Today on PatioMate we’ve listed our top 10 best wooden gazebos for sale. We feel these gazebos are best suited to the home garden. Although there’s nothing stopping you putting these up in a commercial setting either 🙂
Start with our handy buyers guide to help you get to grips with the nuances of each of these gazebos. We’ll be talking about price, approximate build time, construction material and extras that may be included.
Where possible, we’ve obtained the lowest price from multiple vendors to ensure that you’re not paying over the odds for your next gazebo. If you find a cheaper price elsewhere, please let us know in the comments or via Facebook or Twitter and we’ll update the list.
If you’d like to skip the buyers guide, just click on any of the links below and you’ll jump straight to our list.
Wooden Gazebo Buyers Guide
Gazebos come in an array of different shapes and sizes, with designs ranging from traditional and rustic, to outrageously opulent!
Prices can also vary wildly, budget and ultra-cheap wooden gazebos can cost as little as £120~. Low to mid range options cost between £300-500. Mid-range gazebos with a side-wall or two will cost in the region of £800-1,500 while more exotic woods with larger frames (4-6m) and installation included will start from around £2,500 topping out at around £7,000 for high-end or custom builds.
What Size Gazebo Will I Need?
Planning Permission & Development Guidance
Planning permission is usually not required for gazebos assuming the following rules are adhered to:
- If the Gazebo is at least 2 metres away from the property boundary then the height must not exceed 4 metres with a pitched room, or 3 metres if a flat roof style is used or in any other cases
- If the Gazebo is positioned within 2 metres of your property or the boundary then it must not exceed 2.5 metres in height
- The total gazebo area does not cover more than half the total area of the garden
- The outbuilding must not be used for running a business or storing commercial goods
- If your property is listed or in a conservation area, planning permission must be obtained first
- The Gazebo must not be build forward of the principal elevation as your property stood on the 1st of July 1948 (i.e you can’t build one in your front garden)
These are just general guidelines, the planning portal within the UK has a handy mini-guide for outbuildings that you should familiarise yourself with before you consider investing in a gazebo, most of these gazebos will also be able to house a patio heater for keeping warm during the colder months.
This is where things start to get a bit tricky. If you’ve never dealt with wood before, odds are you won’t know the difference between a plank of pressure-treated pine and a block of cedar! Never fear, PatioMate is here to help you get the most bang for your buck and help you wade through the different types of timber available to us in the UK.
You should also pay close attention to the quality of felt or tiles (if included) as well as joist and screw construction materials. If you find a fault with your building materials, contact the supplier for a replacement, or if it’s something trivial like a screw, head down to your local DIY shop for a replacement – Benajmin Franklin said it best “for want of a nail the kingdom was lost” – don’t lose your gazebo because of a shoddy nail or screw!
Maintaining Your Gazebo
To keep your outbuilding in tip-top shape, a regular regiment of maintenance must be implemented to ensure your gazebo stays standing and doesn’t succumb to rot!
Most gazebos are supplied with pre-treated wood so they require limited maintenance, but by following these simple steps, you can help your gazebo stand the test of time.
- Keep grass, vegetation, shrubberies and other plants well trimmed and away from your wooden garden gazebo to keep it looking its best – this will prevent excess moisture from damaging the wood.
- Paint your gazebo with a UV inhibiting, water resistant stain or paint once every 1-2 years or as needed.
- If you decide to install a heater in your gazebo, try to remove any excess moisture within the area before turning it on. This will prevent damage caused by moisture extraction from the wood.
- Wherever possible, keep water ingress away from your gazebo, any damage to the felt or roofing should be repaired at your nearest convenience to prevent further water damage and failure of the gazebo structure.
- Clean and inspect your gazebo for cracks or damage twice a year, or after any major storms and repair it as soon as possible.
Designs & Shapes
Example – Rotundas are large gazebos which are circular and usually have a domed roof. While this design has a European origin, it has also been used as an influence in architectural design, for instance the White House roof was based on the rotunda design.
Pagoda style gazebos are based on Japanese architecture. While the original pagodas are too large to serve as effective garden elements, the typically wooden gazebos based on the pagoda style are beautifully intricate and consequently very popular.
The Pavilion design is open-sided, usually simple and placed fairly close to a main building. Variable in size, these gazebos are found in all types of terrain and climate.
The Pergola is a long, functional type of gazebo. The roof may be open or closed and is supported by pillars on all sides. Often, vines and other climbing plants are allowed to cover the gazebo.
All prices listed were correct at time of posting. All prices should automatically update but if an item is priced incorrectly please notify us via Facebook, Twitter or in the comments section and we will rectify it immediately!
Best Wooden Garden Gazebos for 2019
Last update on 2020-01-22 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API