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Best Materials for Your Community Gazebo

By Whirl Construction (600 words)
Posted in Gazebos/Shelters/Shades on August 26, 2015

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If you’ve got a mind for building a gazebo in your community, your next step is coming up with the supplies list. You will have to decide on which materials to use for your community gazebo, which can get complicated if you’re not sure what you’re looking for.

To start, price and strength are two key things to consider when you are looking for the best, long-lasting building materials. We’ve put together a list of our building materials and the benefits of each to help you find the best materials for your community gazebo

Wood

Wood is one the sturdiest materials you can use when building your community gazebo. Timber has a higher weight ratio than steel and concrete, meaning it can support any sized gazebo and roof. Wood is also a great insulator, making it one of the best materials for colder climates as it pockets warm air and keeps out the cold.

When building with wood, you’ll find that the cost is a little cheaper than steel or bricks, and you can build with it relatively quickly. On top of that, wood is beautiful, environmentally friendly, and it has been proven that when people interact with wooden furniture, it reduces their stress and encourages social interaction, making it a great material for a community gathering place!

Steel

When it comes to long-lasting materials, steel is the one that can withstand time, weather, and fire. Additionally, unlike wood, it won’t deteriorate due to insects or animals and it requires little to no maintenance. Steel is also sturdy, with a weight ratio almost comparable to wood, and with their unique clear-span ceilings, you’ll get more space out of your community gazebo.

Unfortunately, steel is not an insulator, but what it lacks in warmth it makes up for in flexibility. Building a gorgeous curved roof on your community gazebo is possible with steel beams.

Brick and Mortar

Like steel, bricks can withstand all that weather can throw their way. Bricks do not warp, dent, erode, or rot, and you can use them to build your community gazebo on any lot or soil. While they don’t insulate like wood, they do deflect sound. Building with brick will decrease external sound, making this a great building material should you build your gazebo near a busy intersection.

Because of the natural acoustics, brick gazebos make great live music venues and make-shift movie theaters for your neighborhood. And they are completely maintenance free, which means you can enjoy your gazebo for years to come.

Shade and Awnings

Shade structures are popular among homes and neighborhoods that do not have proper tree coverage to protect them from the sun. Awnings can be built with wood or steel, but there are also canvas awnings that have a few perks of their own. Using canvas gives you the advantage of removing the awning whenever you wish, and you can also adjust the size and settings of most canvas awnings.

Canvas naturally regulates the temperature by deflecting the sunlight and heat, as opposed to steel awnings that absorb it, and this energy efficiency can save you and the city a lot of money.

Conclusion

Each of the community and personal gazebos we build at Whirl Construction uses one or a combination of these building materials in order to guarantee that our buildings are both structurally sound and aesthetically pleasing. When it comes to building your unique community gazebo, let us know what materials you’d like to use, and we can work together to find the best price, type, and style for you. Contact us today to get started!

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