If you are thinking about installing a gazebo in your garden, you’ll find that you most commonly have the choice between wood and metal. There are advantages to both styles which we’ve outlined here. Here’s everything you need to know.
About Wooden Gazebos
Wooden gazebos are made from treated pine or from hardwoods that are suitable for use outdoors. Generally you will find that the gazebo structure itself is made from wood while the roof is made from another material such as thatch, tiles, polycarbonate or Colorbond. Your roofing choice is really up to you and what you choose can help to determine the entire look of your wooden gazebo. Wooden gazebos are incredibly durable and will last the test of time if they are properly cared for. However, you’ll find that nothing will beat the beauty and natural feel of timber.
Style wise, wooden gazebos can be rustic, simple, or really ornate with elaborately carved designs. You can stain or oil the gazebo to bring out the true natural beauty of the timber or you can paint it in any colour that you like (it is a good idea to try and complement the house or garden however). You just have to remember that to keep the timber in good condition, it will require regular maintenance in the form of resealing or repainting it as necessary. How often you need to refinish the timber will depend on if you’ve chosen an oil, stain or paint. Wooden gazebos are gorgeous and warm-feeling but they can be expensive, depending on the species of timber that you choose.
About Metal Gazebos
Metal gazebos are mainly constructed from one of three types of metal – aluminium, steel, or wrought iron. Aluminium gazebos are strong yet lightweight; steel gazebos are permanent, durable and stand the test of the time; and wrought iron gazebos are strong yet beautiful. Which one you choose will depend on your budget, as well as the design. Simple, smaller gazebos are cheaper to construct than more elaborate or larger ones. Aluminium is the cheapest option, while wrought iron is at the more expensive end of the scale.
Metal gazebos can be as simple as supporting pillars and a roof or they can incorporate elaborate decorative elements such as low balustrades, finials, fretwork and the like. You will find that the gazebo can be all steel or you can incorporate other materials such as wood to add something more to it. The beauty of metal gazebos is that you never have to worry about them warping, rotting, or being attacked by termites. As well, very little maintenance is required to keep them looking their best.
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