cedar pergola annually, you can greatly increase its lifespan. Your cedar pergola may last up to 12 years or longer.

Cedar is a sturdy wood with a natural ability to resist rot and insects, and it can also withstand a variety of adverse weather conditions. Due to its durability, it's a great choice for outdoor structures, and with proper care, you can keep your pergola looking great for a long time.

Why are wind ratings and certifications important?

The weather can be unpredictable, and if a storm rolls through your area, you want to make sure your outdoor structure can withstand whatever it is exposed to. Wind ratings are important because they let you know what wind speed your pergola can withstand.

Are cedar pergolas durable?

Yes, cedar pergolas are durable. Cedar has a natural ability to resist rot and insects. In addition, cedar also resists warping (no matter how hot or cold it may get in the area in which you live), as well as mildew. It can also withstand a variety of weather conditions. Cedar is prized for its ability to stand tall and remain sturdy for years on end, which is why it's commonly used for a variety of outdoor uses, not just pergolas.

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