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Any ideas on how to create solid roof for steel framed gazebo?

Have one of those $180 steel framed, 10 x 10, two tier roof, gazebos that every retailer seems to sell now a days. (kind of like the one in the picture) Its perm attached over our hot tub. Problem is, the nylon top keeps deteriorating and then shreds and has to be replaced. Any ideas on a good, cheap or maybe recycled material, roof that would be permanent? (WI=Snow in winter, has to be strong enough for an occassional storm) And how to attach it maybe? Looking for a few brainstormed ideas because all I can think of is boring PLYWOOD! *GRIN*

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BobK661 month ago

Have the same issue, cost of replacing the tops is far exceeding the gazebo valus. I have been looking at those colored roofing sheets like this www.ondura.com

LauraC1561 month ago

Did you ever receive a sufficient answer to your question and/or replace your top? I have to replace the canvas top every year as even the most durable one I've been able to find ($300 for a 10' x 12') is a stronger canvas but the tabs are still garbage and rip as soon as the monsoon winds start to blow (Phoenix). I'm tired of replacing it and have been trying to figure out a way to incorporate an aluminum or acrylic top. Problem is - I don't believe the structure can support the advise I've seen below. The frame for the gazebo top consist of 8 aluminium rods (for lack of a better word) appx 1-1/2' thick. I am at a complete loss as to how to get something to adhere to the frame and, even if I figure it out, won't be too heavy and buckle under the weight.

RebeccaM882 months ago

Have been considering this for awhile for our metal frame gazebo - have you considered polycarbonate roofing? It's used in porches and stand up well to snow if the pitch is sufficient. Tin roofing may also be an alternative. (Polycarbonate is sold at Lowes) . Our frame is bent so we may have to scrap it.

pyper8 years ago
Use some exterior ply and then cover that in whatever you like, you could even tile / shingle it.
kellyndiy (author) 8 years ago
Hmm halved aluminum cans, and a small spinning light ball hanging in the center would make for some interesting light patterns while sitting in the hottub! *laughing* I'll check out the hardboard on the way home tonight, thanks for the idea!!!!!!!!!
hardboard, it's like thin plywood or fibreboard but it's got a shiny side, it's quite flexible so the odd cross bar would help it sit up... I'd say a hardboard roof painted the right colour would be nice... You could go nuts and slate it... Or use aluminium cans to make a roof...