A canopy gazebo is a relatively simple and straightforward item for your garden to either make yourself or to just buy and install. A gazebo is an open sided construction with a roof on it, which is usually used to provide shade in a garden during hot and sunny days.
Gazebos can also be used as a shelter from rainfall; however, the effectiveness of a gazebo as a rain shelter is really down to the choice of material for the roof. Gazebos are often built in one fixed position; however, dependant on the materials used in its construction it could also be moveable.
Materials Used in Making a Gazebo
Whilst a gazebo could have a very intricate design to it, in simple terms it will typically have four uprights, creating open walls, on top of which is a roof. The uprights are most usually made of timber or metal, especially aluminum, although they could also be made from brick, stone or architectural concrete.
Obviously lightweight timber or tubular metal uprights make a gazebo conducive to being moved, whereas many other materials don’t. A fixed gazebo constructed out of strong timbers or stone will usually have a roof made from roof tiles or shingles.
However, gazebos made from lightweight timbers or metal poles will invariably have a roof made from a cloth material such as cotton or weather proofed nylon – hence the term canopy gazebo. Or, in other words, by having a cloth roof the gazebo is more accurately described as having a canopy.
Canopy Gazebos and Picnics
If the gazebo is to provide you with shade in hot and sunny weather, why would anyone want a moveable canopy gazebo? Well, quite simply they are that lightweight and easy to put up that you can take them with you if you’re going to be outdoors in the sun elsewhere, away from home. The usual example here is if you’re going on a picnic.
Everyone loves a picnic and eating al fresco. However, and especially in these times when we’re being told to protect ourselves from too much exposure to the sun, at some point most of us will seek some shade to cool off under for a while. Having a canopy gazebo means you can picnic anywhere you like, as you have your own shade with you.
Why Move a Canopy Gazebo?
An obvious question to arise is why might you want to move your canopy gazebo around at home? To answer that question we need to compare how a fixed gazebo might be built compared to a canopy gazebo. Anyone building or installing a fixed gazebo will most likely position it over a floor that isn’t simply earth. Decking, stone tiles and block paving being very popular.
Whilst you could position a canopy gazebo over such a floor covering, or even just some gravel, most people position canopy gazebos on their lawn. Dependant on the amount of use that the gazebo has, especially if there are children around, that patch of lawn underneath it will soon start to look tired and worn – but with a lightweight canopy gazebo, you simply pick it up and move it to another part of the lawn.
Your choice of material for the canopy will largely be determined by the local weather conditions in which it will be used. Where there is very little rainfall, or the canopy gazebo is unlikely to be left outside for long periods, then a light and cooling cotton material may well suffice.
However, if there is a risk of it getting repeatedly wet, then you should consider a waterproof material such as polythene, nylon or a specially treated canvas.