What are the different metal gazebo ideas? What are the best materials for my metal gazebo: wrought iron, aluminum, steel, etc?
Metal gazebos are perfect for those who want quality time outdoors but just wish to get away from the hassles of maintaining a wooden gazebo. Just because your patio or garden gazebo is made of metal does not mean you are sacrificing your style.
Wood pavilions, especially the Victorian gazebo, emanate an Old World feel. However, you can recapture that romantic ambiance with a metal gazebo design, as well. Metal gazebos are perfect as a pool lounge, hot tub shade, and a year round outdoor living area.
What are the advantages of choosing a metal gazebo?
A metal frame gazebo is lightweight, easy to assemble, and more affordable than its wooden counterpart. Another is that a metal gazebo is very durable; there is no need to have it treated or pressurized like solid wood. The versatility of metal gazebos makes it possible to construct whatever design you can think of.
What are the materials for a metal frame gazebo?
Metal, as a building material is durable enough to stand the test of time and the harshest outdoor conditions the whole year round. Common metals used as a metal gazebo frame is iron, wrought iron, steel, galvanized steel, and aluminum.
Iron rods are the common skeletons of metal gazebos. Because metal is malleable enough, metal frame gazebos can range from the simplest design to the most intricate. This factor makes the metal gazebo a canvas for your originality.
Aluminum is the material of choice for portable metal gazebos because it is lightweight yet strong qualities. And like galvanized steel, aluminum is resistant to rust.
Aside from the metal gazebo frame, you also need to consider the material for the gazebo roof. Your metal gazebo roof can be made of canvas, plastic, or even metal sheets. Choosing a gazebo roof mostly depends on your geography as your gazebo should adapt to your clime.
If your locale experiences heavy snowfall, your metal gazebo roof should be sturdy enough to accommodate the weight of snow. On the other hand, if your place receives abundant sunlight, your metal gazebo roof may need an insulation sheet fitted beneath the roof to minimize heat and glare.
What are the metal gazebo designs I can choose from?
Depending on your need and style, your metal gazebo can either be open roofed or it can be covered with a canopy. These are some of the common metal frame gazebos:
Filigree metal gazebo
Intricate lattice works and pointy steel rods of the filigree metal gazebo exudes a Gothic and elegant feel. You can trail flowering vines over the metal gazebo frame to make an organic roof. You can place a bench underneath to enjoy a feast of senses: a cool shade and an enticing fragrance of the flowers. Some filigree metal gazebos have attachable canopies made with canvas, plastic, and other weather-resistant materials.
Metal Parisienne gazebo
The Parisian gazebo is an open metal gazebo (often times this type of metal gazebo is unroofed), whose history goes back to the 14th century France when it was used as in Paris cafés and gardens of the aristocrats.
Like the filigree metal gazebo, the Parisian gazebo can also host climbing vines. Bring your favorite cup of coffee outdoors under the shade of your Parisienne gazebo, and say “c’est la vie!” Most Parisian gazebos are made from wrought iron.
Cast metal gazebo
Cast iron is made when hot fluid metal is poured into a mold. Cast iron gazebos make you nostalgic of the bygone Victorian era. The richly ornate and elegantly classy iron metal gazebo is robust enough to stand the test of time and the outdoor elements.
The lightness of aluminum, due to its low density, makes it the material of choice of portable gazebos. There are plenty of pre-fabricated aluminum gazebo kits in home improvement stores. You can prop up an aluminum gazebo anywhere. Modern designs of aluminum gazebos make them foldable for easy mobility and storage. Aluminum gazebos also have washable canopies or cloth coverings.
Modern metal gazebo
Plastic and metal is fused together to make a lightweight and compact garden gazebo. The edgy modern design flatters a house with a contemporary architecture. Plastic and metal are both easy to care materials. It still serves the same purpose as the traditional metal gazebo designs yet it has an urban flair. Some metal modern metal gazebos are collapsible.
How can I take good care of my metal gazebo?
Rust is the top enemy of your metal gazebo. Your first line of defense is to apply powder-coating to avoid corrosion on your gazebo metal especially for steel and iron. Protect the powder-coated metal from scratches as this causes rust to set in the metal inside.
Gazebo manufacturers have special instructions on how to care for their products. Follow this guide to make your gazebo last longer for your outdoor living and entertaining needs.
But in general, the metal gazebo only needs a low maintenance. This sets it apart from other kinds garden and patio gazebos designs.