Polycarbonate gazebos: design ideas (70 photos)
There are lots of decisions on how to equip a recreation area near the house. You need something at the same time convenient, inexpensive, stylish and reliable. These are exactly the arbors made of polycarbonate, combining lightness and airiness with amazing durability. And they can be very effective, and to prove this, we share design ideas with you!
Advantages and disadvantages
Polycarbonate can surely be called the strongest of all transparent materials. It easily tolerates heat and frosts, sharp temperature fluctuations, is not afraid of moisture, does not burn and does not collapse at temperatures up to 160 degrees. Especially durable are honeycomb sheets that are suitable even for stationary buildings.
The material is not afraid of fungus, mold and parasites, which is important when building a gazebo. Shockproof characteristics are ten times higher than ordinary plastic and especially glass. If somehow managed to break the sheet, the fragments are not sharp and safe.
Polycarbonate is easily cut and fastened, you just need to insulate all ends with plugs. Thermowells are used for installation, which compensate for expansion when heated. The material can be bent and molded if you want a gazebo with a domed roof or curly elements.
Keep in mind that in a summer house made of solid polycarbonate it’s hot and stuffy in the summer, so do not forget about ventilation. Soundproofing during strong winds and rain also leaves much to be desired. The roof should withstand operational loads, but this is easily solved by buying more durable sheets.
Types of polycarbonate for gazebos
Cellular polycarbonate is stronger, lighter and cheaper, so it is well suited for the supporting and structural parts of the gazebo. It got its name for its characteristic cellular structure. Two- or three-layer sheets with a thickness of 0.8 cm last up to 50 years.
Monolithic externally indistinguishable from glass, but much stronger and lighter. It can be smooth or textured, so it is well suited for decorative elements. To make the material better tolerate loads, a thickness of at least 0.5 cm is needed, and this is already much more expensive.
DIY polycarbonate gazebo
In any case, you will have to combine polycarbonate with other materials for the frame. Metal is the fastest and easiest option, because it is strong, durable and unpretentious. We’ll tell you about him!
If you need a reliable stationary building with supports made of bricks or heavy wood - the foundation is necessary. For massive enclosed gazebos, a monolithic base is suitable, but for half-closed, a lightweight tape or column is enough.
If you want a gazebo with a stove or barbecue - the foundation for them is laid separately, with a layer of heat-resistant brick on top. Light arbors made of polycarbonate will cost only metal supports from pipes, without a foundation. They are not so durable, but they will fit for several seasons.
For the frame, metal pipes and corners are needed, and for the connection, a welding machine, and this is the only difficulty in the process. A light gazebo will do without a foundation - only on supports. To do this, drill a meter deepening with a diameter of about 10 cm.
Fill in the pillow of crushed stone with sand about 20 cm thick. Install supports vertically and check the level all the time. So that before the concrete hardens after pouring, the structure does not move, make spacers from the beam. All joints are strengthened by welded metal corners.
For cutting polycarbonate, choose tools with small teeth so that the sheet does not crumble and crack. If the walls are completely polycarbonate, take transparent sheets - they do not expand as much when heated. Perform installation work on a dry, windless day, because the material is very light.
First, collect the roof on the ground, and do not forget to treat it with an anti-corrosion primer. Pour the screed on the floor and then lay it on the boards or lay with tiles. Sheathe the gazebo with polycarbonate sheets last of all with the help of self-tapping screws with thermal washers. When drilling holes, step back 3-4 cm from the edge, and seal the joints with silicone.
Polycarbonate pavilions - photos and ideas
We have already talked about the main characteristics and advantages of polycarbonate for gazebos. And now we are sharing some interesting options that you can build from it.
Open polycarbonate gazebo
This is the lightest construction with no walls at all or with a minimal amount. Polycarbonate is needed for the construction of roofs from rain and weather. Therefore, choose sheets stronger and thicker, and best of all - with a protective coating against ultraviolet radiation.
Polycarbonate enclosed gazebo
This is a full-fledged closed "house" in which you can hide from the rain and wind. Experiment with color and textured sheets or combine polycarbonate with other materials. For example, with brick supports and decorative forged elements.
Unlike stationary structures that are installed on the site once and for all, mobile can be transported. And lightweight thin polycarbonate is best suited for the task. For the frame, use a metal profile, but instead of the dug supports, you need a support frame from the bottom.
Wooden frame gazebo
The combination of natural wood with modern polycarbonate is the perfect choice for contemporary eclectic styles. Such a gazebo is beautiful, environmentally friendly and will fit into any exterior or landscape composition. Just do not forget to care for the tree, saturate it with antiseptics and cover it with water-repellent varnish.
Polycarbonate gazebo with barbecue
The main thing here is to properly equip the area with barbecue or stove, and the arbor itself should be removed at least 5 m from the house and other buildings. We need a monolithic concrete foundation with a thickness of 40 cm and a refractory finish: stove brick, tile or stone.
This is the easiest option, for which it is enough to sheathe a straight frame with straight sheets. The canopies and arbors that are adjacent to the wall of the house are made according to the same principle. It is desirable that the angle is more than 15 degrees and water and snow do not accumulate on the surface.
Arbor with a sloping roof
Two-, four- and even six-slope roofs for arbors are made on the same principle. The main thing is to properly cut polycarbonate and process all joints well with silicone sealant. Technically, the process is not particularly complicated than installing a shed roof, but noticeably longer.
Arbor with arched roof
For such a roof, polycarbonate sheets need to be bent by an arch for fastening to the rafters. Honeycomb sheets are bent by the honeycombs down - so they are stronger, and moisture from condensation will not accumulate inside. A strong frame is required to attach polycarbonate around the perimeter, and wide sheets are also in the middle.
Arbor with a domed roof
At first glance, it seems that doing it yourself is almost impossible. In practice, it is possible to bend polycarbonate even without heating, but be sure to consider the minimum radius. It depends on the thickness of the sheet: for example, for 4 mm it is 700 mm, and for 25 mm it is already 5000 mm. Unlike cellular, monolithic sheets can be bent in both directions.