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Gazebos: Prices & Characteristics

By: Karine Dutemple

Gazebos: Prices & Characteristics

By: Karine Dutemple

Exterior renovationsGazebos: Prices & Characteristics

Both a place of rest and relaxation, the gazebo allows you to enjoy beautiful weather without fear of suffering the negative effects of too much sun. The gazebo offers shaded space that is difficult to do without, and this is why more and more homeowners are choosing to install it in their backyard. Are you also thinking about it? To learn more about this type of shelter, read on!

All about the gazebo

The different types of materials

While we may tend to believe that most gazebos are made of wood, be aware that the range of materials in which the gazebo can be created is quite large. Indeed, it’s possible to find polycarbonate, aluminum, wrought iron, stone, steel and even concrete! Obviously, the most popular option is wood, both for its charm as well as for its attractive price/quality ratio. Cedar and pine are the two types that attract buyers most often.

Gazebo shapes and designs

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If patios, balconies or solariums often come in more conventional forms, gazebos are distinguished from them by the originality of their design. On this point, know that the shape of your gazebo is limited by your imagination alone! There is something for everyone: circle, square, oval, hexagon, octagon, rectangle and even dodecagon.

The dome-shaped models are particularly interesting because of their aesthetic which recalls ornamental gazebos installed in many parks. The elaborate details of their architecture are definite assets that work in their favour. We should mention that these characteristics are features specific to Victorian models. The latter imitate this particular style of architecture by highlighting refined and delicate woodwork.

Pergolas, which embody a specific type of gazebo, have the distinction of having no floor. Their roof, for its part, consists of planks that sit parallel to each other. Pergolas are often criticized for their lack of opacity and protection from the sun, it should be noted that some opt for the installation of a canvas roof in order to remedy this shortcoming.

Types of gazebo roofs

Soft roofs

Gazebo roofs fall into two categories: rigid and flexible. Soft roofs are made of canvas and have the advantage of being available at a very affordable cost. For those who are tempted by this style of roof, you should bear in mind that it’s highly recommended to choose a fabric resistant to ultraviolet rays in order to avoid discoloration.

As this material is less resistant than those with rigid roofs, it is also possible that tears or punctures may occur. These will absolutely have to be repaired, otherwise, the space under your gazebo could accumulate rainwater. What is more, it must be said that the canvas roof is not very wind resistant. This is why it’s absolutely essential that the gazebo with a soft roof has an opening in the middle of the roof, specifically a vent. Otherwise, the shelter could fall as a result of the wind, especially if it’s strong.

Rigid or hard roofs

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If you choose a gazebo model with a hardtop, don't necessarily assume that you’ll get better protection. In this regard, we’ll emphasize that if you set your sights on a gazebo with a polycarbonate roof, it may not be able to withstand all the bad weather to which it'll be subjected. This is an issue since the repair of this material is complicated.

If you want your gazebo to have a roof for optimal protection, you should rather choose a gazebo equipped with a metal roof (which is often made of steel). The latter is, in fact, the strongest gazebo roof covering. Because of their greater waterproofness, they offer much greater protection than gazebos with flexible roofs. Regardless of the rigid material you choose for the roof, remember that it is recommended to remove the snow that collects on its surface to avoid breakage.

How much does a gazebo cost?

As far as prices are concerned, let's say these vary. For a traditional wooden model and 9 square feet in area, expect to pay between $1,800 and $3,000. For a polycarbonate gazebo, the prices will be between $2,520 and $4,320. If you have a generous budget, you may decide to have a custom gazebo built. which will cost between $6,000 and $13,200.

If you are thinking about purchasing a basic model, sold in a kit and folded out for transport, you may be able to find what you need for approximately $600.

Apart from the type of material involved in the construction of your gazebo, other factors can impact the cost of it. Effectively, you should expect to shell out an advance for a gazebo whose side openings are closed.

Not only will you have to pay more for the amount of material involved in the construction, but this increase in price will be due to the more substantial labour cost required for its installation. In addition, levelling work or pouring a concrete slab may be necessary to ensure that the structure is stable on the ground surface. To avoid overspending, make sure that these additional works are included in the price set in the bids obtained.

