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How to Build an Awning or Arbor for Your Deck

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An arbor is a shade feature included on some decks that is supported by at least two posts and is usually integrated into the rail system. An arbor typically consists of a wood beam attached across two upright posts with smaller louvered members spaced across the top to provide shade or a place to hang plants. Arbors are similar to pergolas, but are usually more narrow and less enclosed. It is a common detail to add a decorative cut to the ends of the beams and louvers. A good arbor separates itself from others in the attention to details. How do the pieces relate to one another and how do they physically connect? Search out some pictures on the internet until you find a design that appeals to you. Arbors should be strategically located on the deck to reduce harsh sun angles and enhance the comfort of the space.


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How to Build an Awning or Arbor for Your Deck



An arbor is a shade feature included on some decks that is supported by at least two posts and is usually integrated into the rail system. An arbor typically consists of a wood beam attached across two upright posts with smaller louvered members spaced across the top to provide shade or a place to hang plants. Arbors are similar to pergolas, but are usually more narrow and less enclosed. It is a common detail to add a decorative cut to the ends of the beams and louvers. A good arbor separates itself from others in the attention to details. How do the pieces relate to one another and how do they physically connect? Search out some pictures on the internet until you find a design that appeals to you. Arbors should be strategically located on the deck to reduce harsh sun angles and enhance the comfort of the space.


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