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Popular Materials for Building Gazebos

By Whirl Construction (563 words)
Posted in Gazebos/Shelters/Shades on June 27, 2014

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A gazebo is a roofed, outdoor structure that provides a panoramic view of the scenery that surrounds it. Typically, these structures are used for relaxation or entertainment purposes, though some people incorporate the actual gazebo into a garden scheme with the use of climbing fines or flowers. When constructing a gazebo there are several considerations one must first take into account prior to selecting the materials to be used. Firstly, figure out what the primary use of the gazebo will be and how large the gazebo is to be. It is also important to take into consideration what climate, temperatures and weather the gazebo will be subjected to.

Some people want a temporary or seasonal gazebo, while others desire a more permanent structure. If building a temporary gazebo, the materials are frequently aluminum poles for the framework and a canvas roof. Canvas sturdy and will stand up to moderate weather conditions. Temporary gazebos built with aluminum may also feature netting or screens that give a bit more privacy to the gazebo. Gazebos that remain standing year round are typically built from sturdier, more durable materials than aluminum and canvas. The two most frequently used materials for gazebos are wood and wrought iron.

Wood is the most popular building material for gazebos, specifically red cedar, and there are many advantages to choosing this material. Cedar is a very durable wood which makes it perfect for structures that are intended to be permanent. Red cedar also has a pleasant, lasting aroma and is a natural insect repellant, both of which make it a great material for a building intended to provide relaxation. This sturdy wood can also be used with a large variety of finishes and can stand up to most weather conditions. One of the main advantages of choosing red cedar for a gazebo is that the wood can be used for every inch of the gazebo from the base of the building to the roof. In addition to red cedar, bamboo and treated pine are commonly used for building gazebos. Bamboo and pine can also be used from the base of the structure to the roof. Both of these materials are long-lasting and take well to stains. Treated pine, like red cedar, tends to repel bugs and insects.

Another frequently used material for gazebos is wrought iron. Wrought iron adds a beautiful and Victorian look to a gazebo. This material lends itself nicely to climbing vines and flowers as these plants can virtually become a part of the gazebo. Wrought iron is another durable material, however, it does require more upkeep than wood and one disadvantage to using wrought iron is the required repainting. The amount of time in between painting depends on things such as the weather conditions and the humidity where the gazebo is located. When it is time to repaint the gazebo, simply pick up an enamel paint from the local hardware store.

Lastly, plastic and vinyl can be used for gazebos. Treated pin is coated with vinyl for a material that is incredibly durable and requires little in the way of maintenance. Plastic requires very little in the way of maintenance and is sturdy and long-lasting. If using either of these materials it is recommended that a concrete base be poured in order to build a solid foundation. 

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