How to build a pergola roof

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How to build a pergola roof

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Project Overview

You can choose from a range of different shade types for your pergola. In this video you’ll see how to install shade battens. You can use these to cover as much or as little of the pergola as you like.
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This D.I.Y. Advice is part of a series How to build a pergola

Step by Step Instructions

1 Screw in the shade battens
2 Measure and cut the ends for a straight finish
  • Step 1. Screw in the shade battens

    Install your first batten so that it lines up with the edge of your pergola. Pre-drill the batten with your driver and then screw the batten to every rafter of the pergola. Use a spacer to show you where your next batten should go before you screw it down. This will make sure you’ll always have a consistent gap.
  • Step 2. Measure and cut the ends for a straight finish

    Now you’re ready to cut the rafter ends off so they are all the same length. Choose the line you want outside the final rafter. Then clamp a spirit level down to give you a neat, straight cut. Use the circular saw to carefully cut the battens and you’re done. 

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Circular saw
  • Pencil
  • Power drill
  • Power driver
  • Spirit level

Materials

  • Batten screws
  • Spacer
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