The Lifespan of Hardtop, Wooden, Pop-up Gazebos
There are so many different types of a gazebo, therefore, asking how long will a gazebo last can vary from one gazebo to another gazebo?
You can purchase metal gazebos, wooden gazebos, pop up gazebos and canopies, as well as event shelters and all will last varying amounts of time.
The difference between how long each type of gazebo will last is mainly down to the purpose of it in the first place.
For example, pop up gazebos aren’t going to last as long as a ‘hardtop’ because pop-ups are meant for fast set up, to provide shade and protection against rain in a variety of locations and easy to transport.
Read below where we explain each type in further detail.
How Long do Pop up Gazebos and Instant Canopies Last?
Pop up gazebos which also include canopies can last anywhere from a single-use to around 5 or 6 years.
This is due to the wide range of quality products that can be bought.
Single-use pop-up gazebos aren’t generally called these when they’re sold but once you get it home you just know it’s not going to last that long.
I would personally class a single-use pop-up gazebo as one that is priced around £35 ($45).
You can expect these cheap shelters to provide shade, a bit of protection against a very slight amount of rain and should be kept well away from any type of wind if possible.
With pop up gazebos, the price does generally play a big factor in the quality of your shelter, as better quality gazebos cost more to manufacture and therefore retail at a higher price.
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How Long do Cheap Pop up Gazebos Last?
Quite often, it is cheap gazebos that give pop -up gazebos as a whole a bad reputation.
People buy these cheaper shelters thinking they’ve got a bargain and then attempt to use their flimsy shelter in bad weather and find it collapses at the first sign of a black cloud.
You’ll also find a lot of these types of shelter for sale on eBay where someone has bought one, put it up in their backyard and realised it probably isn’t going to be good enough and quickly listed it to recoup some cashback.
However, a low priced shelter that is used in pleasant weather and is carefully built using all supporting parts (wind bars, guy ropes and weights if included) can last for a couple of years.
How Long does a Premium Pop up Gazebo Last?
Premium pop up canopies and gazebos are normally around the £200+ mark ($350+) and can be expected to last anywhere from a year to 5 years.
Realistically, you should expect between 2-4 years of use…
They are priced around this point as good quality materials are used to construct them.
You will often find a high-level denier (thickness of the fabric) or ‘gsm’ (weight of the fabric) for the canopy and sides, as well as wording such as galvanised or reinforced used to describe the frame.
You will often receive guy ropes, tent pegs and gazebo weights to anchor the shelter to the ground in readiness for bad weather.
All these items are packed into a heavy-duty carrying bag for convenience.
How Long do Hardtop Gazebos Last?
If you’re looking for a permanent outdoor and hardwearing gazebo for all seasons then you can rely on this type (hardtop gazebo) can last easily up to 10 years and beyond that too.
You will need to apply basic maintenance to it.
The frame will be powder coated to prevent it rusting, the roof section is solid and made from polycarbonate sheets (very tough) and it will normally arrive with anchor bolts to help secure it to the ground (deck or patio).
Inside the package, you can normally expect to receive mosquito nets and curtains and it often comes with attached shelves.
All in all, you can expect to pay anywhere from £1k upwards but quite often they’re seen as good investments as long as they’re treated well.
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How Long do Wooden Gazebo Last?
If they’re well looked after then a wooden gazebo will last the longest time of all the types mentioned above.
Ideally, you would want to position a wood gazebo away from overlying branches and where items could drop on the roof.
Leaves and branches may damage the roof for different reasons over long periods of time.
The timber will generally be pre-treated but ideally, you’ll need to apply a waterproof coating and further treatment to the wood either prior to assembling or once fully assembled.