Gazebo & Canopy Buying Guide
Backyard Covers 101
Types of Backyard Covers
Portable & Pop-Up Gazebos
Gazebo Site Selection Tips:
• Measure out the gazebo dimensions in your yard to visualize the space
• Ensure you leave enough room in your yard for other family activities
• Account for roof overhangs of both gazebo and your home if placing near outside wall
• Check that you do not require a building permit or permission from your condominium board
Backyard Cover Features
When selecting a size for your gazebo or canopy, make sure your eyes aren’t bigger than your yard. Consider what you’ll be using your backyard cover for. A furnished sitting area? A hot tub? A dance floor? Remember to leave enough room around the gazebo for your other yard and garden needs. Opt for something large enough for visual impact yet small enough not to overpower your entire space.
Gazebo shapes include square, circular, octagonal, oblong and rectangular. Oblong and rectangular gazebos tend to offer more space for dining tables, swing sets and other larger items. Conversely, octagonal, square or round gazebos leave you with less usable space once furnished, but offer a cozy informal setting for lounging and work well as ornamental yard pieces.
With its traditional charm, a wood gazebo is always a popular choice. Wood is less expensive than other durable materials like vinyl, but it requires more maintenance to keep it looking great and protect it from the elements. A cloth canopy gazebo is an affordable option, with the benefit that you can easily update your colour choices when purchasing replacement canopies. Cedar is a great option for pergolas, not only for the rustic look but also for keeping insects at bay.
Roof Type +
Roof type is an important factor in your gazebo purchasing decision. You’ll want something that protects you, but also looks good. Fabric options are affordable and can be replaced and updated as needed. Hardtop metal or plastic roofs are durable and easy to clean. Wooden and synthetic roofs can be curved to provide more interior ceiling space and come in double- (pagoda) or triple- (cupola) tiered styles. A lattice roof is an affordable option that helps block the sun, especially when overgrown with plants.
Walls and Screens +
While a roof keeps rain and sun off your family’s heads, you may require more coverage. Walls, curtains, screens or netting add privacy and help to keep insects away. These additions can be permanent or temporary, depending on your needs. For housing hot tubs, choose gazebo kits with fixed walls to keep children and animals safely outside. Drapes and netting can be added to temporary structures, increasing their visual appeal.
Design Details +
Once you’ve decided on your basic backyard structure, you may choose to spruce it up with various design details. Maybe a skylight for stargazing from your hot tub, or planter boxes filled with colourful flowers to welcome guests. Other features such as decorative hand rails, built-in benches, ornate metal poles and screened windows can enhance and personalize your choice. Add some gazebo lights for even more decorative impact.
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Gazebo Maintenance Tips:
• Pressure wash and re-stain wooden structures every two to four years
• Clean vinyl, plastic or wrought-iron structures with soap and water
• Regularly check screws on portable gazebos for tightness
• Wipe down your canopy with water and mild soap to keep it looking fresh