Rated 3.3 out of 5 by 4
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by MrVerrado Beats having to design your own!
I bought this kit last summer (2008) after we had moved into our new house. I didn't put it up until recently (5/09), because there were other features I wanted to build in the yard before this went up. The instructions show assembly of the pergola as freestanding. I chose not to. I bought concrete anchor posts, dug holes (spaced according to the final dimensions) and set the posts in concrete and then put it together. Spacing the posts was the hardest part. Once that was finished, the pergola assembled together over a couple of evenings after work. My wife pre-stained everything (with redwood stain) before assembly and then I put a final coat after it was finished. I have to say it looks good, but there were some problems. Much of the lumber is in really poor shape. I knew I wasn't going to get first rate lumber, but you'd think you should based on what you pay for the kit. Anyway, most of the beams were warped and twisted, had splits, or was really rough on one side. As with all wood projects, I adjusted the pieces the best I could and used bar clamps to pull the boards into shape before I assembled them. It worked out, but it took some time to adjust each section. The kit comes in three boxes. Mine barely survived the trip and I was definitely surprised I didn't have any missing pieces. It comes with all the hardware, even the square bit. You will still need to pre-drill your screw holes. And I highly recommend you do it anyway, even if you have the strongest drill on the planet. The wood is very susceptible to splits. Pre-drilling will help minimize that. I have noticed since I finished, that splits are showing up on many pieces. Since I live here in the desert, I had hoped it would provide a little more shade, but it doesn't. I added some 1x4's across the ladder sections for more shade and am really happy with the results. Overall, I'm happy with the kit.
May 28, 2009
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by viejita Montego bay pergola
I could not have done the job of putting it together Paid a proffesional to do it. they did it in about 8 to 9 hours on my cement patio( 2 guys) it looks pretty good except the spaces between the wood planks are too far apart,in the drawing does not reflect that, they seem a lot closer for the 10 x 12 it should had more wood pcs across
June 26, 2010
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Kenn This is a quality product.
This product was dropped in perfect shape on my drive. My wife and I loaded it on the patio. The next few days we spent waterproofing all the lumber. We did this because we were installing over a hot tub. Every part was exact in all dimensions. My wife and I were able to construct the whole project except for two phases which the neighbors helped me with. We are totally happy and have gotten many compliments.
June 5, 2012
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Suzy Would recommend professional installation/delivery service was not professional
The delivery service was not professional. I was told it would be delivered between 8-12 and it actually arrived at 2:45pm. I lost a whole day of work waiting. Then one person showed up to unload these incredibly heavy boxes. He basically drug them off the back of his truck and dropped on the the pavement. He would not take them to my backyard, but rather put them in my garage. So I got to haul heavy boxes back to my yard with some help from friends. There were damaged/cracked and split pieces, but we had a time limit to install this for a party and could not wait for replacement pieces. This is not easy to install and I would suggest professional installation. My friend who is a general contractor, had to make many adjustments to the unit to get it to square up and be level. Lots of shims to level it and extra wood trim pieces needed to cover up the bad pieces. It took 2 full days to get this installed. I love what it does for my yard, but it sure was a pain to complete!!!
August 22, 2012