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A heavy Timber pergola is any pergola where instead of using 2 x 2 Cedar material, you're using 3 x 3 or greater than 3 by Cedar materials. So all Pergolas in Colorado should be constructed out of rough Cedar or Western red cedar, it’s the only material that holds up really well in our climate and it's fairly low maintenance in the fact that you can stain it, you can paint it or you can just let it turn out silver but it just holds up much better in our climate than any other material. It is a long-term material.

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Now traditional pergola, even though you will have six by six Timber posts and you’ll have 3 by 3 Timber beams, the actual rafters are traditionally 2 by 8 or 2 x 10 depending on their distance from the house. These rafters will be spaced 16 inches on center and they can be built with a variety of materials. For an even more rustic look, Heavy Timber Pergolas are a great option. Heavy Timber Pergolas are built with 6x8 or 6x10 posts and beams, giving them a more substantial look. The rafters used in Heavy Timber Pergolas are 4x8 or 4x10, which gives them the authentic rustic look that is desired. Heavy Timber Pergolas are built to last and are a great way to add character and charm to any outdoor space. They can be built with a variety of materials, such as Redwood, Cedar, Douglas Fir, or other species. Heavy Timber Pergolas are also a great way to provide some shade and shelter to outdoor spaces, making them a perfect addition for any home or garden.

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Now a heavy timber cedar pergola, like I had said, is going to be a 3 by minimum, so you’ll have 6 by or 8 by cedar posts and then you'll have your 3 by or your 4 by Cedar beams. We typically do a split beam, as you'll see in the photos, and that would be a 3 by 10 or 3 by 12 or a 4 by 10 or 4 by 12 or you can even go with like a 6 by 10 or 6 by 12 cedar beam and then the rafters would be a 3 by 8 by 10 or even a 4 x 8 or 4 x 10. We've even done the 6 by 8 and the 6 by10.

Is cedar good for support beams?

Cedar is an excellent choice for support posts, underlying frame and cross beams in your deck. It is one of the few species of wood that is naturally resistant to the elements, which is why it is classified as durable for outdoor use in building codes across North America. With cedar, you can be sure that your pergola will stand strong for years to come.

A heavy timber pergola is more designed to give an architectural statement, just want it to look heavy, you want to look beefy. It does have some properties where it’s giving you shade but really it’s more of a statement piece than anything else. You could put 2 x 4’s on the top to give it a little bit more dimension, a little more shade.

How much weight can a cedar 4x4 support?

A Heavy Timber Pergola is a great option for adding architectural interest and beauty to your outdoor space. With an 8-foot 4x4, you can safely support up to 500 pounds in the center, or up to 1,000 pounds when the weight is spread out along the same 4x4.

The other reason you would do a heavy timber pergola is because the span of the space you are wanting to cover. If you are wanting to cover let's say a 20 ft by 18 ft space, you're not really going to be able to comfortably cover that with 2 by cedar material, you really need to go with the heavier timber. These are very sturdy and have a beautiful esthetic for your outdoor entertaining area. In areas of Denver metro, such as Highlands Ranch, Arvada, Lakewood, Golden, Broomfield and Aurora, you will see many of these heavy timber pergolas that withstand the weather and climate of Colorado very well.

Can you use cedar as structural lumber?

Western Red Cedar is often seen as a non-structural material, however this is inaccurate. While it is not as strong or load-bearing as other woods such as Douglas Fir and Hemlock, Western Red Cedar can still be used in structural applications. It is naturally durable and stable, making it an ideal choice for outdoor projects such as pergolas.

If you are considering having a heavy Timber pergolas installed make sure to let us help you understand all of your options. Of course when building a Heavy Timber Pergola, those heavier dimensions of cedar are going to be more expensive and Cedar is at a premium right now but it tends to balance out because you don't typically do as many rafters in a heavy timber pergola application.

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