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When to Choose a Universal Gazebo Canopy

Updated on January 14, 2013

When You Should Consider a Universal Gazebo Canopy

Gazebo canopies need replacing every few years due to damage from the elements and weathering from the sun. Manufacturer canopies are often expensive. So is it worth considering a universal gazebo canopy replacement?

Universal Canopy
Universal Canopy

Why go with a Generic Canopy?

A gazebo on your patio or lawn can yield a comfortable and welcoming space for friends and family to have fun beneath. The protection that it provides from the sunlight and light rain makes your outdoor area much more usable. These elements can take a toll on your gazebo's canopy, and you may find yourself searching for a replacement canopy every 2 to 3 years. It is frequently best to get a replacement canopy from the same company that manufactured your gazebo. Universal canopy replacements can supply some nice advantages though. The decision is often driven by price or accessibility.

You may have trouble finding the right replacement canopy, especially if your gazebo model has been discontinued. Many stores mostly market only the complete gazebo kits, and do not carry the replacement canopies by themselves. You can try to get in touch with the company that created your gazebo, and they will often sell replacement canopies directly to consumers. If the home owner does not recall the brand and model gazebo they own, then this may be difficult. Unless the home owner has the box or manuals that were included with the gazebo, then the model is normally not known. A universal replacement gazebo canopy is a good option in this situation.

Generic Gazebo Canopy
Generic Gazebo Canopy

Get the Look You Want While Saving Money!

The expense of a name brand canopy could be an additional deciding factor that pushes a buyer to a universal model. Name brand canopies marketed by manufacturers are usually more expensive than a canopy designed to fit a variety of gazebo models. An all-purpose canopy can be a cost effective option, considering that they generally need replacing because of weathering, fading, or tearing.

Off brand gazebo tops might not be perfect fits, but they can foot the bill. The general canopies may be slightly off of the manufacturer's specifications, but will normally fit well. The fit is often close, but not exact. Velcro tie downs will help to resolve issues with the fitting if this is a problem. The manufacturer generally employs a good quality material, and a general canopy top may be of lesser quality. Generic canopies are commonly available in usual sizes, so you may have trouble acquiring a replacement if you have an non-standard size. Universal canopies are often just manufactured in the more common sizes of 8'x8', 10'x10', and 12'x12'. will frequently recommend a universal gazebo canopy when cost or availability is an issue. The pros largely outweigh the cons, and a generic canopy can have you using your outdoor space in comfort again.

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    • TransplantedSoul profile image


      6 years ago

      Getting a good quality unit can save you money.

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      6 years ago

      I like the looks of a canopy gazebo.

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      We use a number of canopies and usually if one is going to fail, it does so right away.

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      Fay Favored 

      6 years ago from USA

      I don't have one, but would like to. Then I'll be able to answer your poll.


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