Spending quality time in your garden, relaxing with friends, family or holding important events can all be done under the protective shelter of polycarbonate gazebo.
Buying a metal gazebo for a patio or deck isn’t difficult but choosing a decent one can be tricky! As a minimum, it should have a strong rust-resistant frame and roof with mesh curtains
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Our Favourite Hardtop Gazebos with Reviews
Take a look at our preferred choices together with reviews of the products and their top features
Palram Martinique All Year Round Gazebo Review
This Palram Martinique is so strong it can stay outdoors all year round on a patio, concrete or decked area. This type of shelter can often be referred to as a ‘pergola with a roof’.
This gazebo is easy to build but 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 frame is powder-coated to protect the steel supports from rust and maintain their strength, whilst the roof sections are polycarbonate which is safer than glass and much lighter.
The best way to anchor down this Martinique gazebo is to screw it down via the pre-drilled holes in the footplates. Securing with screws and the weight of the roof makes it extremely sturdy.
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 up to x10 stronger than plastic and glass. To be honest, they’re a modern and safer version of 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.
This will provide better value for money by ensuring you can use this Martinique for many years to come without the concerns that it won’t last long or be value for money.
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 exra sturdiness drilling into hard ground will provide.
Outsunny Polycarbonate Roof Gazebo Review with Curtains
This Outsunny 3×3.6m gazebo is ideal for those of you require a permanent gazebo that can be secured and left outdoors all year round, especially if you have the room for it.
There are screw holes in the footplates to use the tent pegs should you use it on soft ground such as grass. Alternatively, you can use screws to fix to decking, concrete or tarmac.
The 3 layered roof panels prevent 90% of UV rays from damaging your skin, whilst also protecting furniture from bleaching by the sun. However, wear suncream when outdoors as normal.
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.
Stable in Windy weather
The galvanised steel uprights provide excellent support to the roof section and help with stability. The anchors fix the gazebo down and stop the frame from shifting in windy weather.
The polycarbonate panels slot together and provide 100% waterproofing. They are much stronger than glass and plastic, whilst also very light to handle. The panels also last longer too.
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. As mentioned above, try and find a level surface to position your gazebo.
Mesh Screen & Curtains
The mesh screen and curtains both operate on separate runners, meaning you can use both at the same time. They provide excellent protection against wasps in the day and mosquitos at night.
This means you can hang lights inside without feeling as though you’re attracting every creature that’s ever existed! Also, when cooking in the day, it keeps unwanted flies out too.
Glendale Gazebo with Curtains & Solid Roof Review
This Glendale polycarbonate gazebo has a white roof and very stylish looking petrol blue curtains with an inner mesh to prevent bugs. This gazebo is sturdy enough to stay outdoors all year round.
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
This white roof of this polycarbonate gazebo makes a vast difference and can really brighten 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 included then at least you have the choice whether to use them or not.
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.
It doesn’t have to be a special event, you can relax on your own or with your partner but at least you can have breakfast or read your favourite book without being bothered by pests.
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.
The aluminium frame has a powder coating to protect against rust and I suggest handling it carefully when constructing it as not to scratch it. The exposed metal will begin to rust.
You can fix the feet to the ground to offer extra stability on windier days. You will receive anchor pegs to connect the frame to the ground, however, the weight of the roof helps with stability too.