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What are the Pros and Cons of a Plastic Gazebo?

Dan Cavallari
Dan Cavallari

A plastic gazebo is an inexpensive, lightweight, and long lasting option for a small to medium sized structure. A homeowner looking for a lightweight and portable structure that can be stored when not in use may want to consider a plastic gazebo, but a homeowner looking for a durable and strong gazebo that will stand up to the elements, especially wind, may want to consider other materials. Several types of plastic gazebo designs exist, from the extremely lightweight to the more sturdy PVC or vinyl designs; not every homeowner will be pleased with such options, but for temporary or lightly used structures, plastic may be the best choice for some.

Plastic gazebo designs are often much less expensive than wood or metal gazebos. Plastics can be molded quickly and easily, and the structures can be erected or torn down with little effort. Many plastic gazebo structures can be packed away in bags or boxes and stored during winter months, while other, stronger plastic designs can simply be left erected during the winter. Plastic will not corrode or rust, and it will resist water damage. It can be cleaned easily with a hose or a wet rag and soap, and parts can usually be replaced easily if necessary.

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Plastic is not, however, the most structurally sound or stable choice of materials for a gazebo. If a homeowner is looking to build a permanent structure, wood or metal are both better options. Vinyl gazebos can be made into permanent structures as well, and these types of structures feature all the advantages of plastic, such as resistance to water damage, as well as strength and durability. Vinyl gazebos can be difficult to construct, however, and vinyl is still not as reliably strong as wood or metal framing materials used for gazebo construction.

While many plastic gazebo designs can mimic the look of more classic wooden gazebos, many people complain that look is artificial and unappealing. Others find the sleek look aesthetically pleasing and less of a hassle than wood, since dried out wood can splinter or crack. Plastic will not become weathered like wood will, which can be considered both an advantage and disadvantage: weathered wood acquires a classic look that is highly visually appealing, but weathered wood can also become structurally weaker and may rot if it becomes water-logged or infested with bugs. Plastics are resistant to bug infestations and will not rot in any conditions.

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