Fall Pergola Maintenance Tips
As the leaves start to change color and fall from the trees, it’s time to start thinking about fall pergola maintenance. If your pergola was installed by Mesa Awning, you can bet that it withstood all the spring and summer weather here in Arizona. However, there are still some things you can do to get your pergola ready for the cooler months. So, we’re here to provide you with some key tips that will help keep your pergola looking brand new year after year.
Clean off the Top
One of the most important things you can do for your pergola in the fall is to clean off the top. This will help remove any dirt, leaves, or other debris that may have accumulated over the summer. Not only will this make your pergola look nicer, but it will also help protect it from the winter weather.
To clean off the top of your pergola, you can use a pressure washer or a garden hose with a nozzle attachment. Just be sure to avoid getting water inside any of the cracks or gaps in the wood, as this could cause damage. If you’re not comfortable doing this yourself, you can always hire a professional to do it for you.
Check for Summer Weather Damage
Checking for summer weather damage is an important part of fall pergola maintenance. If you notice any damage that occurred over the summer, be sure to repair it as soon as possible. This will help protect your pergola from further damage and prolong its life. If you have a wood structure and posts, look for any water damage or cracks in the wood caused by high winds. Take note of its upright position and make sure it’s not leaning in one direction.
If you have a vinyl pergola structure, look for cracks or holes in the posts. These can make the structure unsound if not repaired right away. You should also look for any weathered or flaking paint, as this is also another sign it’s time for some pergola maintenance.
Seal Any Cracks or Gaps
If you notice any cracks or gaps in the wood of your pergola, be sure to seal them up as soon as possible. This will help protect the wood from the winter weather and keep it looking nice and polished. You can use a sealant that’s specifically made for outdoor use, or you can use a regular paint sealant. Just be sure to follow the instructions carefully and apply it in a thin coat.
Once you’ve applied the sealant, don’t forget to sand it down and apply a fresh coat of outdoor wood stain that matches the original structure. If you have any questions about how to seal your pergola, you can always contact Mesa Awning for more information. We would be happy to help you get your pergola ready for the colder months ahead!
Inspect for Possible Termite Damage
Termites can be a big problem for pergolas, as they can damage the wood structure over time. So, it’s important to be on the lookout for any signs of termite damage. Some common signs of termite damage include:
- Wood that’s been eaten away or hollowed out
- Dirt or mud near the base of the pergola posts
- Small holes in the wood
- Piles of wings near the entrance of the termite nest
If you notice any of these signs, be sure to contact a professional immediately. They will be able to inspect your pergola and determine whether or not it’s been infected by termites. If it has, they will be able to provide you with a treatment plan to get rid of them.
Keep Your Back Yard in Tip-Top Shape All Year Long
Pergolas add something special to your backyard oasis. But, failing to care for and maintain them means you’ll be replacing the entire pergola sooner rather than later. So, if you’re looking for low-maintenance, long-lasting shade solutions, contact Mesa Awning at (480) 969-4064. We proudly help residents throughout Phoenix, AZ, put up Alumawood® patio covers and window awnings – All to keep you cool!