Installation Tips – Latitude Pergolas by sparrowjacc



                                            Installation Tips – Latitude® Pergolas

Design Decisions
Check that you are not placing a structure too close to a building, trees or your property lines. Confirm the location of any
underground utilities. Your municipality may also have regulations concerning easements, line of sight, lot coverage and
building permit requirements.

Latitude Pergola kits include pre-assembled panels, which are connected on site with rafters and cross-rafters that finish and
stabilize the structure. You will need braces or another person to support the panels while installing the rafters, and to right and
place the pergola in its final location.

Latitude pergolas are designed to be free-standing above ground when assembled. If anchoring posts to concrete piers or
slab or a deck surface, select saddles to fit a 2-3/4” post or bolt directly to a heavy-duty “L” bracket.

If the pergola is to be anchored to the structure of a deck, calculate the finished height from the decktop surface, and
trim post ends if necessary. Predrill for carriage bolts to fix to the supporting structure of joists and beams. Apply decking
around posts for a professionally finished look.

All cuts and large holes made in posts should be liberally brush coated with two applications of an end-cut preservative, to
protect the exposed wood against fungal decay.

You can look forward to many years of enjoyment of your Latitude Pergola. With time the colour will weather to a soft, natural
grey, but the wood will continue to be protected against fungal decay for decades to come. Applying a sealing coat of weather
repellent or stain will impede the natural fading of the wood.

                                                                                    Latitude® is a registered trademark of the Cambium Group.

                           This information is given in good faith, but no warranty, express or implied is made. Although every effort has been made to make these plans accurate, the possibility of
                           error always exists. As with all outdoor projects, you may wish to consult a building official regarding local requirements for such structures. The Cambium Group shall not be
                           responsible or liable therefore for results obtained or for injury or damages arising from the use of the information presented herein.

                                        IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Latitude preserved wood products are pressure treated with Alkaline Copper
Quaternary compounds. The main active ingredient is copper, which has long                        Important Application Information
been known to be an effective wood preservative. Copper and quaternary
compounds together provide a broad spectrum of long-term protection for                           • Use an end-cut preservative – When building your outdoor project with
wood exposed in exterior applications.                                                              preserved wood, it is important to protect the cut ends of boards from fungal
                                                                                                    decay. All cuts and holes that expose untreated wood should be liberally
                                                                                                    brush-coated with two applications of an end-cut preservative (copper
IMPORTANT INFORMATION                                                                               naphthenate in ground contact or zinc naphthenate above ground) before the
                                                                                                    wood is installed. Always follow the manufacturer's recommendations.
• Warning – Certain metal products (including fasteners, hardware and
  fishing) may corrode when in direct contact with pressure treated wood.                         • Use corrosion-resistant fasteners – Preserved wood products are
  To prevent premature corrosion and failure it is important to follow the                          designed for long-term performance in outdoor applications and, therefore,
  recommendations of the manufacturers for all metal products.                                      require high quality, corrosion-resistant nails, screws, other fasteners, hardware
                                                                                                    and any metal product. Warning - Certain metal products (including fasteners,
• Do not burn preserved wood.                                                                       hardware and flashing) may corrode when in direct contact with pressure
                                                                                                    treated wood. To prevent premature corrosion and failure it is important to
• Wear a dust mask and gloves when cutting or sanding wood.                                         follow the recommendations of the manufacturers for all metal products.
• Wear gloves when working with wood.                                                             • Do not use preserved wood in direct contact with aluminum – When
                                                                                                    using preserved wood in close proximity to aluminum products, such as
• Some preservative may migrate from the treated wood into soil and water                           aluminum siding, flashing, and door and window frames, a 1/4" minimum
  or may dislodge from the treated wood surface upon contact with skin.                             space must be allowed for between the preserved wood and the aluminum
  Wash exposed skin areas thoroughly.                                                               products. Polyethylene or nylon spacers can be used to maintain the 1/4"
                                                                                                    spacing. Another option is to use a polyethylene barrier, with a minimum
• All sawdust and construction debris should be cleaned up and disposed of                          thickness of 10 mils, between the preserved wood and the aluminum product
  after construction.                                                                               to prevent direct contact of the wood and the aluminum.
• Wash work clothes separately from other household clothing before reuse.                        • Drill pilot holes to minimize splitting, especially when nailing or screwing
                                                                                                    near the edge or end of a board.
• Preserved wood should not be used where it may come into direct or
  indirect contact with drinking water, except for uses involving incidental                      • Deck board spacing – During construction, should the wood become wet,
  contact such as fresh water docks and bridges.                                                    butt deck boards together. As drying occurs, some shrinkage can be expected.
                                                                                                    If the wood is dry, allowing for shrinkage is not necessary.
• Do not use preserved wood under circumstances where the preservative
  may become a component of food, animal feed or beehives.                                        • Follow finishing manufacturer's instructions – If you desire to apply a
                                                                                                    paint, stain, clear water repellent or other finish to preserved wood, we
• Do not use preserved wood as mulch.                                                               recommend following the manufacturer's instructions and label of the finishing
                                                                                                    product. Before you start, we recommend you apply the finishing product to a
• Only preserved wood that is visibly clean and free of surface residue                             small exposed test area before finishing the entire project to ensure it provides
  should be used.                                                                                   the intended result before proceeding.
• Use fasteners, hardware or any metal product as recommended by their                            • Remove mold with soap and water – Mold growth can and does occur
  manufacturer.                                                                                     on the surface of many products, including untreated and treated wood, during
                                                                                                    prolonged surface exposure to excessive moisture conditions. To remove mold
• Do not use preserved wood in direct contact with aluminum.                                        from the treated wood surface, wood should be allowed to dry. Typically, mild
                                                                                                    soap and water can be used to remove remaining surface mold.
• If the wood is to be used in an interior application and becomes wet
  during construction, it should be allowed to dry before being in landfills or                   • For more information –
  burned in commercial or industrial incinerators or boilers in accordance
  with federal, provincial and local regulations.

                                                                    Latitude® is a registered trademark of the Cambium Group.

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