When spring rolls around, you may start thinking about getting out in the garden and enjoying the sunshine. But even in chilly Britain, it can get very hot, and if your garden is south facing, it can be difficult to find a piece of shade to hide in.
This is where having a gazebo can be a lifesaver. It can turn your patio or decking into usable outdoor space, even on days when rain is threatening. Your guests will be able to comfortably sit out in the sun, without risk of sunstroke and children can play in the cool summer breeze.
A gazebo can be used to provide shelter anywhere you wish to take it. Whether it is to the park for a picnic or to the beach to keep the sun off. You can also use it as a shelter for your BBQ or to help out your local school at their fete. It can even be used to store items temporarily.
The most practical type of gazebo is one which can be erected in minutes and is lightweight but sturdy. If you are looking for something which is suitable for year-round use, you might want to consider an industrial gazebo. They tend to have a sturdier framework and thicker canvas. While more expensive, they will offer great peace of mind in high winds.
Most of us will be happy enough with a standard garden gazebo. Many come in pop-up designs which can be folded away at the end of the day. Some have sides which turn outdoor space into small rooms. You could also choose those with wooden frames, metal or plastic depending on your budget and how ornate you would like it to look.
The cheapest plastic gazebos with thinner canopies will cost a mere £40, while you can get different sizes and materials at anything up to £200. Generally, the more money you are willing to spend the longer you can expect it to last and the less likely it will be prone to damage.
Once you have bought a gazebo you will want to look after it to keep in it great shape for use year after year. Simply following the instructions when it comes to erection will prevent any damage to the frame or canopy.
It is essential that your gazebo is securely attached to the ground using the supplied pegs or ties. They can easily catch the wind and will fly away with even the smallest gust of wind.
Never pack up your gazebo when it is wet. This will cause mildew to form which may eventually cause holes and stains on the fabric. Metal parts may also become rusty.