Quality time in your garden under a polycarbonate gazebo, is there anything better?
Whether you’re relaxing with family, drinks with friends or holding important events, YOU can now do this.
Choosing a metal gazebo for a patio or garden space isn’t difficult but buying a decent one can be tricky…
You need it to be rust-resistant, have a strong frame and roof section, mesh curtains, oh, and can keep you dry.
If you’re a little fazed by that then follow our reviews, they’re here to help you buy the best for you…
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Best Hardtop Gazebo Brands with Sizes & Weight
|Palram||4.3 x 2.95 x 2.74 m||81.3kg|
|Outsunny||3 x 3.6 x 2.65 m||63.5kg|
|Suntime||2.5 x 2.5 m||28.6kg|
|Runcton||3 x 3 m|
|Glendale||3 x 3 m||99kg|
Palram Martinique The Best All Year Round Outdoor Gazebo
This Palram Martinique is so strong it can stay outdoors all year round on a patio or concrete area.
Quite often it will be described as a ‘pergola with a roof’ or a hardtop gazebo but whichever name you go by you can rely on it to provide you plenty of fun during the summer and survive the harshest of winters.
The best way of anchoring down this type of shelter is to drill it into the hard ground via the pre-drilled holes in the footplates.
This product is easy to assemble but you will require a couple of extra pairs of hands via your friends or a local joiner to help build it due to the heavy-duty beams and polycarbonate roof sheets.
The framework is powder coated which will protect the steel supports from rust and help maintain their strength, whilst the roof sections are polycarbonate which is much safe than glass and much lighter to handle.
Polycarbonate panels are lightweight but don’t underestimate their strength. They’re durable and will resist even the worst of weather conditions thrown at them.
They are much safe than using glass as polycarbonate doesn’t shatter and are x10 stronger than plastic and glass.
Powder-coated steel frame
Powder coating helps to protect the steel beams against rust and help maintain the strength. It will also improve longevity by adding more durability to the steel frame section which will also give you better value for money by ensuring it can be used for many years to come.
Sturdy & Windproof
The galvanised steel frame and the ability to drill it to the ground provides a secure and stable canopy. Don’t underestimate how much sturdier drilling into the hard ground will provide.
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Outsunny Polycarbonate Gazebo with Solid Roof & Curtains
This permanent outdoor Outsunny 3×3.6m gazebo is ideal for those of you that have the room for it.
The 3 layered roof panels prevent 90% of UV rays from damaging your skin, whilst also protecting your furniture from bleaching by the sun.
You can leave it outdoors throughout the winter as long as you’ve drilled it down with the provided anchors.
There are screw holes in the footplates for the provided tent pegs should you be placing it on soft ground such as grass, alternatively, you can use screws should you mount it on decking, concrete or tarmac.
The meshing screen will keep out the bugs, whilst the curtains will keep all the drafts should it be breezy or cooler during evening use.
Here’s what we like about this Outsunny hardtop gazebo in more detail.
Stable in Windy weather
The powder-coated galvanised steel uprights provide excellent support to the roof section and help with the stability of the structure.
The holes in the feet for the anchors help to hold the gazebo down and stop the frame from shifting in windy weather.
The polycarbonate panels slot together and once together they provide 100% waterproofing. They are much stronger than glass and plastic, whilst also very light to handle.
The panels will last a long time, can protect against UV rays and are virtually indestructible.
Ideal for Hard or Soft Ground
As long as the surface area is level you can place this gazebo on either hard or soft ground. For hard ground, you can drill it into decking or concrete which provides total stability.
For soft ground, such as grass, you can use the anchor pegs to push through the holes in the feet.
Mesh Screen & Curtains
The mesh screen and curtains are both on separate runners, meaning you can use both at the same time.
The mesh screen provides protection against bugs. This means you can hang lights inside without attracting every creature that lives.
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Polenza 2.5m Lightweight Metal Gazebo with a Material Canopy
This gazebo is supplied with a sturdy steel frame and like most outdoor gazebos has a powder coating that helps to protect the frame from rust.