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Generally, it includes: Cleaning and disinfecting products, like chlorine; Water treatment products; And required items such as pipes, filters, and robotic pool cleaners. There’s a wide range of products, readily available at hardware and department stores. Prices range from $15 to $50. Before purchasing, check the volume of litres treated per container. Certain brands offer distinct starter kits tailored to above- or in-ground pools. Keep in mind that opening an in-ground pool generally requires a larger quantity of products compared to opening an above-ground pool. How to Start an Above-Ground Pool Source: Canva To open your above-ground pool properly, you'll need to follow a set of precise steps: Step 1: Start by cleaning it The initial step toward successfully opening your pool is cleaning. Twenty-four hours prior to opening your pool, start by removing any leaves or debris floating on the pool’s winter cover, then remove it. Take this opportunity to thoroughly clean and dry the pool cover before storing it until next winter. Clean the bottom of your pool with a pool brush or pole. You can also pour in a pool degreaser to facilitate the cleaning process. Step 2: Plug in the pool filter and other equipment This next step consists of plugging in your pool’s filter system. Before turning on the filter, make sure it’s correctly fitted. Also, verify that all other equipment (skimmers, nozzles, lighting, pumps and filters) is properly connected and in good condition. Make sure that all connections are firmly secured. Are you looking for experts for your landscaping project? Fill in our form to be connected with top-rated contractors! Step 3: Vacuum After plugging in all equipment and ensuring their proper functioning, set the pool filter to “Waste” and clean the bottom of the pool with a pool vacuum. Also, clean the filter’s skimmer basket to maximize debris extraction. For more effective cleaning, run the pool for about 5 hours. Step 4: Analyze pool water To prevent potential skin irritation or diseases, it’s best to analyze and treat the pool water. You can either take a sample of the water to a pool professional or use a DIY water test kit to monitor the water’s total alkalinity, pH, and calcium hardness. In the event of a problem, ask a specialist for the right products. And there you have it! Your pool should be good to go! Now you take that well-deserved first dip. What products should you use first to perform a pool shock treatment? A pool shock treatment is an essential step in purifying your pool's water. It effectively eliminates microbes and algae, restoring the water to a healthy and pristine state. Start by slightly increasing the water level compared to normal, while simultaneously pouring a degreaser straight into the water. Allow it to take effect for a minimum of 24 hours, meanwhile, you can clean the area surrounding your pool. Run the filter system and set it to "Waste" mode. Empty and refit the basket several times to remove any residual dirt. Increase the pool water level once again and backwash your pool. Use the products found in your starter kit and backwash your pool once more. We strongly recommend that you run your pump, uninterrupted, for at least 24 hours to have crystal-clear water. When Is the Right Time to Open an In-Ground Pool? Source: Canva The general recommendation is to open an in-ground pool after the ice melts, typically around mid-April. However, the specific timing may vary based on your geographical location. Note that algae growth typically occurs as the water’s temperature rises. CAA-Quebec recommends opening a pool prior to water temperatures reaching 21°C. Thus, it’s best to open it as soon as possible to mitigate algae growth. If the algae start lining your pool, it will render the cleaning process much more difficult. Moreover, this will help limit the amount of pollen vacuumed by the filter system. Another benefit of opening your pool sooner rather than later is that it'll allow you to look over its general condition and repair any equipment that may have been damaged during the winter months. You'll then be able to enjoy your pool, worry-free, all summer long. Pool Opening Tips Here are a few useful tips to successfully open your pool: If this is your first time opening your pool, it’s best to have the company that installed it perform the work. A pool professional will carry out a complete inspection to spot any potential anomalies before the warranty period expires. Regularly maintain your pool to ensure that it’s in tip-top shape throughout the summer months as it’ll ensure quality water and an extended service life. Remember to change the sand in your filter every 4 years.

