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Homeowners and businesses looking to add an aluminum pergola to a deck or patio should consider a variety of factors before making this long-term investment. Understanding these factors will allow buyers to estimate the lifespan of their purchase.

What are the different parts of a pergola?

The standard aluminum pergola parts consist of columns, rafters, beams and stringers. The aluminum pergola columns are the vertical foundations of the structure. Pergolas attached to another building will feature two columns, while standalone pergolas will usually have four. Aluminum pergola beams are placed on top of the columns and span the width of the structure. They provide support to the rafters and stringers. Aluminum pergola rafters run perpendicular on the beams and aluminum pergola stringers run parallel on top of the beams. They are evenly spaced, resulting in a grid-like roof. Traditional pergola roofs are not solid, meaning they only provide partial shade. However, some aluminum gazebo parts allow different roof styles to provide maximum shade depending on the preferences of the homeowner. These include the standard slats or rafters providing partial shade, motorized roofs and retractable canopies that provide adjustable shade and fixed shade canopies that provide continuous full coverage.

How long will an aluminum pergola last?

Fortunately, a gazebo made with aluminium pergola parts can last a lifetime if properly cared for. Extruded heavy-duty aluminum is a strong and durable material that can last a really long time without cracking or warping and they come with the added bonus of being nearly maintenance-free. There is no worry of material decay because of their weather and rust resistance. Additionally, pergolas from aluminum are often less expensive than wood and longer lasting than vinyl options. With a wide range of global suppliers on Alibaba.com, it is easy to find aluminum pergola parts for sale at wholesale prices.

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