Exterior space outside a home require outdoor shades to be truly useful. No guest or homeowner wants to spend much time baking under a potentially health-threatening sun. The gazebo is one such outdoor shade structure found in homes. Its most basic elements are a circular shape, a series of posts, and a roof combined into a freestanding structure. Gazebos are somewhat large so fit best into big back or front yards.
Most people who own a home will have come across the lightweight, portable gazebo. It is easy to set up as the supporting frame structure is made of rigid plastic or hollowed metal tubes. The shelter walls and roof are fabric to keep the entire structure very light. The great advantage is that these structures can be set up quickly and with minimal effort. The great disadvantage is that these structures are not robust and need to be taken down for the winter.
The roof and wall fabric can be made of many materials, with canvas being the classic selection. However, nowadays canvas is rare due to its propensity to get dirty and contaminated with microbial growth. Modern synthetics resist the color-fading sun light as well as microbial growth much better. They are also lighter, waterproof, and can be woven tightly to reduce light transmittance.
In addition to portables, the other kind of gazebos is the fixed structure that is often constructed out of wood, metal (iron or steel), and possibly brick. Wood gazebos must be treated in order to fight erosion by the elements. Iron and steel are much more durable as long as rust is managed. Such large structures demand a solid foundation entailing the sinking of concrete footings to hold the beams and platform. The work is arduous and is best done with the help of professionals.
For any of these permanent, heavy structures, it is important to ensure that sufficient open space exists around the final structure so it is easy to move around, in and out of the gazebo. The ground also needs to be level otherwise it is hard to ensure that the final structure is free of tilt. Clearing the dirt to make level ground followed by laying a surface can help improve the surface.
Many of these problems are discussed in gazebo kits which can be purchased online or at a home improvement store. Complete schematics and hardware are included with the kits. Raw materials such as wood must be purchased separately. After the gazebo is completed it can be supplemented with add-on improvements. For hot climates a mosquito netting will make the evening more bearable by keeping out small bugs and insects. For very sunny areas a hanging shade can add to the shade power of the gazebo.