Aluminum patio gazebos are the perfect place to relax at the end of a long day. These are versatile structures you can use in countless ways, whether you want an outdoor seating area or a grill station. But how do you choose the perfect gazebo for your yard? This guide walks you through every step of the process so you can build the best gazebo in your backyard.
Why We Recommend Aluminum Patio Gazebos
Are you overwhelmed by all the choices when it comes to finding the right gazebo for your home? One of the first things you’ll need to decide is the gazebo material. Aluminum gazebos have a great many benefits over wood or steel gazebos. Although wood and steel gazebos do certainly have their uses, we recommend considering an aluminum gazebo for your yard or patio, and here's why.
Aluminum gazebos are more versatile and durable than wood gazebos. Unlike wood, aluminum won’t rot, crack, shift, or splinter. And with an aluminum gazebo, you’ll never need to worry about water damage, settling, or termites. Aluminum patio gazebos from SOJAG can give you versatile shade for years to come.
Aluminum gazebos are lightweight. They’re far lighter than wood or steel gazebos, but they’re just as sturdy. Aluminum gazebos are also extremely easy to install. An aluminum gazebo kit from SOJAG can be built in a day, and once it's up, you don’t need to sand, paint, or stain your gazebo.
The benefits of aluminum patio gazebos don’t stop there. Aluminum gazebos from SOJAG, like the Ventura BBQ grill gazebo, are powder-coated so they won’t rust and they’re resistant to corrosion. On the other hand, wood gazebos require a lot of maintenance. They need to be repainted or refurbished almost every year.
Your aluminum gazebo is extremely low maintenance, so you can enjoy all the great benefits of a gazebo without any of the work. And best of all, aluminum looks new for years, without needing to be re-stained or repainted.
Aluminum patio gazebos look great in urban yards and they’ll give your yard a modern twist. They’re also a cost-effective option. Depending on the size and style, aluminum gazebos are more affordable than wood gazebos.
Aluminum gazebos made from top-quality materials can even rival steel gazebos in strength and longevity. SOJAG has both aluminum and steel gazebos, and if you want an extremely durable and sophisticated gazebo, we recommend a premium steel gazebo. However, both standard gazebos and superior gazebos from SOJAG are high-quality aluminum gazebo options you’ll love.
Freestanding Gazebo Vs. Wall-Mounted Gazebo
Aluminum gazebos from SOJAG are available in both wall-mounted and freestanding formats, each of which has its own unique benefits.
Benefits of a Wall-Mounted Gazebo
Wall-mounted gazebos, like this Budapest Hardtop Gazebo, are perfect for your back deck, and they’ll extend your outdoor living space. SOJAG wall-mounted aluminum patio gazebos are open on three sides, and the fourth side is attached to an exterior wall of your house. They have galvanized steel or polycarbonate roofs that give you ultimate protection from UV rays, rain, and even snow.
You can install a barbecue gazebo with room to cook and grill, make a comfy seating area, or create an outdoor dining room. Wall-mounted gazebos give you even more options since they're near a power outlet. It's easy to bring out some extra lighting or project a movie on the side of the house.
Benefits of a Freestanding Gazebo
Freestanding gazebos, like this Dakota Hardtop Gazebo, are self-supporting structures. You can install them on your deck or patio, or anywhere in your yard. This is perfect if you want to create a secluded nook further away from the house. They’re open on all four sides, so you’ll enjoy the afternoon breeze and get a clear view from every angle. Freestanding gazebos are great for larger yards, and they’ll help you make the most of your outdoor space.
How Will You Use Your Gazebo?
An aluminum patio gazebo gives you endless options. Gazebos from SOJAG offer shade from the scorching sun and shelter from the rain. Sturdy galvanized steel roofs can even withstand snowstorms. This all-weather protection gives you countless ways to use your aluminum patio gazebo.
When choosing a gazebo, you can narrow down your options by deciding how you’ll use your gazebo. Knowing if you want to create a social spot or a quiet reading nook will help you pick the right gazebo for your backyard.
Great Backyard Gazebo Ideas
Some of the best uses for backyard gazebos include designing an outdoor dining room, creating sun protection near a swimming pool, and covering your patio or deck. Gazebos also make the perfect garden shelter for shade-loving plants and can be a peaceful oasis in the middle of your yard.
You can even transform part of your patio into the perfect outdoor kitchen with one of our barbecue gazebos. These hardtop bbq grill gazebos are the best cover for your outdoor cooking, keeping you and your grill shady and dry. With two shelves included, these shelters all have ample counter space while prepping and grilling food.
Picking the Right Location
Once you’ve selected your favorite gazebo style and you know how you plan to use your gazebo, it’s time to pick the perfect spot in the yard. An aluminum patio gazebo is easy to incorporate into your existing deck or patio. Or if you want a quiet oasis, you can install your gazebo in a quiet corner to create a peaceful retreat. The gazebo placement can also draw your eyes to things you want to highlight, like a lovely garden path, and block the view from things you don’t want to see, like the fence at the back of your property.
When Will You Use It?
To pick the right location, think about when you’ll use your gazebo. Do you want to catch the morning sun, or get shelter from the afternoon heat? If you want to maximize shade you can pick a spot in the middle of the yard, but if you want to get morning or evening sun, the center of the yard may not be the best choice.
Where Are the Trees?
If you have large trees in your yard, they’re already providing you with a lot of shade. To get the most out of your gazebo, build it away from trees and plants. You can add shade and shelter to a sunny spot in the yard and use the gazebo as a focal point in your garden.
Is the Ground Level?
You’d never set up your patio furniture on a hill, so make sure your gazebo is on a flat spot. When picking the right location for your aluminum patio gazebo, find a level place in your yard. If you don’t have a large, flat area, you can level the ground before installing your gazebo.
You can easily install an aluminum patio gazebo on your existing deck or patio. Build your gazebo without laying a new foundation or digging footers and enjoy the convenience of being just steps from the kitchen.
Picking the Right Size of Aluminum Patio Gazebo
Before you order your aluminum patio gazebo, think about the size of the gazebo you need. If you have a small yard, a large gazebo might seem overbearing. But if you have a larger yard, you can install a gazebo of any size. For deck installations, carefully measure your deck to select the right gazebo size.
If you already know how you’ll use the gazebo and where you’ll build it, you’re ready to pick the right size. If you’re still not sure, think about the kind of furnishings you want to add to your gazebo. Will you be adding a large table and a bunch of chairs? Or will you create a small sitting area?
For personal use, such as creating a small reading nook, smaller 8 X 8 ft gazebos are a great option. For daily family use and lounging, a 10 X 10 ft gazebo gives you more space. And to accommodate larger social gatherings, 12 X 12 ft gazebos or larger will give you lots of room to spread out.
Building Your Backyard Gazebo
Whether you’re putting your gazebo on your deck or building a bbq grill gazebo in your yard, the last decision you need to make is whether you’re building it yourself, or using professional installation services. DIY homeowners can check out our installation videos to learn how to get the job done right.
Professional Assembly Service
For professional installation services and gazebo building, SOJAG partners with GoConfigure. Just click the “Add Professional Installation” button when placing the order for your new aluminum gazebo. Before the assembly day, make sure you've leveled the spot, and your foundation or base is installed.
Create the Backyard of Your Dreams
When you choose the right aluminum patio gazebo, you can create a backyard you've always wanted. These durable, versatile structures are worth the investment, giving you a great outdoor space you can enjoy all year.