There are so many different types of a gazebo, therefore, the amount of time for which a gazebo will last can vary. 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.
However, to answer your question, a gazebo can be expected to last between 1 to 15 years and it’s entirely dependant on the type you purchase. Read below where we explain each type.
How Long do Pop up Gazebo and 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.
For example: For just under £30 you can buy what would be classed as a ‘single-use’ pop up gazebo.
With pop up gazebos, you can normally take a look at the price and come to an assumption about how long it will last due to the cheap price.
How long will a Cheap pop up gazebo last?
Cheap pop up gazebos can be expected to last anywhere ranging from a single-use to a couple of years.
Low priced pop up gazebos can only be produced at this price by reducing the quality of materials being used to build them.
Quite often, it is cheap gazebos that give 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.
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?
These kinds of shelters are normally around the £200 mark ($350) and can be expected to last anywhere from a year to 5 years.
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?
There are several different types of a metal gazebo but in this case, I’m going to refer to the solid polycarbonate roofed metal models, often referred to as hardtop gazebos.
If you’re looking for a solid outdoor and hardwearing gazebo for all seasons then you can rely on this type lasting for 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.
How Long will a Wooden Gazebo Last?
If they’re well looked after then a wooden gazebo can 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.
As long as a basic level of maintenance is carried out on your wooden gazebo, snow is brushed off the roof during winter and a coating has been applied to the wood, then you can expect 10-15 years of enjoyment from your gazebo.