Frequently Asked Questions
The Pacific or Atlantic Series are the hip roof (four side slopes) style gazebos that have skylights at the center of the roof. The Islander Series are the gable roof (two side slopes) style houses that have colored sheet metal roof. All Pacific, Atlantic and Islander series have similar wall, window and door systems. They are fully enclosed, freestanding and provide warmth and privacy.
Their difference between Islander and Pacific (or Atlantic) series is just in the roof. If you like traditional gazebo design, you may prefer the Pacific and Atlantic line. If you want higher roof line, you may favor the Islander series. Most people order our Pacific or Atlantic series gazebos because of the fancy hip roofs and big skylights.
The Hawaii Series are open air style. They have hip roof and sky domes too. But they are not fully enclosed. The lattice walls create an environment for retreat and peace. If you like open air and nature more, the Hawaii series could be your choice.
Our Garden series are good for garden retreats. They are the classical garden gazebos. Due to its octagonal shape, the Garden gazebo has limited space to fit a square sized spa. But it may be fit for a rounded small hot tub.
The bigger the better. However the bigger costs more. The rule of thumb is for fully enclosed gazebo you need a size that can fit your spa plus there is a walkway with width 24″ minimum. For example, if your spa is 7’x7′, you’d better choose a 10’x10′ spa enclosure. If you consider to have a area for change and other activities, the 10’x12′ is better. For lattice style, you can choose a size just fit your spa or a size large enough for party
Any structure is only as good as it has foundation. We suggest that the gazebo be installed on a wood deck or a poured cement pad. The key factor is how LEVEL the surface is. The footing cannot have a “crown” or high spot. The whole pad can be tilted several degrees for drainage, as long as the tilt is all in one plane. The smallest gazebo weighs about 1000 lbs. If there is going to be a spa inside, the weight is significant. So the foundation needs to be able to support these combined weights.
This depends upon the size of the gazebo. The most important measurement is the outside dimensions of the gazebo. This information can be found on each of the gazebo page under the specifications. Once you find your model size and the wall outside dimensions, simply add about 4″ ~ 12″ all the way around. This is the size for the foundation.
Yes. The roof design is quite strong and can be walked upon easily. But the roof or skylight cannot support high snow loads of a couple feet or more. Most people who live in high snow areas have to be aware of the dangers that high snow loads create. It is the customers responsibilities to judge if you are in the high snow load area and upon high snow winter to clean the snow off the roofs when it is required, and also to reinforce the roof structure of the gazebo with extra hardware or supports.
Our Pacific, Atlantic and Hawaii gazebos have hip roofs with skylights made with tinted 3mm acrylic glass or polycarbonate sheet. The skylight sizes are about 3’x3′ for 8’x8′ models, 3’x6′ for 8’x11′ models, 4’x4′ for 10’x10′ and 12’x12′ models, and 4’x6′ for 10’x12′ and 12’x14′ models. Our Islander gazebos have no roof skylight, but have gable windows to let up light in.
Similar to our house roofing, we apply wood truss and rafter system, plywood roof sheathing, tarpaper, mahogany ceiling and selected roof top materials to build the gazebo roofs. The roof top materials include cedar shingles, cedar solid wood and profiled steel metal sheets in colors of dark brown, green or blue.
All of them are good roofing materials. The benefits of cedar wood roofs are the warmth and match to the whole cedar gazebo. The cedar roofs are more expensive than a metal roof. The benefits of the metal roofs are greater durability and low maintenance. So it is depending on individual’s favorite and preferences.
Like any wood product, it does require a certain amount of regular maintenance. We recommend that in a good weather to stain the gazebo exterior as soon as possible with a quality semi-transparent stain of cedar tone (or favored color) in oil base or waterbase or apply with an oil based clear preservative coat. Once a year or two after, you can re-stain the gazebo. In areas with high U.V. concentrations (high altitudes), the stain with U.V. protection and sealing properties is better. The goal is to keep it protected from U.V. and water saturation, as these both will severely damage the wood grain over time.
To place your order for our western red cedar (WRC) gazebo:
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