How Long Do Metal Gazebos Last?

From the elegant teahouses of Japan to the decadent summerhouses of Rome, people across the world have enjoyed the shade and shelter of outdoor gazebos for thousands of years. These gazebos were typically built from wood, which remains an incredibly popular gazebo material to this day. But alongside cedar, teak, pine, and more, there’s now a growing demand for gazebos made from metal.

Metal gazebos provide an elegant and stylish complement to any property, particularly those with a modern aesthetic. And when properly treated by the manufacturer, metal gazebos should last around 10-15 years, making them excellent value for money.

Most homeowners looking to purchase a metal gazebo decide on either aluminum or galvanized steel. While both materials are pleasing to the eye, their different properties have a huge impact on the durability and longevity of your gazebo. To ensure you can enjoy yours for as long as possible, here are some of the key differences between an aluminum and steel gazebo. 

Steel vs Aluminum Gazebos

Strength and Stability

Some people favor aluminum gazebos for their low cost and light weight. Unfortunately, these qualities come at the cost of strength and stability, which in turn makes aluminum gazebos less resistant to heavy wind, rain, and snowfall. During times of strong weather, you might even need to venture out into the elements to dismantle and store your gazebo or sweep off accumulated snow, which can be frustrating and uncomfortable.

Galvanized steel, on the other hand, is a much thicker and denser material. This gives your gazebo significantly higher weatherproofing and allows you to leave it up all year round in any climate. That means no emergency deconstructions, no damaged property, and total peace of mind!

To give your gazebo the longest possible lifespan, Backyard Discovery metal gazebos use steel that’s much thicker and stronger than other manufacturers. On top of that, we test and certify our products against wind, rain, and heat damage to bring you the ultimate in stability and durability. And every metal roof gazebo we make offers outstanding insulation, meaning you can always stay cool in summer and cozy in winter. So you can enjoy exceptional weather protection and outstanding comfort all year round!


Steel is roughly 200% stronger than aluminum


Rust and Corrosion

Those who favor aluminum gazebos often claim that aluminum doesn’t rust, whereas steel does. But these commonly held beliefs aren’t quite accurate.

When new aluminum is exposed to the air, its surface develops a thin layer of aluminum oxide. This protects it against rust, but doesn’t prevent forms of corrosion. And once it wears away, there’s nothing to stop rust setting in.

This can pose a major problem for those in areas of high rainfall. So if you live in such a climate, you might need to seal or replace an aluminum gazebo on a regular basis.

Galvanized steel, however, is coated with a thin layer of zinc that stops water and oxygen from reaching the underlying metal. As such, it’s extremely resistant to rust and corrosion. On top of that, Backyard Discovery steel gazebos are powder coated to provide additional protection and extend their maximum lifespan.


steel gazebo minimal maintenance


Minimal Maintenance

In general, neither aluminum nor metal gazebos require much maintenance, making them very easy to care for. All you need to do is wash the frame and roof on a regular basis to remove debris and repaint your gazebo every few years to maintain corrosion resistance. That is, unless you’ve chosen a gazebo from Backyard Discovery.

We’ve designed our galvanized steel gazebos to be completely maintenance-free. That means you don’t need to power wash, re-stain, or reseal them at any point, no matter where, when, or how often you use it. And as well as offering superior rust resistance, our powder coating prevents chipping, scratching, and UV harm for total protection and convenience.


steel grill gazebo


Enjoy Your Backyard for Years to Come with a Steel Gazebo

When put side-by-side, it’s clear that a durable galvanized steel gazebo is a superior choice for those looking for quality, convenience, and longevity. And with ultra-powerful materials and super-resistant coating, you’ll only find the very best at Backyard Discovery.

Take our popular Rockport Steel Grill Gazebo as a prime example – a model specially designed for entertaining. Alongside space for a 70” grill, it features two 12” countertops for serving delicious food and drinks to your friends and family. The Rockport’s sleek seams and hidden joints give it a minimalist design that effortlessly complements any modern property, and the slanted roof prevents the dripping and pooling of rain. And if you’re after something a bit more spacious, the Rockport XL has just what you need.

Whichever model catches your eye, all Backyard Discovery gazebos are made using the best methods and material, and carry lengthy warranties to give you total confidence in your investment. So take a look through our range of top-quality gazebos today and start enjoying your backyard to the fullest.




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