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The Different Types of Gazebos for Your Home

Monday, April 26, 2021

Homeowners took on more than $522 billion in-home repairs and improvements while locked down in 2020.

This represents a whopping $72 billion increase in spending over the last two years. And some of the most popular forms of home improvements come in the shape of landscaping, fencing, and types of gazebos. Experts say these kinds of improvements increase home values, privacy and maximize relaxation levels. 

Installing a gazebo is a great way to add attractive outdoor living space, picnic area, or decoration to your landscaping. But gazebo designs can come in a dizzying array of materials and styles.

In the following article, we'll shed some light on your gazebo options so that you can make an informed decision on your next outdoor project.

The Pavilion

This octagonal-shaped gazebo is popular in garden settings. These structures are compact and open-walled. This allows for a bit of shade and plenty of fresh air. 

The pavilion gazebo comes in a few different styles, including single- and double- roofed and vinyl or wooden siding. 

Victorian Style

Intricate designs and curves grace these types of gazebos. "Victorian" refers to the style of architecture made popular in the United Kingdom from 1837 to 1901. It was then brought to the United States and other former colonies like Australia.

You'll find steeply pitched roofs, ornate gables, and canted windows as aspects of the Victorian style. Some home designers only suggest these types of gazebos to accompany a similarly styled home. 


This structure is really a series of rafters and support posts and differs from the traditional gazebo in that it has no floor or walls. However, these structures are beautiful ornamentation and can help define a backyard patio or grill space. 

Many owners of pergolas will hang billowy fabric or attach awnings to create shade. They might also adorn the structure with planters and vines. 


What makes a rotunda gazebo stand out is its dome-like roof. Many of the traditional examples of these structures are built in the Greek Revival or Classical architecture style. 

For a time in Europe, especially in Great Brittain, these rotundas were called a garden folly. Often installed in ornate gardens by ponds or lakes, these showstopper structures were meant to showcase the homeowner's wealth and prestige. 

In America, many public parks and scenic spaces will feature a rotunda that serves as a grand meeting spot. 


This modern-type of gazebos uses poles and tent fabric to create a nearly unbreakable gazebo. These are perfect for shade and protection from the elements.

Also, tensile gazebos are open-air, and the ceiling fabric is made of synthetic material resistant to sun fading. 

Metal Types of Gazebos

These garden gazebos are made of ornate curves and railings and typically offer no shade or protection from the elements. 

Wrought iron or aluminum gazebos make for beautiful decoration or as a focal point to backyard landscaping. And if metal isn't your thing, you can recreate a similar look with wood using a modified Victorian or pergola. 

Weigh Price with Purpose

When considering the types of gazebos that will fit in with your landscaping desires and budget, consider your exact specifications and goals. 

Are you looking for shade or a screened-in area, or are you looking for an ornament for your backyard garden?

The answers to these questions will help you make the right decisions. 

And if you're having trouble making your decision, reach out to the builders at Paul Construction and Awning today for a professional consultation. 

Whether you’re looking to make your outdoors a little more functional or a lot more fun, Montco Fence does it all. From custom fences and storage sheds to hot tub spas and playhouses, we’re the only consultant and contractor you need. Our friendly and knowledgeable team works with you every step of the way, providing not only practical solutions and attractive structures but affordable prices as well. 

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