Below we have tried to give some information and answer some frequently asked questions on the materials that are used in our wooden garden gazebos.
The Timber Frame:
Many manufacturers use ordinary standard industry solid timber for their framework on their gazebos. After using traditional wood for many years, the manufacturer we use to manufacture our Tuscany gazebo has found and is now using a new form of timber for the construction of the framework.
This new form of timber uses Glulam structural timber which is better known as "engineered timber". This is a stress rated engineered wood product which comprise of wood laminations that are bonded together under high pressure and heat, while using a strong waterproof adhesive. Our manufacturer uses a 3 piece laminate timber which gives a stronger, aesthetically pleasing and more stable finished product, therefore eliminating splits and cracks which are found in normal standard timber.
What type of timber is used in your gazebos and where does it comes from?
The timber frame construction that is used in our Tuscany, Provence and Andalucia luxury gazebos, is a European Redwood (Pinus Sylvestris) which is imported from Sweden.
Is the timber used from an environmentally responsible company?
All the timber used is FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified - a guarantee that it comes from sustainable managed forests.
Does the timber need to be treated?
No the timber does not need to be treated as it has already been pressure treated to give protection from decay and infestation and has an expected life of up to 30 years.
Is the timber treatment used environmentally safe?
Yes it is. The timber used in our Tuscany, Provence and Andalucia garden gazebos is treated with a product that has been widely used across Europe over the last 10 years called Osmose Naturewood
. This product complies with all relevant British and European Standards (including BS8417). No the timber does not need to be re treatment.
Will the appearance of the timber change over time?Yes it will - All timber has a natural variation in colour, which after going through the preservative treatment process can be exaggerated. This appearance will vary from a light green tinge to a natural honey brown colour, which after long term exposure to the sun will eventually fade to a driftwood grey.
Can I paint or stain the timber framework? Yes you can, any good brand name can be applied to the timber. Just follow the instructions that are supplied.
What material do you use for the canopy?The PVC membrane that is used has been designed for the commercial tent and marquee trade and is a tensile fabric structure which offers a translucent finish to your gazebo. Because the fabric is lightweight, it uses tension to create the three dimensional form which makes it possible to create exciting and striking canopies. The canopy material is manufactured by one of the world's largest producers of tensile fabric in Germany by a company called Verseidag and it is then fabricated in the UK to size to fit the gazebo.
Is the fabric used waterproof?The fabric is not only 100% weatherproof and 100% waterproof but it also gives protection from the UV rays given off by the sun.
What temperature range can the canopy cope with?The canopies in the Tuscany, Provence and Andalucia gazebo range, have been designed to be used in a tough environments and will therefore will work and be good between -30°c to +70°c temperature range.
How long should the canopy last for?The fabricator that makes these canopies has been supplying canopies for over 10 years without a failure. The life expectancy of the canopy if look after properly and not mis-used, can be up to 20 years and because of its reputation of being a strong and superb fabric, the canopy comes with a 5 year guarantee.
Does the white canopy allow much light through?One of the unique features of this fabric is that it is a translucent canopy. This allows a soft light and ultimately gives users ultra violet protection from the sun.
Does the canopy need much cleaning and how easy is it to clean?Because of its smooth surface unlike a canvas material, when it rains the fabric is virtually self cleaning. However, one thing we strongly recommend is that you remove any bird droppings from the canopy as soon as possible, as bird droppings have some sort of acid and corrosive properties in them.
To easily clean your canopy, use a mix of a very dilute mild detergent and thoroughly rinse off. If you need to clean your canopy you can do this a few times a year, but do not use any abrasives, solvents or a power washer.
Can the canopy be removed and stored during the winter?The canopy of your gazebo has been designed to stay out all year round without any problems, but if you want to remove the canopy this can easily done by undoing the fastening bolts and releasing the canopy, a simple five-minute job.
When you are ready to use again putting the canopy back is just as easy and simple. Just reverse the process for taking the canopy off.
Is the gazebo canopy fireproof and safe for cooking under?Providing you take sensible precautions when cooking, then yes it is safe to cook under the canopy. The PVC material used in the making of the canopy has passed all the relevant fire safety requirements for Europe and the UK.
The metalwork used in our range of wooden gazebos is made from Stainless Steel which means that it will not rust. However, under some conditions there is a chance that it might tarnish, but don't worry as this can easily be removed using a stiff nylon brush with some detergent.
Alternatively there is a very neat and good protective coating that you can apply to your Stainless Steel fittings to help the appearance before assembling your gazebo, and is well worth looking at and considering, although not necessary.
You can take a look here at what you can expect Bromoco Protective Coating for Stainless Steel
The PVC/PES lacquered fabric that has been used in our wooden gazebos has been especially selected for use as it has many advantages including being waterproof and offering 100% UV Protection amongst others, making it a fantastic wooden gazebo that has been designed for permanent outdoor use.
