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A magnificent mahogany or red cedar pergola you can build yourself.

A natural mahogany or cedar pergola will be a wonderful feature of your garden decor, which youíll enjoy for many years to come. Mahogany and red cedar pergolas come in a fantastic variety of shapes, sizes and designs.

Your pergola may include natural cedar or mahogany benches where you can relax in the shade and enjoy your garden, and you can even grow vines and climbing plants over the pergola itself.

 Itís very easy to build a red cedar or mahogany pergola, providing you have a few basic skills and tools, a spare weekend or two, and preferably a few willing helpers. To get you started, youíll find some great pergola plans and design guides you can download from the internet.

If youíre a complete DIY novice, or youíre a little short on time, you may prefer to build your pergola using a kit. Natural mahogany or cedar pergola kits come with all the components of the pergola already cut and drilled, so all you need to do is assemble. Just follow the links from this site for more information on pergola kits, plans, design guides and materials.

Alternative materials for building your pergola.

For many people, the classic look of natural red cedar or mahogany is impossible to beat. However, there are some much more economical alternatives for pergolas which have a very similar look to real timber.

Wood composite materials are manufactured from natural wood fibers combined with a high tech polymer material, so they have a natural timber look at a much lower cost.

Composite materials also have the advantage that they donít splinter or rot, and they never need to be repainted. If you have a pergola built from natural red cedar or mahogany, youíll need to be prepared to put in the effort and expense of the ongoing maintenance which will be required to keep it looking good.

With wood composite materials, all that will be required is an occasional wash with the garden hose to keep the pergola clean.

For more information on pergolas, please read this article Why build an Arbor, Pergola or Trellis.


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