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Ideas to weatherproof a pergola

Trying to think of a way to weatherproof the pergola i built so I can enjoy a drink when it's cold outside. I was planning to buy a fire pit or propane heaters but I have installed corrugated plastic roof so I just want to make sure it doesn't melt. Looking for ideas to close the sides and front that will be easy removable when spring comes.
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On a side topic, looks like your pergola is right against the neighbor's fence?

If yes, it is likely against the bylaws in most jurisdictions and given the possibility of having to move it in the future, you might want to have something that is movable.
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Ideally the roof should be sloped which helps with snow load.

The heat resistance of the corrugated plastic roof should be about 40ºC. Any patio heater with a heat defector hat should not be an issue. Just dont pick one too tall that will end up being a few inches from the roof
Fantastical wrote: On a side topic, looks like your pergola is right against the neighbor's fence?

If yes, it is likely against the bylaws in most jurisdictions and given the possibility of having to move it in the future, you might want to have something that is movable.
To me it looks more like a privacy wall in the middle of the back yard
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Fantastical wrote: On a side topic, looks like your pergola is right against the neighbor's fence?

If yes, it is likely against the bylaws in most jurisdictions and given the possibility of having to move it in the future, you might want to have something that is movable.
That privacy fence is on my side of the property. The roof has 4 degree slope towards the back.
bubuski wrote: Ideally the roof should be sloped which helps with snow load.

The heat resistance of the corrugated plastic roof should be about 40ºC. Any patio heater with a heat defector hat should not be an issue. Just dont pick one too tall that will end up being a few inches from the roof



To me it looks more like a privacy wall in the middle of the back yard
Wonder what the heat from the wood firepit would be 7 ft above...
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LembergMX wrote: Wonder what the heat from the wood firepit would be 7 ft above...
7ft is cutting it close for a wood firepit but the clearance will be model specific and outlined in the owner's manual.

Narrow down the models you are considering and check the manufacture's website for more information on clearance to combustables. It should be outlined like the images below.

Manufacturers clearance rating are mostly conservative but should cover extreme situations.
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LembergMX wrote: Wonder what the heat from the wood firepit would be 7 ft above...
I can't comment on heat. But I can tell you the burning will leave a black film on the plastic roof.

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