Do you have a concrete patio that could use some upgrades?
Are you looking for a stylish and unique place to sit outside when you want to use your patio?
Have you considered adding a pergola over your patio slab to make it more unique and aesthetically appealing?
If so, you’re in the right place! In this article, we’ll teach you everything you need to know about how to build a pergola on concrete patio slabs. You’ll find out about the types of materials you need and the ways in which you can modify these plans to create something unique, too.
Adding a pergola onto a concrete patio can be a great addition to your backyard. Here are some of our favorite reasons why:
Of course, no matter what inspires you, you’re sure to love the pergola you can build by following the directions below.
- 1First, decide how tall you want your pergola to be. From the corners of the patio pad that are adjacent to your home, measure this height and draw two perpendicular lines to mark where you’re going to place the height of the pergola.
- 2Gather your three 2x8 pieces of lumber and notch them using a jigsaw so that they can hold and support four beams.
- 3Level the ledger board you’re going to be using for the side of the pergola that is supported by the house. Pre-drill holes for your lag screws into the ledger board and fascia board both.
- 4Tighten the lag screws into the ledger board and fascia board using your ratchet.
- 5Mark the center of your four posts on the concrete by hammering a spike into the concrete to make a noticeable indentation.
- 6Use your drill with a masonry bit to make a hole at each of these marks.
- 7Place an anchor for the posts into each of these holes through the concrete and tighten.
- 8Install post supports by hammering the posts to the brackets using your hammer and heavy-duty nails.
- 9Clamp temporary braces made of extra lumber to your posts to hold them upright and in place until you’re finished building.
- 10Pre-drill countersink holes and then attach the notched end beams to the posts you have installed using your screws.
- 11Notch six pieces of lumber for your beams so that they can interlock with the notches you cut on the previous pieces of lumber.
- 12Interlock the layers and trim with a handsaw, or leave overhanging for a more rustic look.
- 13If you prefer, you can always trim the edges of the beams so that they’re more rounded for a decorative finish. This is entirely up to you and only alters the aesthetics of the pergola, however.
Remember that you aren’t limited to the pergola design listed above. There are a lot of different types of pergolas out there, and as long as you’re constructing something with four posts (or two posts and support from the side of your home for the other side of the structure), and something that has a slat-style roof, you’re probably building a pergola. When it comes down to it, the most important thing to remember is what a pergola is and how you can secure it firmly to your existing concrete patio without worrying about it getting knocked over by weather situations.
You can always customized the pergola plans listed above to meet your specific needs. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind if you’re planning to customize your pergola plans:
There’s a lot to remember when you’re building a pergola, but with the right plan in mind, you’ll have a great outdoor space in no time.