Whether you built your gazebo to expand your living area, as a poolside alcove where you can dine and socialize with friends, or as a cozy nook where you can kick back and relax with a good book and a tall glass of iced tea, adding a gazebo screen offers some surprising benefits.
Gazebo screens—not to be confused with curtains or netting—are permanently-installed screens made of durable, high-grade materials. They range from partially private to perfectly private, from unadorned mesh to printed vinyl. The choice you make depends entirely on what you want to achieve and what you can imagine. Let’s take a look at a few of your options and the benefits each one offers.
Believe it or not, adding a gazebo screen to your gazebo is an easy, relatively inexpensive way to increase property value. The reasons for this are many and varied, including increased privacy, enhanced appearance/enjoyment, and expanded usability.
Forget swatting mosquitoes, batting at no-see-ums, or brushing pesky flies off your cherry pie. Keeping bugs out while you’re in is a universal gazebo screen perk. And given the fact that mosquitoes have graduated from simple pest to serious health risk, this particular bonus can’t be underestimated.
Most folks would agree it’s tough to completely relax and thoroughly enjoy your gazebo when the neighbors are watching. Gazebo screens banish that life-in-a-goldfish-bowl feeling by providing more privacy, because while you can see out, nobody can see in. You can even kick up the privacy quotient with a printed screen, changing the view from your side. Instead of staring at the house next door, for example, you can customize your screen so that you’re looking at a woodland stream or tropical beach. In other words, you can transform your simple backyard getaway into a veritable oasis.
Comfort and usability
A private, pest-free gazebo is already more comfortable than a gazebo that’s neither of those things. But the comfort afforded by a gazebo screen extends beyond those factors to the elements themselves. How much sun, rain, wind, sleet, and snow you block out depends on the type of screen you choose.
- While they allow 75 percent more privacy than standard screens, partially private screens constructed of porous black mesh with white backing do allow some light and air to flow through. But the amount of air flow is cut to about 37 percent, making your gazebo more comfortable on cooler or windy days.
- Perfectly private gazebo screens, on the other hand, are fabricated of nonporous vinyl with a black back. They provide absolute privacy and block out 100 percent of UV rays and airflow. Meaning what? Meaning you can enjoy your gazebo in greater comfort all year round.
Whether printed with the design of your choice or constructed of plain black mesh, gazebo screens are made to last. Black mesh screens are made of lock-stitched netting five times the weight of normal screens, then “solution dyed,” so the color goes right to the core. That means these screens won’t fade or lose their UV inhibitors, because they’re impregnated throughout.
The process used to print images on screens forms molecular bonds between ink and canvas, which is then laminated with an additional coat of UV protectant to prevent peeling and maximize the image’s lifespan.
Generally speaking, gazebo screens last anywhere from seven to ten years.
These are a few of attractive benefits gazebo screens have to offer. If you’re leaning toward taking advantage of them, you may be wondering about DYI installation. It’s possible, on some models, but it has to be said: The gazebo screens offering the best features and greatest benefits are those installed by professionals. So it pays to give careful thought to quality and exactly what you want your screen to do for you before you try to do it yourself.