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Old 05-05-2003, 01:08 PM
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Hi folks,

I've got a pergola out the back without a roof. My wife and I are
tossing up options for a translucent-style roof (ie, Shadecloth,
corrugated fibreglass etc) so that we may keep plants beneath it, and
give them some shelter.

Was hoping you'd share your opinions pros & cons of the different
roofing materials that you may have used yourselves.

Oh, we're also considering a kinda "thatched" roof too - not
traditional thatching (as one would see on European cottage roofs),
but those thin, tall, brown twiggy branches that are occasionally
bunched together in Australia to create attractive fences (sorry, my
knowledge of plant names is woeful - I hope you know what I mean!!).

Thank you kindly,

Jason Paris

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g'day jason,

it would probably come down to how much light you need to maintane say
for plants or light that may be neded in the house. pretty much plants
will grow under anything you put up as it protects them from the worst
of the sun, though roofs that don't let light through may limit plants
to being around the well lit parameter.

they have a carbon fibre translucent or tinted roof now that is
stronger that ulcanite, you can also keep heat build up down by laying
shade cloth under those types of roofs.

my thoughts

len

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I have a pergola at the back of my place. I find that the plants under it
do so much better than those that are out in the full glare of the sun. The
beauty of the shadecloth is that the rain (when it does come!) just
percolates through. It also makes a nice spot to have a rest or a meal out
of the glare of the sun.
I don't know what strength it is though.

I know the branches you mean. I think they're tea tree or something
similar.

Judanne

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Hi folks,

I've got a pergola out the back without a roof. My wife and I are
tossing up options for a translucent-style roof (ie, Shadecloth,
corrugated fibreglass etc) so that we may keep plants beneath it, and
give them some shelter.

Was hoping you'd share your opinions pros & cons of the different
roofing materials that you may have used yourselves.

Oh, we're also considering a kinda "thatched" roof too - not
traditional thatching (as one would see on European cottage roofs),
but those thin, tall, brown twiggy branches that are occasionally
bunched together in Australia to create attractive fences (sorry, my
knowledge of plant names is woeful - I hope you know what I mean!!).

Thank you kindly,

Jason Paris



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(Jason Paris) wrote:

Was hoping you'd share your opinions pros & cons of the different
roofing materials that you may have used yourselves.


Climbers over pergola: pretty, can use deciduous for winter sun/summer shade.
Level of maintenance depends on creeper (wisteria needs a light prune in
summer and strategic pruning when dormant in winter to direct its growth).

Fibreglass: long-lasting, but after a few years you get birds pulling the
fibres off for nesting material, and dirt catches in the crevices. May get
hot if there is insufficient cross-ventilation.

Oh, we're also considering a kinda "thatched" roof too - not
traditional thatching (as one would see on European cottage roofs),
but those thin, tall, brown twiggy branches that are occasionally
bunched together in Australia to create attractive fences (sorry, my
knowledge of plant names is woeful - I hope you know what I mean!!).


That would be tea-tree. It's traditionally used in bush-houses such as you
wish to create. No idea what the lifespan is.

Consider also the effect that a shaded pergola will have on teh light levels
in your house. Which way does the pergola face?

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