An introduction to garden gazebos

If you have a special occasion coming up, are planning to entertain in your garden this summer, or are looking for a removable alternative to the more permanent garden structures, look no further than a ‘pop-up’ gazebo. Coming in all shapes and sizes and suited to all budgets, these temporary gazebos are ideal for just about any situation. Gazebos have been relied upon for years for providing shelter and architectural flair in the garden, but people were often put off by the fact that they needed to be constructed out of wood or even brick, and would need to have a foundation upon which to rest. The design and construction of a garden gazebo could be costly, and once completed it remained a feature of the garden unless it was demolished. Then came the ‘pop-up’ revolution, and outdoor entertaining hasn’t been the same since!

Size

One of the most important things to consider when you are shopping for a temporary gazebo is the size. How much room have you got in your garden? How many people were you hoping to fit under the canopy, and will your guests be seated or standing? Do you have enough flat ground to accommodate a larger design, and is that ground stable enough to hold pegs or hooks? Generally, the larger the size of the gazebo, the more complicated the supporting infrastructure will be, with some designs requiring ropes or cables that must be fixed to the ground in order to hold the pavilion structure upright. While it is always convenient if you have a paved or concreted area to set up your gazebo on, this may complicate things if the size of your gazebo is such that it requires peg-and-rope support. On the other hand, having a flat, well-drained surface is ideal for the smaller temporary gazebos which use tensioned poles to stay upright.

Durability

Another important factor to consider is durability. Many temporary gazebos are not built to last for long periods of prolonged use. If you are looking for a longer-lasting design, take a closer look at the fabric or plastic that makes up the roof covering. If the fabric is thick and waterproofed (with strong waterproofed stitching), you can depend on it lasting that little bit longer, though leaving it out in inclement weather or strong sunlight could lead to damage. If price is more important than durability, one of the cheap gazebo designs should suit you fine providing you understand that the quality of the construction may mean it only lasts for a few uses.

Repairs and Warranty

If you are in the market for a long-lasting pop-up gazebo and you are concerned about the reliability of parts, look to invest in a trusted brand – one that will have spare parts and perhaps even offer a repair warranty. Often it is the replacement of poles (usually metal) that rust, snap or get lost that is the most tricky, but if you stick with a well-known brand this should be easily avoided. To prolong the life of your fabric covering, consider having it water-proofed (if it is not already) and UV-protected. This should prevent fading, perishing and mould.