Pergola Kits are a Popular New Product with Homeowners

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Easy to assemble vinyl pergolas kits let homeowners create an inviting backyard sanctuary without the drudgery of scraping, sanding and painting.

More and more homeowners are choosing to accent their properties with the inviting charm of a shady backyard pergola. Recognizing this trend, an Ohio-based vinyl fabricator has introduced a new vinyl pergola kit that lets dealers offer this popular product as either a professionally installed accessory or a self-contained kit for the do-it-yourself enthusiast.

“The response to our new pergola kits has been positive and enthusiastic,” said Dalen Schlabach, president of Mount Hope Fence Co., which began offering the new pergola kits in the autumn of 2004. “We are fielding many requests from fence contractors who see this as an important addition to their product line, and we are also getting very good reactions from dealers who sell directly to homeowners.”

All Mount Hope pergola kits are fabricated from high quality polyvinyl chloride components, which are extruded by Homeland Vinyl Products, Inc., of Birmingham, Ala. Schlabach says his company draws on Homeland’s 40 years of experience in the vinyl industry, coupled with his own company's 15-successful years fabricating vinyl fencing and railing products, to offer a pergola kit that is not only strong, sturdy and durable, but also easy to assemble and virtually maintenance-free.

“All Mount Hope pergola kits are shipped complete with all necessary components for installation as either free-standing or attached structures,” he said. “Two people can generally assemble and install the pergola in a matter of just a few hours.”

“That ease of installation, coupled with the maintenance-free advantages of Homeland vinyl products, makes Mount Hope vinyl pergolas very appealing to homeowners,” Schlabach added. The high-impact, weather-resistant vinyl will never rot, rust or corrode, is impervious to insects, and will not chip, peel or splinter. What's more, the vinyl pergolas never need scraping or painting, and will maintain their fresh, brand-new appearance for decades, with little more than an occasional rinsing with a garden hose.

“Our vinyl pergolas let homeowners create an inviting backyard sanctuary without the drudgery of scraping, sanding and painting,” he said. “Dealers report their customers are delighted to find a product that combines good looks and solid construction, with none of the maintenance hassles of traditional wooden structures.”

With open sides and a variety of beam designs, Mount Hope pergolas are a natural addition to backyard patios and decks, providing a cool, shady and airy hideaway. The pergolas are also ideal for use over a hot tub, since the structures' inside dimensions were deliberately designed to accommodate the most popular hot tub sizes, Schlabach said. “The durability of the vinyl structure and its resistance to moisture make it especially well-suited for such applications,” he noted, adding that another popular application is to mount one side of the pergola directly against the home, creating a shady attached arbor.

Schlabach said the quality of the fabrication helps set his company's vinyl pergolas apart. Mount Hope Fence Co. uses sophisticated computerized routers to prepare the cross members to receive the overhead slats, which are mounted at a precise angle to provide optimum shade while still maintaining an open, attractive appearance.

All the vinyl components are backed by Homeland's lifetime warranty. What’s more, Mount Hope Fence Company adds to this protection by backing the full kit with a one-year warranty on workmanship.

Mount Hope pergolas are available in a wide selection of sizes, from as small as 3' x 6' to as large as 12' x 24', and are offered in either white or tan. The kits come complete with brackets for mounting on a concrete patio or wooden deck surface, along with inserts for anchoring the pergola directly in the ground.

Mount Hope Fence Company ships its pergolas to authorized dealers anywhere in the 48 contiguous states. For information on dealership opportunities, contact Schlabach at 330-674-4418. For more information on Homeland Vinyl Products, call 800-999-6813, or visit the Homeland Web site, http://www.homelandvinyl.com.

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