Q: My 2×4 or 2×6 top shade planks are a little higher than some of the rafters. How do I screw them down?
A: Because our timber rafters vary sometimes in the thickness you may have a couple that is 1/16” to 1/8” shorter or taller than the rest. Please note that this is normal for timber and well within specs. This may apply also to 1 or 2 rafters that may be slightly wider than the pre-notched layout on the lower support beams. If this is the case please use a chisel to widen the layout mark as needed.
Q: My 2×4 or 2×6 top shade planks are not 100% straight as an arrow. How do I fix this?
A: This is the age-old question that has been asked since the beginning of time…how to keep wood from moving? Because each 2×4 or 2×6 top shade plank is fastened with two decking screws per rafter you will be able to tack the planks from one end to the other and this should straighten them out. The longer you let your kit sit before you install it the more your wood will begin to move. Our kits, like all timber structures, are designed to be fastened together as soon as possible.
Q: How often do I need to stain my timber pergola?
A: Some like to leave their pergola for many years giving it an aged faded look. Others like it to look pristine and new. We recommend, that if you want your pergola to look new longer, to re-stain it once within the first 9-12 months after installation then every 3-5 years after that as needed. (Keep in mind that this will depend on how much sun your pergola is exposed to on a daily basis.) Our timber kits are not like decks which need to be re-stained every year.
Q: Sap is dripping from the timbers on my pergola. Is this normal?
A: Yes, once your pergola is installed it may drop some sap for the first few weeks. Sometimes the timbers are just adjusting to the climate and altitude of your backyard.
Q: What is the best way to remove sap from my deck or patio?
A: We have had success removing sap with turpentine, lacquer thinner, or Goo Gone.