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Wood gazebo are ideal for enjoying the summer outdoors without the stresses that come with it, like rain, hot sun & bugs. Gazebos are the perfect spot to relax, and some are even big enough to invite company too. As with all gazebos, the option of screened or unscreened are available as well as a variety of other preferences and wood types. Look closely at the many types of gazebos and their descriptions to get an idea of how the different options effect the look & feel of the final product. For up close, pictures of the options do not always tell the whole story.
When buying a wood gazebo, you must be selective, look closely at their descriptions to get an idea of how the different options would suit the positioning of your new gazebo.
Your choice will be governed by many factors such as, shape, where to place your gazebo, your budget and most important of all, do you need planning permission. Plan these things before you make your final choice.
Wood Gazebo Construction
Wood gazebos are most often constructed of pressure-treated pine or red cedar.
Fasteners should be of stainless steel or treated for corrosion resistance.
Roofing materials should make use of quality shingles. Cedar shake shingles are popular choices for gazebo roofing
Red Cedar Gazebos
Red Cedar is a popular choice for gazebos due to its natural beauty, its resistance to decay, its distinctive aroma, and its longevity. Red Cedar contains natural oils that help the wood resist decay and rot, and serves as a natural deterrent to insects. When properly finished, and maintained well, Red Cedar lasts for many years and ages beautifully.
Cedar is a particularly beautiful wood, with a textured grain that ranges in colour from rich browns to reds, cinnamon, and amber. Because cedar is free from the pitch and resins found in almost all other woods, it is exceptionally suitable for a wide range of finishes, from oils and stains to paint.
Red cedar is much more stable than most soft woods, which makes it particularly suitable for structures such as gazebos. Cedar lies flat, doesn't shrink, and holds its fastenings tightly. It can be planed to an exceptionally smooth surface, and it does not need any toxic chemical treatments to make it resistant to decay.
Treated Pine Gazebos
Pine gazebos are usually constructed of yellow pine that has been pressure treated to make it resistant to decay, rot, and insect damage. Properly prepared pine can be stained or painted to your liking.
A final word. . .
A wood gazebo can be rustic or elegant, painted or natural, whatever style of wood gazebo you might choose, you can be sure it will add a beautiful and relaxing touch of nature along with protection from sun and rain.