Cedar, pine, and vinyl are the materials of choice for most gazebo kits.
A number of manufacturers produce gazebo kits in a range of styles, sizes, and materials. Roofing choices also vary, though many models include cedar shakes because they create an iconic gazebo look.
This good-looking wood is a popular material because it also naturally resists damage and decay due to moisture and insects. Grade #1 Western red cedar is the preferred among all cedar selections. Roofing is typically cedar shakes. A small, 6-by-6 model costs $3,000, while a large, 16-by-16 can run $7,000 or more
At about 10 percent less in cost, pressure-treated pine is an attractive alternative to red cedar. Preservatives make it resistant to moisture and insect damage, but the wood should be painted or stained.
So-called “vinyl” gazebos are actually constructed from pine that is then covered with PVC. The result is a material that is not only durable but also completely decay- and insect-resistant as well as virtually maintenance-free. Prices generally run about 10 percent more than red cedar.
Kit Gazebo Options
Kit gazebos not only come with all the building pieces and connectors, but many also offer a range of options, from screening and windows to decorative braces and even swings. For a premium, some will make certain modifications, such as a curved roof or the addition of benches.
You may also want to ask if the gazebo can be pre-stained. The $600 or $700 is well worth it if you do not featuring staining it yourself. If you choose to finish it yourself, do so before you construct the gazebo and then simply touch it up once it is assembled.
When you are ready to assemble the gazebo, read thoroughly and follow precisely the manufacturer’s instructions. You will likely need someone to help, especially with the pieces that are heavy and/or difficult to manage alone. And when it comes to erecting the roof, you may want to have more than one helper. Should you have any misgivings about your ability to handle the heavy roofing materials at a height, take advantage of the kit manufacturer’s recommended professional installers.