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Garden pavilion made of wood or metal? - All advantages and disadvantages


Garden pavilions are made of wood and metal. But what speaks for and against the materials - a decision aid.

The most common variant: wooden pavilion

Are you considering adding a pavilion to your garden? Then you should think about the design and the material before buying or building. The wooden gazebo is common, but a metal garden house is also possible.

The garden pavilion should not only be an eye-catcher, but above all serve as a cozy seat. On hot days it protects against strong sunlight, in the evening when it gets cooler, it offers a windless place.

In addition to the material, there is always the question of whether the pavilion should remain open or whether it should have side walls. Personal taste plays a crucial role here.

Wooden gazebo

If you look at a pavilion, it is made of wood in almost all cases. A garden pavilion made of solid wood or logs takes on a wide variety of shapes and can be proud of a centuries-long success story.

Since there are arbors, pergolas and pavilions in public and private gardens, they have been made of wood. Alternatives such as metal and later plastic, on the other hand, are rather modern and still rather rare. Wooden pavilions fit into any garden and can be wonderfully adapted to the rest of the garden design, as well as to the house and its architectural style.

Advantages of wooden pavilions
»Noble, sophisticated, elegant look
»Gives a feeling of security and homeliness
»Stable and robust
»Can be insulated (for example with bitumen for thermal insulation)
»Goes well with all roof shapes and roof materials
»Large selection of wood types
»Can be used as a garden shed and as a tool shed
 

Basically, the wooden pavilion seems to be an all-rounder and fits almost every purpose and taste. A wide variety of woods - hardwood rather than softwood (here is an overview) - are ideal for building a garden pavilion. Are popular a. Thermowood and Douglas fir. However, one should not forget that wood is a natural material that needs to be looked after in order to be immune to wind and weather.

Disadvantages of wooden pavilions
»Intensive care
»Not very durable
»Sensitive to weather
»Somewhat expensive depending on the type of wood
»Do not fit so well in a modern or functional environment
 

Wood maintenance in particular may be a reason to decide against the wooden pavilion. It is necessary to impregnate the surface or treat it with wood oil and glaze or varnish (results of the best wood oils from Ökotest magazine) so that it is not delivered without protection from UV rays, rain, snow, hail, dust and parasites. This treatment is due at least once a year. If you neglect the wood care, the weather will add to the material. The result is that you can only enjoy the garden pavilion for a few years because, for example, putrefaction, moss or deformation affects the building. However, you should be aware that most kits are equipped with hard, hard-wearing and specially treated wood, so that the maintenance effort is reduced.

Metal pavilion

A wooden pavilion is not necessarily for everyone. If you like it more modern and innovative and are looking for as little effort as possible, you are well served with a metal pavilion.

Aluminum or sheet steel is generally used, with a wide variety of colors and surface treatments to choose from and can be combined with a metal roof.

Advantages of metal garden pavilions
»Easy care
»Weatherproof
»Well suited as a tool shed or bicycle garage
»Durable
»Cheaper
»Many different sizes
 

The coated surface makes the metal pavilions tough. You don't have to worry about problems like corrosion. Powder-coated, hot-dip galvanized pavilions offer additional protection and a high level of security. If you pay less attention to appearance and more functionality, you will get your money's worth with a metal pavilion. It does not involve any effort and is easy to clean and can be used for many years. Most metal pavilions are closed, whereas wooden pavilions are often half-open or open.

Disadvantages of metal garden pavilions
»Sometimes not very decorative
»Simple and cool
»Almost always windowless
 

If it is to be a smaller structure used as a garden tool shed, then these aspects are gladly accepted or they do not play a role. A large selection of garden pavilions and further information can be obtained from Gartenhaus GmbH. Here you can get free advice from experts on choosing a suitable pavilion.