Choosing the right kind of gazebo
When it comes to searching for a gazebo, consider what you plan to use it for before starting your search. While there are many styles, materials, and features to choose from, you could quickly become overwhelmed if you don’t know the general purpose you will use it for. Consider whether the gazebo will be temporary for a special event, or a permanent fixture in your yard. Is the purpose to increase your home’s resale value or is it meant to provide a shaded area for you children to play? Also consider whether it is a place where you plan to regularly have meals.
Gazebo materials to consider
Gazebos primarily come in vinyl or wood. You could custom build a gazebo, or purchase one that is premade and merely needs to be set up. It is important to consider the foundation, and where the gazebo will be placed on your property. Gazebos can be set up on an existing patio or deck, on the ground, or on their own concrete foundation. Some people like to use them on a pool deck, or covering a hot tub. If you prefer, you can shop for gazebos with their own flooring.
Wood gazebos offer a rustic look, but it is important to keep in mind that they will require some maintenance. Vinyl gazebos are a good alternative if you want something more low-maintenance.
Purchasing your gazebo
While many suppliers offer gazebo kits that allow you to set them up yourselves, those who aren’t very handy may want to consider hiring a professional to build their outdoor oasis. Once you know how you plan to use your gazebo and where it will be built, it is easier to determine the style you want. Gazebos come in a variety of shapes including octagon, oval, rectangular, and dodecagon. Decide whether you want open sides, railings, or screens. Also determine what kind of roof appeals to you. Gazebos can come with standard, cupola or pagoda roofs to name a few.
While purchasing a kit or utilizing a contractor to build a gazebo is a good long term option, you may want to search for gazebo tents as a temporary option for special events. They are usually built from aluminum or steel frames, with a canvas roof and hanging down screens.
When you know what you are looking for, an online search will quickly yield results so that you can narrow down and make a selection.