Summertime is right around the corner, which means cookouts and outdoor parties. It also means it’s time to clean up your outdoor entertainment area - including your pergola. Pergola maintenance for the most part isn't too demanding, but it is still important to stay on top of it to ensure the integrity and beauty of your pergola remains intact.
The general consensus is that a pergola is supposed to be a self-sufficient structure that doesn't need much upkeep, however, that's not entirely true. While pergolas are sturdy and built to last, you can't just leave them completely unattended. Like all outdoor furnishings, a pergola still needs to be looked after, especially during high-usage seasons such as the summer months.
Here are some ways that you can stay on top of your summer pergola maintenance.
Inspect for Damage
When a pergola is left unattended for a long period of time like during the winter season, it can develop structural problems, rust, and even termites depending on the material of your pergola. Take a look at your pergola and scan for surface damage - if you are unsure if you’re pergola is damaged, give Florida Pavers & Pergolas a call and we can talk through the issue, and even send out a team representative to inspect, if need be. Although structural damage isn’t common, it still occurs. If you suspect your pergolas weight-bearing beams are worn out, it might be best to replace them before it’s too late.
Regular cleaning of your pergola can increase its lifespan. Florida Pavers & Pergolas recommends that you routinely hose down your pergola using a high-pressure water hose that has the power to eliminate grime and dirt with ease. Just be sure not to use too high of a pressure, especially if your pergola is a bit older.
Trim the Greenery
If you have vines or another type of climbing plant, it’s important to practice regular pruning and upkeep to ensure that you don’t ruin the aesthetics of your outdoor space. If you leave your plants unkept for too long, your backyard oasis can turn into an ugly disheveled eyesore before you know it.
Touch-Up if Needed
If your pergola is on the older side, now might be the time to give it a makeover. Painting or polishing your old pergola could be just what it needs to bring it a new life. If the finish of your pergola is still in good condition, consider adding lights or curtains to make it feel like a whole new pergola again. Sometimes all it takes is a little facelift to make you fall in love with your pergola all over again.
At the end of the day, your pergola upkeep doesn’t need to be extremely rigorous, but it still needs to happen. Hopefully, this article has inspired you to keep your pergola in pristine condition this summer with our simple pergola maintenance tips.
Florida Pavers & Pergolas services the following areas:
Orange County, Seminole County, Lake County, Osceola County, Volusia County, and Broward County. Our team commonly operates in Metro West, Doctor Phillips, Windermere, Kissimmee, Winter Garden, Gotha, Oviedo, Oakland, Apopka, College Park, Winter Park, Sorrento, Longwood, Altamonte Springs, Lake Mary, Heathrow, & Sanford.