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Outdoor Gazebo vs. Umbrella: Which Is Better?

Outdoor Gazebo vs. Umbrella: Which Is Better?
On a hot summer’s day, finding a shady place to sit back and relax can be the most peaceful, revitalizing feeling. If you have a garden or patio space, the right shade solution can make warm days outside so much more enjoyable. The challenge is choosing the right option. In this blog, we will speak about two great options: patio umbrellas and gazebos A gazebo is a structure that can be found in a yard or attached to a home and may also have temporary walls that provide additional protection. Some gazebos may have a canopy that opens and closes or even one that allows plants to grow around its beams for natural shade. Outdoor umbrellas provide protection from the sun and rain and come in various sizes, materials, and colors. They are also available in different shapes and designs. For example, you can get standard, center-pole umbrellas or cantilever umbrellas, which have poles that allow the canopy to hang over the area you are covering.  When it comes to gazebos vs. patio umbrellas, each option has its own list of pros and cons. So, we have narrowed down a few important considerations to help you make an informed decision on which one you should choose. 

Fixed vs. Mobile

If you are looking for portability, an umbrella is an obvious choice. It can be moved to where you need sun protection most at any point in time, whereas gazebos are usually fixed structures. Another benefit of patio umbrellas being portable is that if you regularly rearrange your outdoor areas to keep things fresh, you can move the umbrella to where you need it.


Fixed vs. Mobile Affordability is an important consideration when you are comparing shade options. You need to take into account what you can afford to spend, but also what will give you the best value.  Outdoor umbrellas are cheaper than gazebos and can be really versatile, but gazebos have their own benefits. They can be customized to suit any size of outdoor setting, so they can provide more shade than an umbrella would, they stand the test of time, some gazebos have roofs that can open or close at the touch of a button, and you even have the option of adding shade blinds on the side which can be pulled down to give you more privacy. 

Maintenance and Installation

Affordability A patio umbrella is a great option for quickly setting up outdoor living spaces. There are many styles to choose from, each with different features based on your needs. They can be easily installed without professional help, and they are easy to maintain.  Gazebos need to be built and typically require professional installation. It is possible to assemble them yourself, but it is best to get someone who knows how to assemble them and erect them properly. It is also important that your installer understands any building permit requirements that may be involved when installing a gazebo on your property. Poggesi is the market leader when it comes to exterior shading devices for shading in a residential or commercial setting. We can help you choose the right shade structure for your needs, whether it be one of our Italian-crafted umbrellas or one of our modern, technologically-advanced gazebo options. Get in touch with us today to find out how we can help you.