Pergolas are very aesthetically pleasing, functioning structures that often provide shade under rambling vines, which cover the top. Though these outdoor features are built from weather resistant wood, over time, the outside elements take their toll. If you don’t occasionally retreat the wood, it will insatiably start to rot. A pergola can also become compromised after a heavy rain and windstorm, causing it to lean and be unsteady.
Though taking down a pergola might seem like a very simple task, it’s actually a lot of work and requires a bit of caution to avoid safety hazards. If you aren’t sure about doing the job yourself, simply call in a junk hauling and removal service. The crew will not only take the structure down completely, but will also haul it off, saving you the time and money in the long run.
Steps to Take Down a Pergola Safely
Pergolas generally stand about 8 to 10 feet high and can be as big a 8×10-feet or even larger. With creeping vines spread all over the top and up along the support posts, these features become quite heavy. Since most homeowners don’t have ample room in their backyard to bring in a large tractor to knock the structure down, it must be done by hand.
An outdoor pergola provides a framework for climbing vines. Replacing a pergola should not be an overly exhausting chore, especially if you have the right tools, some time, the correct know-how and possibly a friend or two to help. If you do not need to keep the materials undamaged, the task come down to a demolition job. If you want to keep the parts, pay attention when you remove the old garden pergola. — Do It Yourself.com
What’s more, you have to plan ahead so it doesn’t unintentionally collapse and cause damage to other property. If the pergola is covered in vines, they must be either unwound or killed-off. You can use an herbicide to accomplish this and once the pergola is free of vines, follow these steps:
- Remove any lighting. It’s not uncommon for homeowners to equip their pergolas with outdoor lighting. Unplug the lights or shut off the dedicated breaker and then, uninstall the lighting and set is well aside to prevent it from becoming a tripping hazard.
- Uninstall electrical lines. If there is electrical conduit running up one of the support posts, uninstall it as well, placing it out of the way. If it’s corroded, properly dispose of it.
- Take off the roof. If there are panels along the top, unfasten each and then stack them together, well away from the pergola to have ample room to move around.
- Prop-up the vertical support beams. Use long 2×4-foot beams to prop-up the vertical support posts. This is necessary, because as you remove the cross beams at the top, the vertical posts might substantially sag or collapse.
- Remove the cross beams that run the width of the pergola. After the vertical supports are propped-up, remove the cross beams one at a time and stack them away.
- Pull down or cut down the vertical support beams. You can now remove the props and either pull down or cut down the vertical supports.
Once these are down, you can then dig-up the base each support post is sunk into, which is likely concrete.