Pergola Building and Staining
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Designing, Repairing, Building and Staining Pergolas

The untreated pine wood on this Pergola patio cover was rotting and decaying. Untreated pine lumber is not suitable for outdoor use. Even treated pine that is properly stained can eventually decay. Cedar or composite woods are the best choice for exposure to the elements in our harsh Midwest climate here in Omaha and Elkhorn NE.

  • Notice the decay of the untreated pine pergola
  • The original pergola was weak due to it'd poor design
  • The new cedar pergola was built almost identically except for the cross-braces which more than tripled its strength
  • New wood should be allowed to dry up to a year to allow for full penetration of the stain
  • Always use an OIL-BASED stain to prevent future peeling
  • Oil-based stains cannot be applied over latex-based stains


If you are looking to have a Pergola sunshade designed, built, repaired or stained call Scott's Painting & Staining Inc. today for a free design consultation and estimate. We can offer various solutions for all budgets, and will let you know which option is the best long-term solution based on your budget and maintenance plans!

Rotted Pine Wood Pergola

Rotted pergola joist built with untreated pine

Pergola Redesigned Cross Brace

Pergola rebuilt stronger with cross bracing to increase strength

Rebuilt Pergola in Decay Resistant Cedar

Cedar Pergola is Decay resistant, waiting to dry out prior to staining

Joist Rot

Rotted pergola joist built with untreated pine

Cross Brace

Pergola rebuilt stronger with cross bracing to increase strength

Cedar Pergola

Cedar Pergola is Decay resistant, waiting to dry out prior to staining