How to fix a pergola to paving slabs
Most people want their pergola installed onto their patio, as its going to sit front and centre in your garden entertainment zone. So let’s make it really clear how to fix your pergola to your paving slabs.
Ensuring you have the proper footings
So, you've decided to add a beautiful Aluminium Pergola to your outdoor space. Great choice!
But before you dive into the exciting part of assembling it, let's make sure you have the proper footings in place.
Footings are essentially the foundation of your pergola and play a crucial role in its stability and longevity. They provide a solid base that prevents shifting, especially when exposed to various weather conditions.
So, how do you ensure that your footings are up to par? First things first, determine the size and depth of your footings based on the weight and size of your pergola.
This information can usually be found in the assembly instructions provided by the manufacturer. If you’re not sure, reach out to your provider.
Once you've established the dimensions, it's time to have them laid. Landscapers, handymen and more can do this for you, you might even have a concrete base under your patio. The key is to get a floorplan for your pergola, we can provide these, and then have your chosen tradesperson work to that when laying the foundations for your pergola.
Before moving on to other steps of pergola installation, allow sufficient time for the concrete to cure completely.
Remember that proper footings are crucial for the overall stability and safety of your pergola. Neglecting this step might lead to structural problems down the line, so take the time to ensure everything is done right.
Considering the fall of your patio and level changes
No need to worry if you're constructing your pergola on uneven terrain. Aluminium Pergolas can be installed to combat the natural slope of your surface to ensure efficient rain drainage. This ensures a gentle incline should always be present. The chances are your patio isn’t level, because a patio needs a natural fall in order for rainwater to drain.
For small level changes 50mm and below, the recommended approach is using spacers to ensure all the pergola legs are level. If you’re combating something like a level change, the installer will need to cut down some of the pergola legs to ensure the right level is maintained.
Drilling through your paving slabs
Next up you will drill through your paving slabs, and secure the pergola footplates into the foundations below, ensuring all legs are secured down. If you are installing onto porcelain tiles then we’d recommend using a diamond drill fitting to mitigate cracking.
Hiding all the fixings
A good Aluminium Pergola comes with a detachable footplate for each leg. So once you’ve fixed your pergolas legs into it’s foundations, the footplate goes over the top to hide all fixings.