Compact and simple, this garage door pergola is an affordable weekend project and an easy way to dress up a garage.
Two matching assemblies of horizontal girders (basically short projecting beams) and knee braces support a pair of long crossbeams, which are topped by a series of short 2×2 rungs, creating the appearance of a horizontal ladder.
Proper mounting and support are critical. The two end assemblies feature stout timber screws that lock the components together and also secure them firmly to the wall by means of a vertical 2×2 cleat. It’s essential that the mounting screws attach to the wall framing itself and not to the surface trim of the siding.
Because of its light weight and strong weather resistance, Western red cedar makes a good choice for this type of pergola. A pair of 2×4 crossbeams can safely span 8 feet, but check your local building codes. Wider spans will require increasing the crossbeam size to 2×6 or 2×8 lumber.
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