Garage Trellis

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Garage Trellis: Everything You Should Know!

Looking to install a garage trellis to improve the aesthetic of this functional space? Keep reading for everything you need to know about garage trellises!

According to a remodeling impact report, 97% of real estate agents agree that curb appeal is an essential factor in the overall appeal. When planning to upgrade your outdoor space, you need to know what options are available to protect your outbuildings and garages from weather conditions while improving the way your home’s exterior looks.

Read this guide for information on a garage trellis, what benefits it can provide, and how to set one up for your garage. Your curb appeal will increase, and it will protect your property, so keep reading to maximize your outdoor home improvements.

What Is A Garage Trellis?

A garage trellis, also known as an eyebrow pergola, is a canopy over your garage door that can extend the usable area of your garage and shed. You can use this extra space as a carport for storing other things. You should consider investing in a garage trellis to create a functional and stylish feature.

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Benefits Of A Garage Trellis

Aesthetic Value

Your garage door and wall can be quite a plain and empty space. If you add a garage trellis to this bare space, you can create an interesting architectural structure.One couple did just this, transforming their outbuilding into a beautiful garage and making it look less like an old shed.

Extra Shade

The garage trellis provides extra shade outside your garage space so that you can sit underneath the decorative eave on a summer’s day, lemonade in hand.

Weather Protection

Your garage doors are vulnerable to intense weather, which might chip the paint and cause it to look worn and undesirable. The added protection offered by pergolas allows your exterior paint to remain intact despite strong weather conditions. You can also benefit from somewhere dry to stand on a wet day!

Window Protection

If you add a pergola, you can prevent a large window, or the small windows on your garage door, from being damaged. Storms can wreak havoc on your windows, and the pergola offers added shelter from wind and intense weather.

Benefits And Features Of HB Elements Easy To Install Trellis Kit

The HB Elements trellis kit is the best solution to add an eyebrow pergola to your garage doors easily. The benefits of this kit include:

  • The kit is PVC material, an excellent alternative to wood – it won’t split or rot and is highly durable, so you won’t have to replace it anytime soon.
  • It is effortless to install, and you can install it yourself, meaning you will significantly reduce your wait times for installation.
  • Once your pergola is set up, it won’t require much maintenance – perhaps only a wipe down every once in a while.

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How To Build A Garage Trellis

Building a garage pergola is cost-effective and straightforward; you can install it with woodworking tools. This section will tell you everything you need to know about your building project and designing garage pergolas.

Tools and Equipment

The tools you will typically need for this project include:

  • Clamps
  • A hammer
  • A drill
  • Circular/miter/jigsaws
  • A level and plumb ine
  • A post hole digger
  • A spade
  • A framing square

Design And Cut Rafter Tails

You will need a 2×4 clamped to your work surface, on which you will mark lines 1 and 4 inches from the end. You should then place a can along the edge of the wood in line with the 4-inch mark and draw along the can’s edge. You should then cut this line using a jigsaw and use this piece as a template for marking the other tails.

If you get a trellis kit, this step will not be required, as the pieces will come to you ready to be fitted together.

Shape The Purlins

Take your 2×2 and draw a 45-degree angle across the corner 1.5 inches from the top edge. Then use a miter saw to cut this line. Use this purlin as a template for the others.

Use Wood Staining On The Parts

Sand your purlins and rafter tails, and then apply a thin coat of stain to all sides of each piece. Leave it to dry and repaint, and then allow it to cure. You can opt for a HB Elements wood stain which will be durable and easy to clean for a long-lasting natural wood effect.

Anchor And Plumb The Parts

Use a 1/8 drill bit to create a pilot hole, and then apply caulk to the back of your bracket. Fasten the bracket to your frame with a 3-inch deck screw. Then, ensure your shelves are level and secure them with more screws, using caulk in each pilot hole before the screw.

Mark The Rafter Tails

Gather the rafter tails in line with each other, and mark a line 6 inches from each end.

Clamp The Assembly And Install Purlins

Subtract the total thickness from the depth of your brackets and divide by 4 to get even spacing for your rafters. Cut spacer blocks in line with this figure, and clamp the assembly together. Then, subtract the total thickness of your purlins from the distance between your 6-inch end marks. You should then cut spacer blocks to match this spacing and create a t shaped spacer block for the overhang of your purlins. Then, drill in your purlins using your spacer blocks, starting from the end and working inwards.

Position And Fasten Trellis

Get someone else to help you hoist your rafters onto the brackets. You will need to mark a centerline on your pergola and center bracket to match them up and ensure even placement. Then, clamp your pergola to the brackets and secure it with 3.5-inch deck screws.

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If you invest in a trellis kit, the installation of your garage pergola will be as straightforward as it can be, and you will be left with a stunning feature to add to your garage. If you’re considering upgrading your curb appeal, why not repair your exterior window trim? HB Elements provides a wide range of products to help you increase your home’s exterior visual appeal with a PVC exterior trim building system with millwork, molding, columns, louvers, pergolas, and brackets.