How To Choose The Right Gazebo

by Greg on April 2, 2016


Finding a spot to keep cool in your yard, garden, or patio can not only seem like a challenge but sometimes more like impossible particularly in Australia. Large trees can help with the shade they provide but they take years to grow and as the sun changes position in the sky an area that was shady a few minutes ago can quickly become unbearable. An outdoor structure like a gazebo can ensure the time you spend outdoors is as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.

With their roof, gazebos allow you to be protected not only from the sun but rain as well. Yet since they don’t have solid walls you still get to have a full view of your outdoor area on all sides. Open walls let the breeze flow freely through the structures making them an ideal spot for relaxation, entertaining guests, spending time with the family, or even an afternoon snooze. Here are a few things to keep in mind when shopping for one, to help make sure you end up with a winner.

What Do You Really Want?

Before you buy anything it’s always important to take a few minutes and think about what your preferences are. Reflect on what type of materials you really want and even the shape you’d prefer. Look at some magazines, online photos, and if you have a friend who owns a gazebo go check it out. By being clear on what you really want from the start will help make decisions such as whether you should spend an extra few dollars or what location you’ll install it much easier.


What’s Your Budget?

How much you would like to spend on your gazebo will most likely influence the material you choose. For those who want something very inexpensive pop up gazebos are the way to go and are even portable. Vinyl is becoming more and more popular since it is very budget friendly and maintenance free. Metal options like aluminum gazebos are typically what most consumers choose as they are very reasonable and attractive. Wooden choices while more expensive and requiring more care are of course the most natural looking and for many the most appealing.


Are You Going To Build It Yourself?

You’ll also want to think about whether or not you’ll be building your structure by yourself. While the majority of homeowners don’t have the skill or time to do so, but by building it yourself you’ll be able to save some money. Just be sure you have a good set of plans before you start. The other option and the one most consumers choose are gazebo kits. These come with all the pieces and fasteners you need to easily put your structure together in a few hours without any DIY skill needed. You will need a friend however to help you.

When Are You Going To Use It?

When you are planning to use your gazebo is also something to consider. Even though all types can be used in warm and cool weather alike, if you want to use it all year round you’ll need to purchase four season gazebo. These are made so they can be fitted with removable window panels to make sure you can still enjoy yourself in comfort even in areas where there is snow on the ground.


Where Are You Going To Use It?

Even though this may not have an impact on the type you choose it’s always smart to think about where you will be using it before you buy. The garden is always a great looking spot particularly if you have one with lush looking and fragrant flowers that you can enjoy the view and fragrance of. This is usually the preferred spot for a permanent gazebo . Next to the pool works well too and on really hot days makes the perfect place to get out of the sun in-between swims. Patio options can be the top way to go if you have limited space to work with or are looking for a way to keep your patio cool and able to be used whenever you feel like it.

Asking yourself these questions will help you immensely when it comes time to go shopping for gazebos. So be sure to use the answers you come up with to help narrow down your options to quickly leave you with what really works for you and you’re sure to be successful.

Paul C

Paul C is a professional home improvement writer. You can read his full guide gazebos including photos, advice, and much more by clicking here! When he’s not writing for his handful of websites he’s busy working on DIY home projects and enjoying the outdoors.

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