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Old 03-28-2007, 10:08 PM   #1
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Aluminum girders to top pergola?


I've purchased some beautiful FRP (fiber reinforced polymer) 8' colums to build a very large pergola, but I'm undecided about the top. I don't want to use wood. I wanted iron but can't get anyone to tackle something so large. Then I saw one exactly like my idea, only done with aluminum girders for both the headers and the crosspieces; it looked surprisingly terrific. I will be planting vines over it. There are architectural aluminum companies that make aluminum in a variety of colors (like bronze) that would look great. Any thoughts?

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Old 03-30-2007, 08:34 PM   #2
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Going to be pretty pricey, but other than that, I don't know any drawbacks.
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Old 03-31-2007, 09:18 AM   #3
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Cost may be prohibitive having beams made. How about using wood and having them clad with roll stock by a siding guy with a break.
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