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What are the Pros and Cons of a PVC Gazebo?

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  • Written By: Autumn Rivers
  • Edited By: Andrew Jones
  • Last Modified Date: 14 October 2018
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Homeowners who have always wanted a gazebo in their yard, but are intimidated by costs or the construction process will likely be interested in a PVC gazebo. This type of structure is inexpensive and easy to build, as the materials are light and can usually be purchased at most hardware shops or home improvement stores. It is also one of the most portable types of gazebos since it is quite light and can be taken apart easily in most cases, allowing homeowners to move it if desired. Additionally, it is maintenance-free if it is put together properly. Unfortunately, its light weight also makes it one of the least durable kinds of structures, especially since it usually needs to be weighed down to avoid blowing away or tipping over in strong wind.

A PVC gazebo can usually be built by the typical homeowner, as plans can be found online, and materials can be purchased at most home improvement stores. There are also PVC gazebo kits available that contain all the necessities for this structure. This is usually less expensive than buying a prefabricated gazebo, as it is often difficult to get a premade gazebo home without using a large truck or paying extra for delivery.

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Due to the gazebo's light weight, it is quite easy to handle both the materials and the finished products. In fact, gazebo owners may find it possible to move with the help of just a few people if they decide to change its location in the yard. It is also typically possible to dismantle a PVC gazebo, which means that owners can typically take it with them when they move. Additionally, it has the distinction of being particularly simple to clean, as the PVC pipes are not easily stained and can usually just be wiped down with a cloth when necessary.

The main downside of a PVC gazebo is the fact that it is often lightweight enough to topple or blow away with strong winds. Gazebos made of other material, such as wood or metal, often do not have this issue, as they are considered sturdier. Therefore, it is important to use heavy-duty materials, such as cement or nails, to keep it anchored to the ground. It may even be dangerous to put up this kind of gazebo in areas with strong winds, though an overabundance of occupants in the structure may be equally hazardous.

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