Reasons to Take Down a PergolaThere are different reasons to take down a pergola. Of course, one of the most obvious is wear and tear. When a pergola suffers enough exposure to the outside elements, the structure becomes unstable and therefore dangerous.
An outdoor pergola provides a framework for climbing vines. Replacing a pergola should not be an overly exhausting chore, especially if you have the right tools, some time, the correct know-how and possibly a friend or two to help. If you do not need to keep the materials undamaged, the task comes down to a demolition job. If you want to keep the parts, pay attention when you remove the old garden pergola. —Do It Yourself.comAnother reason is to make room for another hardscaping feature. Or, to replace it with something completely different, like a backyard playset or a patio area. Additionally, it could free up enough space for a swimming pool or to make room for a shed.
DIY Pergola Removal Guide for Venice and BeyondFirst, begin with any electrical components. You’ll need to turn off the power (if applicable) and remove any lighting, along with power outlets. Next, you’ll need to cut any vines free that are connected to any other thing, like a fence. Then, do the following:
- Take off the roof. If there are panels along the top, unfasten each and then stack them together, well away from the pergola to have ample room to move around.
- Prop-up the vertical support beams. Next, you’ll need to prop-up the supports. Use long 2×4-foot beams to prop-up the vertical support posts. This is necessary, because as you remove the cross beams at the top, the vertical posts might substantially sag or collapse.
- Remove the cross beams that run the width of the pergola. After the vertical supports are propped-up, remove the cross beams one at a time and stack them away.
- Take down the vertical support posts. To finish the take down, you’ll need to take the support posts out of the ground. You can first cut them down, leaving just a couple or more feet above the ground. Then, dig around and up. Lastly, dispose of the materials responsibly.