Now is the time to get your backyard ready for a summertime BBQ! Building a pergola can provide a touch of shade on hot afternoons and can impress all the people you haven’t seen lately. While we don’t have any ready-to-go pergola kits, we have supplied many pergola “packages” throughout the last few months.
Please note: bandsaw finish removes 1/8″ off each face. We don’t provide any hardware or finishing touches on the lumber you order, we leave that up to you!
Bring us a list of items you need for your project and we can organize it for you! We recommend using Yellow Cedar with a bandsaw finish for all pieces, but bandsawn Douglas Fir creates a very impressive look too. Click here to read our blog post showcasing bandsaw vs. rough cut finish. We’ve compiled a list of the most popular pergola pieces:
6″ x 6″ posts are the most popular and easy to manage style
8″ x 8″ posts provide a chunkier and heavy-duty look, consider using these if your structure is going to be quite large
10″ x 10″ posts offer an impressive look on a large structure, please be careful when lifting these into place, these suckers are heavy! Make sure you size up the beams and rafters to match this size of post, you don’t want to look mismatched after all your hard work
2″ x 6″, 2″ x 8″, or 2″ x 10″ are the most popular options to create the beams for the rafters to attach to, these are the easiest to work with
4″ x 6″ or 4″ x 8″ would be a heavy-duty alternative. You might need to phone a friend for help lifting and fastening these pieces into place
2″ x 6″ and 2″ x 8″ are the most popular sizes for pergola rafters. Pro tip: if you plan on detailing the end of the rafters, with an angle cut for example, account for this in the total length when ordering
4″ x 4″ are a popular size for corner angle braces. These provide stability between beams and posts, but are optional depending on construction
2″ x 4″ or 2″ x 6″ would be a suitable alternative
Optional Roof Slats:
2″ x 2″ slats are optional and depend on personal taste. These are fastened on top of the rafters and provide a little more shade and flair to the pergola, if that is the style you are after