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There’s something incredibly alluring about garden gazebos. They’re like an iconic piece of art standing beautifully in your garden. They’re functional, too, offering protection from insects and shelter from the elements. Think of them as an outdoor sanctuary for your garden that allows you to enjoy the view without boiling under the sun or getting too soggy in the rain.

If you’re considering adding a gazebo to your yard, you’ll need to start by deciding on the proper building materials. There are quite a few choices so it may feel overwhelming. To help you narrow down the options, we’ve compiled a list of the most common construction materials, including their pros and cons. By the end of this article, you should be able to determine which material is best suited for your project.

1. Vinyl

Vinyl gazebos are known for their longevity as well as conventional, prominent styles. While vinyl can show the trauma of a dent or scuff if something hits it or drops on it, supporting the vinyl with aluminum inserts and steel fasteners can increase the durability of the structure. The material is also affordable in terms of maintenance – you’ll only need to do seasonal cleaning using a hose to maintain its effectiveness. Plus, vinyl can be modified to give the appearance of stone, brick, or wood, allowing you to achieve different types of looks.

2. Metal

If your garden tends to hold water or you’re looking to build a gazebo that won’t sustain insect damage, then it might be a good idea to go for a sturdier material like metal. You can choose wrought iron, steel or even aluminum. The last of these is the most cost-effective and lightweight. It’s also easy to install aluminum during the construction of the project. Wrought iron or steel, on the other hand, are more suitable for achieving a stronger foundation for your shelter. With all that said, anyone looking to use metal as the material for their garden gazebo should search for a permanent space for their project. That’s because it’s not easy to disassemble the structure once it’s up.

3. Wood

If you want a more rustic and traditional feel to your gazebo, use wood. Premium cedar and redwood are often used to construct the gazebo’s structure, which ensures a lasting deck for your garden. Boards that are cut for wooden gazebos are typically sanded and smoothed at the edges to prevent splinters from harming anyone who decides to walk barefoot on the gazebo. Our cedar and redwood decking supplies are lighter on the pocket than either exotic hardwood or composite decking.

When it comes to choosing the best material for your garden gazebo, it’s a matter of personal preference. Whether you go with vinyl, metal, or wood, you can add a gazebo to your garden by either purchasing a gazebo kit and building the structure yourself or by contracting an experienced professional.

Garden Gazebo Types

Each of the above materials can be applied to various types of gazebos. Some unique designs for a garden gazebo structure include:


In contrast to conventional gazebos, pergolas don’t come with a floor, though you can build them over an existing floor surface such as a deck. They feature colonnades that offer support to a roof that is usually a lattice pattern (which provides only partial protection from the sun). They can be quite large and often cover sitting areas with patio furniture.


Pavilion Structure

Pavilion gazebos generally take the shape of an octagon, though they can be oval-shaped or rectangular. They are a common sight in parks and gardens around the world. They can be quite large, accommodating lots of guests, a fire pit, picnic tables, etc. They can be equipped with either a double or single roof based on your preference.


A rotundas gazebo puts the limelight on its roof. What’s so special about it? Well, the shape of this circular gazebo’s roof is constructed to look like a dome. A lot of public parks are home to this ornate structure, which originated in Europe.

Victorian Structure

Victorian gazebos are a testament to the houses constructed during the Victorian times. To achieve this structure, you’ll need to incorporate a lot of curvy, intricate details into the gazebo’s panels and beams. This can be the ideal structure to complement a traditional home with Victorian elements of style.


A gazebo is a great way to add flair to your yard, as well as a beautiful gathering spot and centerpiece for gatherings. If you entertain a lot or simply want to enhance the look and functionality of your yard, a gazebo can be a creative and reasonably priced addition.