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Tuesday, July 25, 2023

Steel Pergola Maintenance: Keep Your Pergola Standing Strong and Looking Great

Highly versatile, metal pergolas make it possible for homeowners to carve out a purposeful space that effortlessly blends the line between indoor and outdoor living. We’re all about it!

Pergolas made from steel, a subcategory of metal pergolas, are more popular than ever due to homeowners’ growing interest in alternative building materials that deliver lasting performance and style. Checking each of those boxes, steel pergolas require minimal upkeep, which is a major part of their appeal. But like anything, it’s still important to take proper care of your outdoor structure.  

Here are a few simple steps to follow that will help keep your steel pergola standing strong and looking great.

Modern steel pergola extending the outdoor living space with couches and greenery.Backyard steel pergola with lights overhead and a seating are for an outdoor living space.

Prioritize regular cleaning with gentle soap and water

First and foremost, regular cleaning is important to prevent the buildup of dirt and common air pollutants (like pollen). Use a soft brush or cloth to remove loose dirt and then wash the pergola with soapy water. Mild dish soap will do the trick. Avoid using abrasive cleaners or heavy-duty power washing tools that can scratch the steel surface.

Inspect and tighten steel pergola components

The hardware components of your steel pergola, including the screws, bolts and fasteners, play a critical role in the structural integrity of the assembly. Make it a habit to regularly inspect the hardware to ensure that everything is secure and tightened properly. Doing so will give you peace of mind that family and friends are gathering under a safe steel framework. 

Steel pergola adjacent to pool, with fireplace and outdoor couches.Above view of steel pergola with greenery in the background.

Trim surrounding vegetation

If your steel pergola is surrounded by overgrown vegetation, consider trimming back plants, unruly vines and overhanging branches on a seasonal basis. This will prevent them from rubbing against or growing into the pergola. Keeping vegetation at a safe distance will also make it easier to see the entire assembly when it comes time to inspect those hardware components.

Ensure proper water drainage and clear debris

Incredibly durable, steel pergolas will sidestep any issues associated with moisture absorption, one of the most common reasons a traditional wood pergola will deteriorate over time. Even so, it’s still a smart idea to protect your pergola from unnecessary exposure to moisture. For instance, if the pergola is installed directly next to the house, you will want to regularly clear any debris (typically leaves) from the roof and gutters. Doing so will prevent clogging, which will help ensure water flows down and away from the pergola. Don’t forget to remove any fallen branches that may have landed on top of the pergola after a windstorm, as the added weight cause stress on the steel framework.

Evolution steel pergolas stand strong and look great

While steel pergolas are praised for their premium weatherability and low maintenance qualities, prioritizing regular cleaning and a few weekend chores can help ensure lasting style.

To create a custom outdoor living “room” that is easy to maintain, homeowners and industry professionals alike can turn to Evolution steel pergolas from Fortress Building Products. Engineered to withstand the damaging effects of weathering, its sleek steel components are dual-layer protected against fire, corrosion, twisting, insects and rot. A powder-coated finish provides enhanced corrosion resistance and UV protection. For ultimate peace of mind, Evolution steel pergolas are backed by a 25-year limited manufacturer warranty.

To find the perfect steel pergola to define your outdoor living space, check out our product page.


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