WHAT TYPE OF GAZEBO IS RIGHT FOR YOU? TOP FIVE QUESTIONS YOU SHOULD ASK
Having a gazebo in backyard is an excellent way to enhance appearance while providing you with a quiet place to sit and relax after a hard day at work. Gazebos are wonderful for barbecue parties, family gatherings, or simply sipping on a cup of coffee or glass of lemonade on a lazy day. To create a romantic setting, you could string miniature lights along railing and roof of gazebo and then spend time with someone special out under stars. Because of their popularity, number of gazebo sales is rising. However, as with any investment, you want to make sure you choose right type. For that reason, consider top five questions you should ask.
Can gazebos withstand strong winds?
If you live in a part of country prone to high winds (Chicago), then this is a very important question to ask. If gazebo is constructed properly, it will hold up even in windy conditions. The reason is that gazebo canopy is designed with a wind vent that releases strong wind pressure. In addition, your gazebo would be anchored securely at vertical points so base, whether wood, stone, or concrete, is solid. Finally, gazeboes are heavy. For example, an 11-foot model will typically weigh between 325 and 350 pounds.
Will my gazebo have a bug screen?
When shopping around for a gazebo, remember that not all include price of screens to keep out little creatures. Therefore, if you want a screen, you need to consider two things, first, additional cost and second, weight. In other words, make sure your type of gazebo is designed to handle screen if you decide to add one on at a later date.
How is foundation floor secured?
This is also an important question to ask since not all gazeboes are created equal. Most gazebos are erected on a foundation such as wood deck, concrete slab, or paver patio. Whatever surface you choose, gazebo will need to be anchored. For wood gazebo, screws can be run through bottom plate of wall section and then into deck. For concrete, you would drill through bottom plate and then into concrete, using concrete anchors. Then for paver bricks, you want to use a concrete pier that is raised to height of paver brick for each of corners.