If you love to sit outside, consider having a gazebo added to your property. They are great for entertainment and relaxation purposes alike and come in many shapes, such as rectangular, square, octagon, hexagon, or decagon.  Keep reading to learn some tips about installing a new gazebo for your home.

Gazebo Roof

If you choose shingles for your gazebo, they are placed on the roof much as they are for your home. Consider using the type of shingles you have on your house to have a matching look. If you do not want to do this, cedar shake or asphalt shingles work well. Because gazebos are often oddly shaped, you may want to consider hiring a company to roof it for you, such as Pasco Roofing.

If you do not want shingles, you can use a replaceable canopy roof that is composed of only fabric. These canopies are made with various types of fabrics, including these:

  • Painted canvas: The canvas fabric is coated with paint. It faces outside so that if you view your gazebo from a distance it looks like it has a solid-colored roof.
  • Vinyl coated: This type of roof cover is made of canvas with a vinyl-coated exterior. It looks translucent if you are sitting in the gazebo and looking up, but from a distance, it looks opaque.
  • Vinyl laminated polyester: This type of cover is made of polyester fabric that is sandwiched between acrylic layers. This cover is more translucent so do not use it if you want a lot of shade.  You can choose from a variety of colors and designs. For example, you could choose to put stripes underneath with a solid color on top.
  • Acrylic: Acrylic is a synthetic cover, which means it is resistant to weather conditions.  It is durable and easy to clean and available in a variety of pleasing colors, such as red, brown, orange, green, and yellow.

Gazebo Placement

If you have a beautiful flower garden, consider placing your gazebo close to it so you can enjoy looking at your flowers. Create beautiful vignettes nearby that you can enjoy looking at, such as a fountain or statue.

If you have a long path to walk to the garden, install some paving stones to walk on that lead up to the gazebo. If you like to watch the sunset or enjoying an evening watching the stars, place some landscaping lights along the path. You should also place lights on the corners of the gazebo.

If your family enjoys outdoor dining, place your gazebo closer to your home. You can build it right into a deck, porch, or a patio. A gazebo works nice next to a pool, as well, because it gives the swimmers a place to get some shade.

Gazebo Materials

Gazebos are traditionally made of wood, but you can also choose reinforced concrete, stone, or metal. Redwood and cedar are popular choices if you choose wood, as this type of wood is stable and resistant to weather. The floor can be made of stone, concrete, wood, or brick.

If you want to save money, you can make your gazebo from pressure-treated lumber, which can be stained, painted, or left unfinished.