Building a shade arbor on your house or in your yard is a great way to improve the look of your home and provide much needed shade. Shade arbors can be either stand-alone structures or attached to the side of a house or deck.
When building a shade arbor:
Attaching Arbor to House: When attaching a shade arbor to the side of a brick house, drill holes for lead shields and use screws through the arbor and into the shields to hold it securely. Use coated, galvanized, or stainless steel screws when attaching an arbor to wood, vinyl, or fiber cement siding, making sure to screw into sheathing and studs.
Anchoring Freestanding Arbors: To secure freestanding arbors, dig holes for the posts, and then fill around the posts with concrete. If the arbor is being constructed on an existing concrete slab, use lead shields and screws to attach metal post brackets to the concrete slab, then use screws to secure the posts to the brackets.
Building Shade Arbor: When constructing a shade arbor, design it so the joists rest on top of the posts. Use the same design throughout the structure when cutting angles or curves.
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