On this page you will learn:
- How you can tell if a gazebo is hard-wearing and long-lasting
- How to decide whether you need a heavy-duty gazebo
- Signs that a gazebo won’t last or could be flimsy
Ultimately, the sturdiness of your gazebo will comes down to its materials. A gazebo will last and be hard-wearing if it is made of materials that are high-quality and has been reinforced to ensure it lasts. Most cheap gazebos won’t have gone through the design process and testing to ensure they last – that’s because they are made to be used a couple of times, maybe even just once, and thrown away.
The shape of the frame is important. Most pop-up gazebos will have a hexagonal frame as it is an essential part of the pop-up mechanism. It also improves the strength of the structure when standing.
The frame is normally made of aluminium, but different types of aluminium have different properties. We use aluminium profile (also knowing as extruded aluminium) which is different from cast aluminium.
In extrusion, the shape of the final product is achieved by heating aluminium logs to 500°C.
In casting, other metals are added to the aluminium to produce what are called alloys. Generally cast aluminium is easier and cheaper to make into different types of products.
Extruded aluminium is less vulnerable to corrosion than cast aluminium. It is also a lot lighter than steel, that’s why we use it for our gazebos.
Nylon might sound a strange choice of material for a joint but it is used increasingly in engineering as a replacement for steel. Why? Because it is incredibly hard-wearing and prevents metal-on-metal friction.
Nylon has a natural oil surface which means it’s the perfect material for pop-up gazebos which are constantly sliding up and down. If the gazebo you are choosing has metal joints, like steel or aluminium it is at far greater risk of wear. When the metal rubs together it causes friction, abrasion and ultimately oxidisation that can cause your joints to fuse together so that the product becomes unusable.
The nylon material flexes more easily than metal too, meaning the gazebo can stand being used on uneven surfaces without causing rubbing or damaging the joints and frame.
Joints which have undergone proper quality testing will obviously be higher quality than alternatives. For example, we use a hammer test – literally hitting a joint with a hammer – to ensure quality.
In the video below you can see a comparison of weaker, cheaper joints compared to our nylon joints. The difference is obvious. Cheaper joints crumple under the pressure:
When it comes to pop-up gazebos, the majority of canopies on offer are made from some kind of plastic material. Canvas gazebos tend to be permanent or semi-permanent structures. The type of plastic can affect how waterproof and robust the canopy will be.
A lined canopy adds extra protection from the weather and makes it less likely to rip.
We use a polyester canopy that is lined with PVC. Polyester actually absorbs a little bit of water that can seep through under heavy rain. A lining of PVC, which is more water resistant, prevents this kind of leak.
A lining also gives an extra layer of strength, making the canopy less likely to rip. So, look for a canopy that has a lining rather than a single layer cover.
A lined canopy helps with waterproofing, but to really make sure your canopy is going to last you should look for one that has been treated with a chemical spray to improve water resistance. Find out more about waterproofing here.
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