Good metals for outdoor gazebos are aluminum, wrought iron and steel. Aluminum is light, strong and inexpensive. Steel is stronger and more durable. Wrought iron is the most expensive, but it adds a vintage quality to the design. Outdoor gazebo roofing can be metal, plastic or glass. Metal roofing is more expensive than plastic or glass roofing, but it lasts up to 25 years.
Metal gazebos don't rot, warp or break. They add value to a property by creating durable outdoor relaxation areas. Metal gazebos resist climatic changes better than wood gazebos and only require occasional cleaning. Aluminum gazebos remain rust-free. Wrought iron and steel gazebos require a protective coating applied twice a year to prevent rusting.
Metal gazebos come in hexagonal, round, square and rectangular shapes. The size of the gazebo depends on the available outdoor space. These gazebos can be permanent structures or portable. Some permanent gazebos come with low walls that allow installation of doors and windows.
Accessorize a gazebo based on the location and the property's architectural style. Consider climatic conditions when decorating a gazebo. Spanish- or Mediterranean-style outdoor furniture go particularly well with metal gazebos. Install screens to add extra shade, privacy and protection against mosquitoes.