Winter Care for Your Pergola

pergola-in-winterDid you know that your pergola needs TLC in winter just like your fence does?

First, let’s talk about the lattice panels on your roof. If you haven’t done so already it’s a good idea to get out there and remove them. Leaving the weight of snow on these panels tends to reduce a pergola’s structural integrity, which means you won’t get to enjoy it as long as you could. If you don’t have lattice panels you don’t have to worry about this step.

A vinyl pergola won’t need much maintenance. But a northern white cedar pergola will. You’re really going to need to pay attention to moisture. Make sure that you clear snow away from your pergola to prevent moisture build-up.

Hopefully you applied a good oil based stain to your pergola in the summer at the same time that you did your fence. This will help your pergola withstand the harsher weather.

Choosing the right material for your pergola in the first place can make a huge difference in the amount of maintenance you have to pour into them. For example, many companies will use pressure treated pine, which is very susceptible to rot and warping. Cedar is not susceptible to either so long as you treat it right during the summer.

If you want to use your pergola in the winter, you can. Just add a heat source like a fire-pit or outdoor heater. Add a canopy (just keep it clear of snow) and some pergola curtains to cut the wind. If you continue to care for your outdoor furniture then you can have snowy s’mores on your back porch when the wind isn’t too bitter.

Remember, we keep installing in Mequon, Whitefish Bay and the rest of the Milwaukee metro area until the ground is completely frozen. So if you want a new fence, pergola, or gazebo for 2014, just call us. We’ll be happy to give you a free estimate!

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