The Best Pop Up Gazebo For Outdoor Use
There are many types and varieties of pop up gazebo that are used for outdoor use. I’ll give you a quick run-down of the three main categories of pop up gazebos and then give advice on which is the best pop up gazebo for outdoor use.
Many gazebos turn out to be “one use” gazebos that are broken or damaged in the process of putting them up, moving them to their location or forcing bars to go together that don’t match. While this type of pop up gazebo may be suitable for some people out there, they are generally a poorly designed gazebo that will break after a few uses and don’t serve a great list of purposes.
The next block of gazebos tends to be a “domestic grade” (I’ll come back to why these grades mean absolutely nothing) gazebo which is for light outdoor use in not to heavy conditions. These are priced slightly higher than the previous gazebos but do a better, better not good, job of popping up themselves. They will have plastic joints and this weak steel or this aluminium structure. The main thing to remember about this type of gazebo is the plastic joints. Plastic joints cannot withstand much wind pressure and will snap, leaving the gazebo useless. Thin aluminium bars and legs will also be much easier to bend than thicker aluminium and those made from steel will rust if left out in the typical British weather.
The top grade is where Poptents specialise. This is a much heavier pop up gazebo with thicker aluminium and metal joints throughout. The significance of metal joints cannot be over emphasised here. This is because when the wind is pushing up against the structure of the tent it is the joints of the frame that are being strained, not the legs! If you are standing and moving all day I bet it’s your back that will get sore long before your legs ache! This is why it is important to have metal joints in your pop up gazebo to make it as strong as possible to withstand the British weather. Whilst the strength of the legs is key in lower end models (the pole type) it is not a problem when you get to the heavier models. The difference in a 40mm square reinforced leg is just as strong, and more, as 50p shaped legs with thinner aluminium walls.
The best gazebo to use outdoors is the third category, where Poptents has situated itself and specialised. This is because our tents are built with outdoor use in mind. From very little use in the back garden to heavy use at events and exhibitions year round Poptents heavy duty pop up gazebos are designed to withstand wind pressures and conditions enabling them to be used for many years. Durability is also a big factor as to why our customers choose us. Poptents has customers who continue to use their pop up gazebos ten years on after purchasing. Compare this to the tents that can be replaced every 6 months to 1 year and the initial investment in a Poptent is evidently a smart one. What makes Poptents so well suited to outdoor use is the reinforced aluminium legs and roof bars and the metal joints throughout the entire structure.
De-bunking the domestic, commercial, industrial and pro grades.
If you have looked into purchasing a tent there is no doubt you have seen one or all of the above terms calling a pop up gazebo domestic grade, commercial gazebos, industrial gazebos or pro40 etc. All these grading terms do is allow the seller to differentiate their different types of frame. An industrial strength frame from one company may be a commercial from a different company- making the term completely useless to those looking for one. The best way to compare gazebos is by their specification; what they are made from. What you want to be looking for in the construction is: aluminium, which won’t rust; 40mm legs; metal joints throughout the structure. These are the crucial elements that make a pop up gazebo suitable for outdoor use. Waterproofing is also a must but most suppliers will have this as standard with this specification.
If you are looking for a gazebo recommendation for a particular purpose or which will be subject to harsh weather conditions, give us a call or drop us an email and we will advise you on which is most suitable.