Creating an open-air leisure zone in your backyard that is comfy and provides coolness can be somewhat a challenge, especially during the hot Australian summer. Gratefully, with numerous designs and styles, pergolas have proven to be great landscape enhancements that not only add to your home’s aesthetics by creating a mood but also extending your family’s warmth and hospitality.
In Australia, pergolas, outdoor decking, etc. draws people’s attention aesthetically and visually. However, maintaining such structures and getting the most out of it can be a bit difficult.
If you are a backyard enthusiast and have a decent pergola, this post will help you determine the best ways to get the most out of your pergola.
#1 Refurbishment – Once A Year
Wooden pergolas are the most common types in Australia. However, due to harsh weather, stains and mildew compromises the look of the outdoor structures. So, they must be repaired and restored every year with wood treatment. This not only enhances the visual appeal of the structure but also add longevity as well. To achieve this, you can simply wash your pergola with a solution of water and bleach mixture. This can help remove even the toughest stains. Once dried, you can apply any of the wood treatment, including paint. In case, if you have a metal pergola, you ensure to clean the rust build-up with a bristle brush and then paint it with any colour you want.
#2 Trim the Vines, Creepers, and Other Bushes
Pergolas look better with the flora around. Mostly, climbers and creepers are the preferred choices around the pergola as this touch of foliage improves the look and atmosphere of the area. However, overgrown flora can put weight on the structure, especially in the wooden ones. Although these structures are designed in such a way that they can handle weights, it is recommended to keep the vegetation neat and trimmed once a while.
#3 Lighted Pergolas
If you want to add a midas touch to your pergola, we recommend you go with Edison bulbs. Nothing beats the style and warmth of these lights. Moreover, having them in strings will give your backyard a café-type styling that will quickly improve the ambience of your outdoor decking space. It doesn’t require you to have tall trees; you can simply hang these string lights over the beams of your pergola to give it a rich and unique look.
#4 Have Furniture That’s Weatherproof
Obviously, you would want to sit under the shade of your pergola. Under the circumstances when there is heavy rainfall or wind, it isn’t practical to load your furniture and run inside your home. So, invest in high-quality, sturdy outdoor furniture that can bear the harsh weather of Australia.
These are some critical aspects that can help you get the most out of your pergola. If you have any queries regarding your pergola, comment below.