PERGOLA Fasteners and Screws
Don't cut corners on your pergola. Choose our reliable fasteners for long-lasting results.
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Shade, Beauty, and Outdoor Relaxation
Pergolas, like decks, are loved by those who want to extend their outdoor living space. Pergolas make a great project because they can be built from a variety of materials and can be designed to fit almost any space. The most common material is wood, but vinyl or fiberglass kits are available. Pergolas are popular because they offer a wide range of benefits. They can be built with common materials like pressure treated lumber or cedar, and their designs can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be, making it an approachable project for the weekend warrior. A pergola will add style and value to any outdoor living space. Orientated correctly and built with a shade style top, it provides a welcomed shady spot on those hot sunny days. While not required, the addition of decorative brackets and some string lights transform a pergola into an entertainment focal point for your next gathering.
Building a Pergola
Options exists to buy a custom pergola kit, but a typical pergola can be made from standard wood and building materials found at your local home centers. Pergolas are generally composed of four corner columns that are used to support a cross beam open roof system. The shift away from conventional standard zinc color lag bolts toward decorative structural screws has been a good trend for pergola builders. Black hex headed decorative structural lags are commonly used in connecting the columns and beams, offering a nice, inexpensive, and decorative touch to wood pergola projects. Build your pergola with confidence knowing that SPAX® structural lags are third-party tested, and our High Corrosion Resistance (HCR®) coating will last as long as your project!
Things to Consider when Building a Pergola
Planning and Design
Choose a suitable location for the pergola based on the client's preferences and the layout of the outdoor space. Check local regulations to determine if any permits or approvals are required before construction. Collaborate with the client to develop a design that meets their needs and fits the overall aesthetic of the space.
Gather Materials and Tools
Measure the area and determine the required quantity of lumber, hardware, and other materials for the project. Purchase high-quality lumber, preferably treated for outdoor use, along with necessary hardware, concrete, and any additional features or accessories. SPAX has the right specialty fasteners for this job! Ensure you have the necessary tools, such as a circular saw, drill, impact driver, level, tape measure, post hole digger, hammer, and safety equipment.
Use stakes and string to mark the perimeter and layout of the pergola. Remove any vegetation, rocks, or debris from the site, ensuring a clean and level surface.
Use a post hole digger to create holes for the pergola's support posts, following local building codes for depth and spacing. Place the posts in the holes and secure them with concrete or gravel, ensuring they are level and plumb. Allow the concrete to cure according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Beam and Rafters Installation
Attach the horizontal beams to the support posts, ensuring they are level and securely fastened. Attach the diagonal or vertical rafters to the beams, evenly spacing them and securing them in place. Use a level to ensure proper alignment.
Install lattice panels, shade cloth, or other decorative elements as per the client's specifications. If the client desires lighting or fans, plan and install the necessary electrical wiring before finishing the pergola.
Smooth any rough edges using sandpaper and apply a protective finish or stain to the pergola for longevity and aesthetics. Ensure the structure is stable and secure by conducting a thorough inspection and making any necessary adjustments.
Remember, every pergola project is unique, and specific details and techniques may vary based on the design and client preferences. It's important to consult local building codes and regulations, as well as adapt the construction process to suit the specific project requirements.
Our Double Barrier Coating
Our HCR® (High Corrosion Resistance) double-barrier coatings offer superior protection with a double barrier. First plated with a zinc base coat and finished with a durable top coat, they’re engineered to hold up to the harshest conditions. Tested and recognized for use in ground contact pressure treated lumber for exterior, freshwater general construction applications (e.g., AWPA UC1-UC4A, UCFA).
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Exterior Treated Lumber Approved Fastener Coatings
HCR is a dual-barrier coating system designed to extend the longevity of SPAX® fasteners in ground-contact, treated lumber and exterior freshwater applications. Plated with a zinc base coat and finished with a durable top coat, they are engineered to withstand the toughest conditions.
HCR-X is a SPAX-developed, proprietary, dual- barrier coating system with superior corrosion protection against red rust, designed for use in both treated lumber and freshwater environments.
304 stainless steel fasteners provide code- compliant use in ground-contact, pressure-treated, and fire-retardant-treated lumber in general and coastal construction projects. They’re well-suited for use with cedar and redwood decking.
SPAX® POWERLAGS® HIGH PERFORMANCE
SPAX offer the largest selection of code-recognized structural wood-to-wood fasteners in the industry.
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Find the right screw or fastener for your next job with the largest variety of diameters, lengths and head styles in the industry.
T-STAR WASHER HEAD HCR® POWERLAGS®
SPAX® T-STAR Washer Head PowerLags® with HCR® coating designed with low-profile, large diameter head design provides outstanding clamping force and improved aesthetics. The T-STAR drive offers excellent bit engagement without requiring a special driver bit. Available in 1/4”, 5/16”, and 3/8” diameters. SPAX HCR® Coating is approved for use in treated lumber.
HEX HEAD HCR® POWERLAGS®
SPAX® Hex Washer Head PowerLags® with HCR® coating are intended for wood to wood connections in exterior structural applications. These fasteners are designed with a hex head conventional driver system along with a built in washer for applications requiring superior pull-down force. Often used in high torque applications.
T-STAR PLUS FLAT HEAD HCR-X™
SPAX® T-STAR plus Flat Head fasteners with HCR-X™ coating are designed for use in multiple material connections often found outside residential domains. These construction fasteners are designed to countersink in treated lumber for a clean-flush finish and provides a quick and easy installation. In addition, they provide long-lasting, "contractor proven" secure connections.
T-STAR PLUS FLAT HEAD 304 STAINLESS STEEL
SPAX® T-STAR plus Flat Head 304 Stainless Steel screws are the ideal multi-purpose decking and construction fastener to offer corrosion resistance for wood decking, railing, fencing, and other outdoor wood projects near fresh water to prevent staining. When premium corrosion resistance is desired, SPAX 304 stainless steel is the best exterior screw option. T-STAR plus drive provides superior bit engagement over Phillips and square drive screws.