* 3m x 3m Luxury Wooden Gazebo
* Designed in the UK
* A Tensile fabric canopy mounted over a timber gazebo
* 100% UV Protection
* Timber gazebo made from pressure treated engineered timber
* Supplied with standard white fabric
* Supplied with ground mountings
* Simple self assembly, supplied with full fitting instructions
Why not put the finishing touches to your wooden garden gazebos as you have the chance to customise it with a choice of Accessories which include Side Panels, or some Spotlights and a really good Heat Light Heater.
Dimms & Spec
A fantastic and great value for money Tensile canopy mounted on a timber frame.
There are 2 sizes available in the Tuscany Gazebo: Width x Depth x Height
Model no: Tuscany 3200 (T3200): 3.0m x 3.0m x 2.0m - at the edge of the gazebo (2.8m in the centre)
Model no: Tuscany 3240 (T3240): 3.0m x 3.0m x 2.4m - at the edge of the gazebo (3.2m in the centre)
Here we have to tried to answer some of the general questions about our luxury wooden gazebos that we have been asked over the years. Hopefully we have managed to cover your questions but if we haven't - then simply just give us a call on 01344 750788 and we will be happy to help.
Do I need Planning Permission for a Wooden Gazebo?
As a gazebo is looked upon as being similar to a garden shed or greenhouse, planning permission is not normally required in most circumstances. However, if you are unsure it is always best to speak and check with your local planning office.
How easy is it to install one of your gazebos
In short - very easy, even for someone of average DIY Skills. All our gazebos in this range come complete with easy to follow instructions, all required fixings and the timber which comes pre drilled holes making it so easy to install.
How long will it take to install our gazebo?
As mentioned above, because the gazebo comes with the timber comes pre drilled and with easy to follow and simple instructions, installation of the Tuscany and Provence gazebo can be completed by 2 people in about 4 to 5 hours. Our larger gazebo, the Andalucia, will take 2 people approx 6 to 7 hours.
Do we need to fix our gazebo to the ground?
So that you can make your gazebo secure, we include also include and supply with your new gazebo some special bolts which allow for you to attach the legs to your chosen base fitting.
Can we move our gazebo around in the garden or take it with us if we move?
All of our wooden garden gazebos have been designed so that they can be dismantled, moved and reinstalled very easily. So if you do happen to move house somewhere along the line, you can take you gazebo with you to enjoy.
We live in an open area. Will our gazebo be safe in high winds?
When designing the gazebos, much thought was put into the safety of the product including thoughts on the weather. So with that in mind, our gazebos have been designed with a style that allows wind to travel freely through the gazebo. Believe it or not, our gazebos have been built and tested to stand winds of up-to 90 miles per hour.
In order to help if you are worried about the wind causing problems, both the canopy and side panels (if fitted) can be easily removed to help stability of your gazebo.
In recent years we have had a lot more snow and heavier falls. Will this be a problem?
No it really shouldn't be a problem. As the fabric is extremely strong and versatile, the fabric when stretched and tighten becomes very smooth and therefore combined with the design of the gazebo the snow will simply slide off the canopy.
If for some reason there is an extremely heavy snowfall and snow does not fall off the canopy, don't worry as the fabric used in the canopy is made to withstand this sort of weight and this should not cause any problems. Just allow too thaw naturally.
Can you tell me the best way to keep our gazebo looking good?
There are a couple of simple things that you can do to help maintain keeping you gazebo looking good. The first is to remove any bird droppings as soon as possible. Unfortunately unless bird droppings are removed quickly, then you might notice some slight aesthetic damage to the fabric.
The other thing you can do to help is to wash the fabric a couple of times a year using a soft cloth and a mild diluted detergent wash.
Is there any other maintenance that we should do?
There is not really a lot of maintenance needed for our gazebos other than to check the tightness of the nuts (for the canopy) once or twice a year and to regularly check and clear any drain holes that are in each rafter.
Other than that - that is all you need to do to enjoy many years of continued happy use of your gazebo.
Is there a guarantee with the gazebo?
Our manufacturer only sources and uses the highest quality parts for our gazebos and because of this we are we are more than confident and happy to sell all our gazebos complete with a 5 Year Guarantee.
You can buy one of our gazebos with complete peace of mind knowing that what you are buying is going to give you many years of excellent service.
Whilst very effort will be made to manufacture and deliver your wooden garden gazebo as quickly as possible, please allow between 3 - 4 weeks for delivery.
Please note that this time frame will vary during the course of the year depending on which season you order in. During the High Season (April, May,June, July and August) which are our busiest months please allow between 6 - 8 weeks for delivery although every effort will of course be made to deliver sooner.
You will be advised of a more accurate delivery time once your order has been placed.
As this is a large item to deliver, cost of delivery is an extra which is dependant on where you live. Please see the list below for delivery costs.
Mainland UK & Wales - Included in Price
Scottish Islands - Please Call
Channel Islands - Please Call
IOW / IOM - Please Call
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