pergola on deck with wire-mesh railing
Photo: William P. Steele
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Shade from a Pergola

The pergola's perpendicular rafters and purlins shade this Maryland deck. For more sun protection in the summer, the owners could plant climbing vines that would cover the top. The structure was bolted to the deck framing, and the decking was cut to fit around each post. The railings' wood frames hold welded wire mesh. The 2-inch mesh, which is powder-coated to prevent rust, doesn't compromise safety or the river view. A good source this type of wire is Riverdale Mills

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