6 min read 21 Apr 2023

Our Pro Tips to Successfully Design Your Pool Deck

Buying an above-ground pool means enjoying the best of what the summer season has to offer, and that, on a daily basis. Although such an installation has many advantages, it may seem challenging at first to set up and blend in with your current landscape. However, with a little planning and the right material selection, you can create a design that'll complement your overall décor. As such, your pool is sure to please all generations for years to come. The first step towards achieving this vision is to build the actual pool deck. A deck isn't only practical and safe, but it's also an extension of the house, just like patios, porches, and balconies. Here are some pro tips and ideas to make the most of it. Advantages of Wood When Designing a Pool Deck Source: Canva When it comes to choosing pool decking, the first thing to look for is a water-resistant surface. Other features to look for are durability and structural strength. Given its intended use, it's also critical that the materials are foot-friendly, non-slip, and won't overheat in the sun. Wood is an excellent material to build a swimming pool deck. It's by far the material that has the most balanced combination of aesthetics, comfort, durability, and manageability. It's natural and warm, fits in with all architectural styles, and has a unique landscaping appeal. Pressure-treated wood or essences that are humidity-resistant—choose a product that’s both rot-proof and adapted to outdoor use. Our personal favourite: teak since it has an exotic feel to it! How to Build an Above-Ground Pool Deck Source: Canva When building a pool deck, careful planning is a must. While a small platform with steps is all you really need to access a pool, designing a more elaborate, but most importantly, well-thought-out layout, will allow you to fully enjoy the pool, as well as the entire backyard. Beyond its utilitarian factor, think big, consider all possibilities, and then dive right in! Think outside the box! When thinking of an above-ground pool deck, one usually pictures a structure surrounding the whole of the pool or simply a section of it. Beyond that, it can feature different levels, it can bridge the gap between the pool and the house, have a seating area or flower boxes, etc. A pool deck is also a convenient excuse to alter backyard lighting and build a privacy screen, or a pergola where you can hang curtains or veils much like a resort. Take advantage of your new structural element to customize it! Are you looking for experts for your deck or balcony project? Fill in our form to be connected to top-rated contractors! Pool Deck Building Steps Here’s a step-by-step guide to building a standard deck that’ll surround the entirety of your above-ground pool so you can benefit from a beautiful outdoor living space. Plan your project Measure the pool’s diameter and determine the dimensions of the deck. If your deck also doubles as a backyard patio, you may need to fence off the pool to meet municipal and government safety standards. Make sure the deck has enough room to easily walk on it without fear of falling into the water. Keep in mind that your deck will come in handy when you're doing any sort of pool maintenance. Make sure you have enough room to get around! Inquire as to the current standards; Shop around for plans; Request a permit from your municipality; Choose the pool decking. Build the structure Drive stakes into the ground and run a string from one stake to the other to determine the deck’s exterior perimeter. Build the foundation and install the treated wood posts around the pool. These will serve as the deck’s frame. Use a level and a carpenter’s square to correctly position the posts. Inside the deck’s frame, fit joists hangers every 40 cm (16 in). Affix the treated wood joists perpendicularly to the hangers. Install the braces diagonally to connect the interior stakes to the exterior ones. Install the decking Install the decking while ensuring there’s about a 1 cm clearance between the decking and the pool to account for a possible expansion. With a spacer, make sure the boards are equally spaced out to allow the water the drain and the wood to expand. With a circular saw, cut the end of any too-long boards to even them out. Build the steps and guardrails Install guardrails according to construction standards. Build the steps. You can use prefabricated stringers, which are sold in hardware stores. Make sure they’re positioned on the cinder blocks. That way, they’ll be protected against the moisture from the ground and won’t rot prematurely. For safety reasons, the steps leading to the deck must be equipped with a door and locking mechanism. For more information regarding a swimming pool installation, click here. Our Top Ideas for Extra Privacy on Your Pool Deck Source: Canva And there you have it! You can now really enjoy your pool! Are you already picturing yourself sunbathing on your deck? Even if you love your neighbours, it’s highly likely that you’d rather enjoy your backyard in total privacy. If the case may be, here are a few simple ideas that’ll allow you to fully (and in a mere instant) benefit from your outdoor space. Build a Fence or Privacy Screen These installations prevent onlookers from peering into your backyard and allow you to enjoy this oasis in complete peace and tranquillity. Planks, trellises, or even louver fences are great options. They can easily match the décor or be draped with climbing plants for a trendy green wall effect. Various types of vines grow quickly, but for floral options, try climbing hydrangeas, clematis, honeysuckles, or climbing roses. Pro tip: Install a fence yourself in no time with HOFT products. This brand of beautiful fences comes with a variety of accessories like planters, hooks, and shelves. We also really like Barrette Outdoor Living fences that combine metal posts with wood panels for a sleek look. Set Up a Pergola Source: Canva The pergola is a type of structure that can be customized in an infinite number of ways. You can give it a modern look with right angles and a black tint. Or, if you prefer a romantic flair, it can be painted white and decorated with beautifully shaped ends. As an added bonus, the structure can easily be used for climbing plants, hanging curtains, or wispy veils that'll catch in the slightest breeze. Most professionals offer their services when it comes to building your dream structure at home. Hardware stores and department stores also carry different pergola models. Pro tip: Toja Grid modular DIY pergola kits allow you to build the perfect triangular structure for your pool deck! Use Prefabricated Screen Panels Not looking to build anything? Hardware stores and garden centres sell great-looking prefabricated screen sections that are easy to install. Available in different materials and offered in various styles and colours, there's something for all tastes and budgets. For an exclusive product, use a province-based artisan or manufacturer. Prefabricated screen sections are an easy solution. They can be used as a one-off, two-piece unit, or at will.

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