Steel vs Aluminum Gazebos

So you’ve made the decision to purchase a metal gazebo. Now the question is, which material should you go with? The two most common types of metal gazebos are steel and aluminum, and you may be torn on which one to choose.

You might read about aluminum being lighter, lasting longer or being more resistant to rust. Well…the first one is true, and that’s not necessarily a good thing. The other two, as you’ll see, are not what they seem.

We’re here to tell you that the choice really isn’t a choice at all. Steel, and in particular Backyard Discovery’s galvanized steel, is the premier metal gazebo option for both strength and durability.

Weatherproof Metal

  • WIND: Steel is a denser and heavier metal than aluminum, making it a more sturdy and secure option. In fact, steel is roughly 200% stronger than aluminum. Our heavy-duty galvanized steel gazebo frames are anchored to the ground by powder-coated anchoring plates and concrete screws, making them PRO-TECT™ Tested and Proven to withstand winds up to 100 mph. And yes, we’ve tested it. It’s true.

  • SNOW: Because aluminum roofs are lighter, they aren’t able to hold as much snow and are therefore more likely to bend, warp, or even collapse. Our steel gazebo roofs have the highest roof strength in the industry and can hold up to 50 pounds per square foot, which is the equivalent of 30 inches of snow. Yes, we’ve tested that too!


steel is stronger than aluminum

Gazebo Maintenance

  • RUST & CORROSION: Backyard Discovery gazebos are made to be rust and corrosion resistant. Galvanized steel is coated with a thin layer of zinc that stops water and oxygen from reaching the underlying metal. Because of this, 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 already long lifespan.
  • CLEANING: Aluminum gazebos require minimal cleaning. 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.

With Backyard Discovery’s galvanized steel gazebos, there is no maintenance needed. That means you don’t need to 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 gazebo maintenance

Industry-Leading 5-Year Warranty

  • You may read about manufacturers offering longer warranties for aluminum gazebos because they allegedly last longer. Well, at Backyard Discovery, we’re so confident in the durability and longevity of our galvanized steel gazebos that we offer an industry-leading five-year warranty on all models.

Choose a Steel Gazebo for Strength and Durability 

Our galvanized steel is the no-brainer choice if you want a metal gazebo that will last 10-15 years. It’s stronger and more durable than aluminum, giving it an advantage in all weather conditions. It’s powder-coated for corrosion resistance and designed to be completely maintenance-free, which means you never have to apply a sealant. And our industry-leading five-year warranty gives you peace of mind.

Have we sold you? If so, check out our popular galvanized steel gazebo options:


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