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Install this affordable backyard amenity to attract tenants

Patios that are covered come in all shapes and sizes. They’re a great amenity to have for a single-family rental. The pergola is a popular covering that offers a natural feel and a look of outdoors for years to come.

Pergolas, which are open-air wooden structures, can be installed above patios and provide shade as well as a comfortable place to gather during a warm summer or a cool spring night. Pergolas are a great backyard amenity.

Vertical posts support an open lattice of cedar or other woods that can be covered, or left exposed to the elements. Some companies sell pre-made kits that range from $1,500 up to $5,000. Others will construct to your specifications. The cost of larger applications can range from $10,000 to $15,000

If properly maintained, pergolas can last up to 20 years. Maintenance is usually limited to re-staining the pergola every three to four years.

Chris Lee, the president of Earthworks says that pergolas are available in a variety of materials and can be used to cover any surface. They also offer property managers a way to retain residents by offering them perks. You can cover them with greenery, lightweight screens, breathable polyethylene and canopy-type materials that provide shade and reflect heat.

He said: “It is another way to create an area of gathering, and instill a sense of community that helps retain, and leasing.” “Cedar has a long-lasting durability. It is expensive, but not as much as building a steel structure. “You’re not carrying a lot so there aren’t really any big engineering requirements.”

Pergolas may look like a modern amenity but they have been around for centuries. The first pergolas were built in ancient Egypt, but Italy has been known to build them as early as the 1600s. The majority of pergolas were constructed with vines that grew up to shade the area. This practice is still in use today.

Lee: “We have clients who have planted Wisteria and Trumpet vines that grow over the structures,” Lee said. The wood is ideal for this, as it allows the plant roots to grow. We have some pergolas that are completely shaded, because the thick weave of Wisteria is all over the top. This was achieved by simply planting the plant at the corners. It will cover the pergola in a few years.

He warns that if plants are growing on pergolas, they can cause damage over time due to the moisture trapped between wood and plant. The issue of re-staining is also a concern.

Lee suggests that you maintain any vines and plants growing on your pergola so they don’t become out of hand.

He said, “It is like anything else; you need to maintain it.” These structures can last for 20 years with proper maintenance.

Pergolas are easy to retrofit into patios and pool areas due to their simple design. Earthworks installed a pergola that partially covered a swimming pool to provide relief from the summer heat.

The size doesn’t matter. Pergolas are available in a variety of sizes. They can cover a large area or occupy a small space with seating. Drapes provide a semi private area, while still allowing air to flow from the top.

You can choose between grass, stone and rock for the floor.

Lee stated that pergolas are a versatile tool. In the big scheme of things they aren’t crazy expensive and anyone can do it as long as you have a 12-by-12-foot area. All you need is a 12′ x 12′ area.

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