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How to Build a Pergola

Create an inviting outdoor space that's partially shaded by overhead rafters and climbing vines.

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Step 2: Select Building Materials

Rot-resistant species such as cedar will ensure the long life of a pergola. Posts and rafters can also be pretreated with an oil or stain to further protect wood against the elements. To alter the natural wood tone, select a tinted wood treatment. For this project, a non-toxic weathering treatment that protects the wood and lends patina was applied.

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