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Archive for July, 2010

Gazebo/Shade Structure Kit?

Saturday, July 10th, 2010

Question: Gazebo/Shade Structure Kit?
Does anyone know where I can get a fairly easy kit for making a Gazebo or Pergola/Shade Structure to cover my Bar in my back yard. Bought one from Wal-Mart and in 1 year the wind destroyed the material on top and the wooden frame. Now I’d like to put one in the ground that does not have any material to rip!


We have a large selection of pergola kits available, where all of the material is already arranged, cut and shaped to specification, with hardware and instructions. And, if you have trouble getting it together, we’re here to answer any questions that you might have or to recommend someone in your area that might be able to help.

Is a vinyl Pergola better than wood?

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Question : Is a vinyl Pergola better than wood?
I want to build a Pergola over my patio. the pad is 25′x12′. I would like it to be attached to my house face and then supported by 2 or 3 columns. Are the vinyl kits as good as wood?


They both have positive and negative attributes.  The main reason many people buy wood, is because they like the natural look and feel of wood.  The main reason that people buy vinyl is because it is maintenance free and easy to assemble.  So, you have to account for personal preference in the decision.  See our earlier article: Why choose vinyl?

Does anyone sell pergola kits that you can assemble yourself?

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Does anyone sell pergola kits that you can assemble yourself?

Not everyone has the skills or time to tackle a project like this from scratch. And most people will try Home Depot, Lowe’s, & garden centers first. The ones you find on-line are usually a better assortment but involve shipping and time in transit. Also, Sam’s Club & Costco will carry a kit sometimes. At Simply Pergolas, that’s pretty much all we do. So, if you can wait a few days for it to ship, rather than buying the one kit that the local hardware store carries, then you won’t have to worry about hauling it home. Depending on the kit that you choose, and the material that you choose, the kit could weigh anywhere between 100 lbs and 900 lbs, so obviously you wouldn’t want to put a 900 lb pergola kit into your car.