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Gazebo Guide: An Overview of Materials

When it comes to adding shade to your backyard, it’s always a good idea to invest in a sheltering cover that’s both charming and functional. Gazebos are just the way to achieve such a combination, and can even be easy to install. Whether it’s an elaborate, colorful addition to your outdoor patio dining area or an elegant landscaping accessory that you’re looking for, gazebos are a sure-fire way to liven up and shade your backyard.

What are gazebos?

While gazebos are normally situated in public gardens or parks, they can also fit beautifully in your backyard. These structures are usually built in a octagonal shape or constructed as a pyramid-like cover on top of four pillars or poles. Think of a gazebo as an outdoor sanctuary for your backyard that has no walls or windows, so you soak in the gorgeous weather without baking under the sun. Gazebos can also provide shelter for larger outdoor gatherings. Read below to learn about the different types of gazebo materials to consider for your outdoor entertainment area:

Wooden gazebos work great for any backyard get-togethers. Wooden gazebos work great for any backyard get-togethers.


Any homeowner who wants a customized look for their backyard should consider checking out canvas gazebos. You can find a wide selection of attractive and distinct canvas gazebos that feature a variety of colors and patterns, and the fabric itself is thick and durable, so it won’t degrade from exposure to the elements. Affordability and versatility are also key characteristics of canvas gazebos that continue to make them a more appealing selection for homeowners. It’s generally easy to attach various types of mesh walls or covers to canvas gazebos, in case you want to avoid the annoyance of insects interrupting your outdoor leisure time. Generally built with plastic or metal frames, canvas gazebos offer DIY-friendly installations and can often be taken apart and stored if needed.


Vinyl gazebos have been gaining popularity in recent years, mainly due to their more traditional, prominent styles as well as their renowned longevity. A type of gazebo often found in public parks, vinyl gazebos are often equipped with several pillars, adjacent fencing, and roofing shingles. Vinyl gazebos tend to have the charm and elegance of a wooden structure, but with easier installation and maintenance – you’ll never have to stain, seal, or treat these gazebos. Vinyl gazebos also come in easy to assemble kits, and provide a more permanent shading solution. Vinyl gazebos are available in a range of sizes, and always work as a decorative addition to any backyard garden.

“Longevity and durability are two traits associated with metal gazebos.”


If you want to feature a more sturdy and prominent gazebo in your yard, a metal structure will surely do the trick. Metal gazebos can be made out of aluminum, steel or wrought iron; the material you choose will impact installation. Aluminum gazebos are generally the more cost-effective option, and can be extremely lightweight, so installing them is pretty straightforward. On the other hand, steel or wrought iron gazebos serve for a stronger, more durable shelter foundation, but homeowners interested in these options should make sure they’re looking for a more permanent location for their gazebo. Another great quality of metal gazebos is that they rarely require any maintenance, and won’t rot or sustain insect damage.


Sophistication, beauty, and a natural focal point for your backyard are just a few of the traits that keep wooden gazebos in such high demand. For long-term reliability, cedar and redwood based gazebos are recommended as they are naturally rot resistant and are more resilient to insects. There are also plenty of chances to customize what lies beneath your wooden gazebo. You can provide the ultimate shaded cover for your backyard hot tub, or install a screened in wooden gazebo, ideal for outdoor dinners on the lawn. Wooden gazebos tend to require a bit more maintenance than other materials, and require a waterproof sealant to keep free of defects.

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