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While patios and decks are certainly the most common backyard structures, gazebos can offer the best of both worlds (and a little extra). Gazebos provide overhead shelter most decks and patios can’t offer, but also a light and airy feel that can’t be matched.
Warmer temperatures call for outdoor gazebos and that means this summer is the perfect time to add your own. Whether you’re going to tackle the project yourself or hire a professional contractor, there are numerous reasons to add an outdoor gazebo this summer.
You Have Plenty of Options
Despite popular opinion, there are many options or materials to choose from when it comes to your outdoor gazebo. Much like your preferred home style, whether it be rustic, modern or traditional, the same theme can be applied to your gazebo. Below are the most popular gazebo options:
- Wood: Like decks, wood gazebos are the most evident across America. Wooden gazebos bring a sense of warmth that can’t be matched among its competitors. Additionally, wooden gazebos are easier to construct than vinyl or steel. However, just like a wooden deck, homeowners will have to watch for rot and termites.
- Vinyl: Just like home exteriors, vinyl used to be a very prominent material used for outdoor gazebos. Vinyl gazebos are known as the middle ground when it comes to gazebo design. It may not be as visually appealing as a wooden gazebo, but it certainly comes with less maintenance issues.
- Aluminum: Finally, families who want more support and privacy tend to go with aluminum gazebos. Given its sturdy structure, aluminum gazebos are on the expensive side.
You Can DIY
There are certain projects that almost always require a professional. Electrical and HVAC projects generally come to mind, but building an outdoor gazebo is not one of them. The decision will largely depend on the type you wish to build. If you do decide to build the gazebo yourself, you can save hundreds of dollars on the installation. On the other hand, if you choose to hire a professional, expect to spend anywhere from $5,000 to $11,000 for a new gazebo, depending on your choice of materials, embellishments and size.
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Overall costs will largely depend on the size of your gazebo. A nine-foot wooden gazebo, for example, will cost somewhere between $1,500 and $2,500. If you'd prefer a vinyl structure, the cost will be approximately $2,100 to $3,600. Metal gazebos will be more expensive.
Other costs can factor in as well. If you're looking to put in screens for a closed, functional gazebo, expect to spend more for materials and labor.
Customized shapes will also be more expensive, compared to a common square, oval or hexagon. Finally, roof material plays a key role. Asphalt shingles, much like a regular roof, are the cheapest option (if you put in a roof), but homeowners also go with slate, wood shakes or tile as well.
You Can Add Value to Your Home
There are many home remodeling projects that add little to no value to the home. Some may assume that outdoor gazebos add little value to your home, but in fact, the addition of a shed or gazebo could add 50% (or more) of its cost to the value of your property.
Therefore, your new gazebo won’t only pay dividends this summer, but when you sell your home as well.
You Can Add Extra Protection & Privacy
Most gazebos are open and airy, but there are others that can give you and your family the privacy you deserve. Gazebo spa enclosures are perfect for covering your hot tub and blocking out those annoying mosquitos.
Also, as I said earlier, you can add screens or glass windows for extra bug protection. Beware that both elements come with higher installation and maintenance costs.
Patios and decks have had their time in the sun. Now, gazebos are making their way into backyards across America. Given their beautiful structures, ample benefits and design flexibility, it’s hard to understand why it took so long.
For more outdoor inspiration, please view our other deck, patio and porch articles here.