There is nothing more attractive for an outdoor space than a well-crafted gazebo. A gazebo can be an open or enclosed structure with a variety of uses. Large or small, for parties or quiet evenings sitting in a garden, a gazebo adds character and dimension to a yard. Typically, gazebo structures have octagonal-shaped roof lines, open walls, side railings and are raised up off of the ground plane. With many types of gazebos to choose from, buyers should evaluate material and design options to find the best model for each setting. Gazebos may be made of wood, plastic, or metal and while some types are easy to assemble and install, other types are heavy and require machinery and special tools. Wood is the most common material used in both commercial and residential gazebos. Wooden gazebos offer natural beauty and many design and finish options. Then, vinyl gazebos are made of thermoplastic composites, which offer a high strength-to-weight ratio.
An aluminum gazebo provide a lightweight, affordable alternative to traditional wooden units. Steel gazebos are the most expensive type of gazebo available. The steel components used to build these structures are very heavy, which means that special lifts or cranes may be required during erection.