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Your backyard should be your sanctuary. By installing privacy fences, you can keep the eyes of nosy neighbors out of your affairs. Pool fences can keep your animals and your small children from hurting themselves while they play in the backyard, and a gazebo can add a touch of wonder — of whimsy — whether you want to place wooden gazebos near your pond or garden gazebos in your beautiful landscaping.

Despite popular belief, gazebos aren’t just the stained wooden versions you see sitting near bodies of water in Jane Austen movies. There are screened gazebos, vinyl gazebos, and many other types. How can you tell which one is right for your sanctuary? Start with these simple tips.

How to Narrow Down Your Choices for Gazebos

  • Which Material is Best?
  • Typically, gazebos are available in either wood or vinyl. As Visual.ly shows, wooden gazebos have the benefit of having that classic look and being far less expensive, though their porous nature makes them highly susceptible to rot and warping without regular maintenance. Vinyl options on the other hand are sturdier and are easier to maintain, but they lack that classic aesthetic of their wooden counterparts. This is really just a matter of personal choice. How much time and effort do you want to put into your gazebo?

  • Do You Have a Bug Problem?
  • It’s important to consider what sort of pests you’re going to have to deal with when hanging out in your new favorite spot. If you live in a humid, wet area of the country, it’s likely in your best interest to choose screened gazebos. Screened gazebos will keep the bugs out of the gazebo, so whether you’re having a drink with friends or reading a book as the sun goes down, you won’t have to worry about any unwelcome guests coming in to make you their dinner.

  • What Do You Want to Do in Your Gazebo?
  • For Living the Country Life, one of the best things you can do when trying to choose between different types of gazebos is decide what you want to do in your new retreat. If you plan to host wine tastings with friends, it’s probably best to get a vinyl option, as spilled wine won’t so readily stain the material. Likewise, if you plan to work outside in your gazebo, you can talk to your contractor about installing a fold-able desk. Whatever you want, chances are there is a gazebo that fits. You just have to know what you’re looking for.

How did you choose between gazebos for your home? Share your advice with us in the comments below. More like this article.

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