How do I Choose the Best Garden Gazebo?

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  • Written By: Dan Cavallari
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  • Last Modified Date: 22 February 2018
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The first decision you must make in order to choose the best garden gazebo is whether or not you want a permanent structure or a portable one that can be taken down and stored easily. This will have an effect on the cost of your garden gazebo, the materials used, the size, and the functionality. Many people chose smaller garden gazebo plans to accommodate small or medium gardens, while others prefer a larger, more functional space for entertaining guests. Decide what you will use your gazebo for, how much space you have available for your gazebo placement, and whether you want to leave your gazebo in place year-round or not before choosing a product.

An open air garden gazebo is a good way to provide shade and protection from the elements while still allowing guests to enjoy the views of the garden. These gazebos are usually made from wood or metal, and they can be permanent structures like an awning or temporary structures that resemble a pop-up canopy. Regardless of what type of structure works best for you, be sure to choose one that is made from materials that are resistant to water damage such as molding, mildewing, warping, rotting, or cracking. Pressure-treated woods and galvanized steel or aluminum are good choices of materials for both temporary and permanent structures.


If you are considering a permanent structure, think about a small to medium sized gazebo, even for medium to large gardens. This keeps the focus on the garden rather than on the structure itself without detracting from the beauty of the garden gazebo. It also provides an intimate setting for breakfast or tea times, and it does not overwhelm the garden. Think about using cedar as the primary wood of choice, but keep in mind that this wood will be more costly than others. Cedar is naturally beautiful wood that is resistant to water damage by nature. Pressure treated lumber can be used as well, but it will need to be painted to get the most aesthetically pleasing visual from it.

Temporary garden gazebo designs are often made from lightweight materials to make storage and transportation easy. Be sure to choose one with a metal frame that is resistant to rust and corrosion; galvanized steel is a durable and attractive choice. Aluminum is very resistant to water damage, but it is lighter than steel and is more prone to breakage.



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