The Best Fabric for Outdoor Gazebos

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Gazebos help to block harmful UV rays from the sun.

Spending time with your family under a gazebo is one way to enjoy the sunshine without getting a sunburn. The material used to cover your gazebo has a lot to do with how much sun and wind are able to affect your time outdoors. There are many gazebo cover fabrics to choose from, so it is important to find a durable material that will be able to last under heavy weather conditions.


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Canvas is a roofing material that will provide many benefits to homeowners with a gazebo on their property. Those who choose a gazebo with a canvas top will benefit from its ability to block out heat and light coming from the sun. Canvas canopies are designed to give and stretch, so they will not tear under most conditions. This material is very thick and water resistant, which adds to its longevity and durability.


Purchasing a gazebo with vinyl roofing will bring added comfort to those who spend time lounging under the sun. This material is water resistant and is also designed to block UV rays from the sun. Using a vinyl top for your gazebo will also benefit those who are looking for a long term cover that will not need much maintenance.


Coolaroo Fabric

Coolaroo is a popular gazebo fabric that was developed in Australia over 50 years ago. This material can be used for a wide variety of outdoor applications and works as a way to efficiently block out up to 70 percent of the sun's harmful UV rays. Coolaroo material is easily cleaned by rinsing it off with soapy water. Coolaroo also comes with a ten year warranty.

Acrylic Fabric

Acrylic fabric is a material that is used to cover gazebos because it comes with many color options to match the decor of other outdoor furnishings. This versatile material is water resistant and easily cleaned by using a brush and water to wash it down. Acrylic fabric is sturdy enough that some manufacturers offer a 10-year warranty with gazebos covered with this material.


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Frank Stalla

Frank Stalla, a Los Angeles native, has been writing professionally since 2002. His articles have been published at various online websites, covering travel, business, marketing, TV, film and economics. Stalla received a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of California, Riverside.