What are Gazebos Made of?

Gazebos run the gambit from the prestigious red cedar ones to the simplest of canvas. The material you choose for your gazebo is important for its longevity and durability.

Red Cedar is expensive but maintenance costs are low because red cedar naturally resists damage and decay because of weather and insects. Grade One Western red cedar is preferred above all others.

Southern Yellow Pine is the next choice in gazebo materials. This pine creates a wooden gazebo of superior strength and resistance to environmental changes. This wood is pressure treated and kiln dried twice to avoid cracks and shrinkage of the garden gazebo. The cost of Southern Yellow Pine is about 10 percent less than the Western Red Cedar.

For people on a budget, vinyl is a very good choice of material. It is designed to mimic the wood appearance of the more expensive gazebos. Because it is made in the factory, there is no painting, staining or sealing that needs to be done. A vinyl gazebo can withstand severe weather conditions such as heavy rain, snow or the beating of a hot sun. The vinyl garden gazebo is durable and still looks beautiful.

The roofing materials chosen for an outdoor gazebo is one of the most important elements to consider.  Most gazebos have a layered Japanese or slate shingled roof. The most economical is the asphalt shingles because they are easy to manufacture, readily available and prepared in a rainbow of colours, but thatched gazebo roofs are also popular due to their ease of construction and waterproof properties. Most hardware stores carry asphalt shingles so repairs are easily made. For a classy looking outdoor gazebo, you can use the cedar shingles at a higher cost or use copper for the roofing. Copper is an expensive option but it can make you the talk of the town.

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