It has 4 mosquito nets that can be tied back when not in use and wrapped around the steel frame to keep them out the way.
Alternatively, you can draw the bug nets them together when it begins to get dark and mosquitos are at their worst.
The nets are situated on the inside of the frame section which means that when the rain runs off the roof section it misses the nets which means they keep dry.
However, if at some point the nets get dirty they can be machine washed on a very low temperature.
To leave this Polenza gazebo outdoors I would personally remove the canopy and side nets to ensure they are not damaged should you experience strong winds or heavy snow from autumn to early spring.
Holes in feet
A popular feature amongst more robust gazebos is the ability to drill them into a hard surface to add extra stability.
This polenza canopy has holes in the feet to make it easier for you to drill it into the ground, although stakes or screws are not supplied.
Although the net curtains are thick, the thing about them is that they’re easy to attach, simple to draw and reach the ground which keeps the bugs out.
The sides can be removed to be machine washed and its recommended to put them on a low temperature, economical wash to prevent damage as a more powerful, the longer wash may weaken the netting sides.
This really is a great looking metal gazebo that is best erected on flat turf or a patio area. I’m not kidding but your friends will be envious of your new polenza shelter canopy.
One thing I would do though is to take it down during the spring and autumn months after use to prevent damage from more unpredictable weather conditions.
It’s sturdy and good quality but it’s not really a heavy-duty gazebo but that is reflected in the price.back to menu ↑
Runcton Hard Top Gazebo with Privacy Curtains
This 3m x 3m Runcton polycarbonate gazebo is perfect if you’re looking for some privacy whilst relaxing or dining outdoors.
The curtains are perfect should you decide to place a hot tub inside and can be closed for complete privacy and stop them, nosey neighbours, from peeping.
At the top of the gazebo, you will find polycarbonate roofing that allows a sufficient amount of light through whilst blocking out most of those harmful UV rays.
The panels ensure this gazebo is 100% waterproof which means you can make use of it all year round, regardless of the weather.
Each footplate provides a large base to improve its stability and make it very sturdy in strong winds, whilst the mesh screen will keep out the bugs and the curtains keep the drafts out.
Without a doubt, this is one of our favourite features. It provides you with the privacy you need if your garden is surrounded by overlooking houses so those pesky neighbours can’t ruin your evening.
It also provides a really cosy, relaxing ambiance inside once all the curtains have been drawn. This is what makes it ideal if you’re looking for something to go around your hot tub.
The roof panels are polycarbonate which is extremely durable, very strong which is ideal for snow load and provide protection from harmful UV rays.
With the translucent design, it also ensures that it’s never too bright under the canopy and makes it the ideal environment to kick back and have an afternoon nap.
The almond brown curtains hang delicately around giving it a really elegant look and can be zipped together for full privacy.back to menu ↑
Glendale Gazebo with Curtains & Solid Roof
This Glendale polycarbonate gazebo has a white roof and very stylish looking petrol blue curtains with an inner mesh to prevent bugs.
This Glendale gazebo is sturdy enough to be left outdoors all year round and the curtains can be detached if necessary.
Removing the curtains before winter will protect them from any potential damage from strong winds and help to keep them free from stains and dirt.
This product is relatively easy to build but it will require the help of a couple of friends due to the fact that the supporting beams and polycarbonate panels are quite heavy.
If you’re looking for a bright gazebo with lots of character, then look no further.
White Polycarbonate Roof
Usually, you can expect a dark roof but with this gazebo, it’s a beautiful white. Having this colour makes a vast difference, it really brightens up your garden but it may need hosing down in spring to remove leaves and bird muck.
Curtains with built-in mesh netting
Whether you use them or not, I have always had a huge preference for purchasing a hardtop gazebo with curtains.
This is due to the fact that you can choose to not use them if you wish, whereas, if you don’t have them then you don’t have that choice.
Having them means that you can make your special event more private by closing the curtains whilst keeping the bugs out.
Frames tend to be steel but with this product they’re aluminium. Aluminium is ideal as it’s lightweight yet durable and tends to be more rustproof than steel.
You can fix the feet to the ground which will give it more stability on windier days.