Terrace and pergola project finished

Last summer, I wrote about our terrace and pergola project; and in May this year I mentioned that we are continuing with the paint layers next. After that, most of May and June free time was spent adding a couple of layers of paint to every surface of the construction. The rafters (or laths) supporting the transparent roofing were painted while still on the ground. The transparent roofing was made from Icopal Fastlock Uni — a strong polycarbonate sheet material, which has UV filtering top layer and a 10 year guarantee. However, I think “Fastlock” is a bit exaggeration on the fixing mechanism: it took a couple of days of dedicated pushing, pulling and nailing to get the thin, 20 cm sheets connected and then solidly fixed to the rafters. The outcome was nice, though. The roof looks pretty neutral (and it is a must in a climate like we have in Finland). Here are some photos:

Freshly painted terrace, doing some washing:
24.05.2009

Fixing the “fastlocks”:
27.06.2009

The finished terrace & pergola:
28.06.2009

You can see the entire story of the project in photos via this link.

Author: frans

Professor of Information Studies and Interactive Media, esp. Digital Culture and Game Studies in the University of Tampere, Finland.

4 thoughts on “Terrace and pergola project finished”

  1. I’m actually a bit surprised to see what a handy DIY man you are! I thought you were more the guy who reads about pergola building and discusses the metaphorical aspects of it rather than gets his hands dirty. 😉 Well done.

    And I guess you don’t have the masses of mosquitos preventing any outside activity in Tampere either. Have fun then!

  2. Well, I must admit, I would probably have preferred to handle this in proper, theoretical level rather than through the sweat-tears-and-swearing way. 🙂 But indeed: almost no mosquitoes around! (Some benefits from relocating South from Lapland…)

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