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4 Best Polycarbonate Roof Gazebos for Shaded Seating (2019)

4 Best Polycarbonate Roof Gazebos

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    Our experts spent around 16 hours in our workshop, assembling shortlisted polycarbonate gazebos. 

    Eventually, we found a gazebo with a polycarbonate roof that stands above our other picks in terms of value, community rating and how easy it was to assemble.

    Any one of these will make a great addition to your garden. They really look the part!

    Polycarbonate Gazebo Comparison

    Best Overall
    Palram Palermo Garden Gazebo for Robust Structure Year-Round Use, 300 x 300, 3000
    Avg. Customer Rating
    No. of Reviews
    17 Reviews
    Runcton Polycarbonate Square Gazebo Brown
    Avg. Customer Rating
    No. of Reviews
    3 Reviews
    Best Value
    Outsunny 3 x 3m Patio Aluminium Gazebo Canopy Marquee Party Tent Hardtop Roof Garden Shelter w/ Mesh & Side Walls
    Avg. Customer Rating
    No. of Reviews
    12 Reviews
    Polycarbonate Aluminium All Weather Permanent Gazebo 3x4M Bronze & Beige
    Avg. Customer Rating
    No. of Reviews
    4 Reviews

    Last update on 2019-11-18 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

    Let’s get started….

    What is a Polycarbonate Gazebo?

    We’re garden furniture experts, not scientists.

    Let’s all get on the same page with this term.

    Polycarbonate refers to the material that is used on the gazebo roof. Because it is UV resistant it is desirable for gazebos in order to protect your garden furniture from fading.

    Additionally, this material is perfect for a gazebo because of the following properties:

    Typically, polycarbonate is a clear plastic used to make shatterproof windows (for example greenhouses). 

    Let’s just say if a bird flies into your product, it won’t make a dent. Sorry mother nature!

    1. Palram Palermo Garden Gazebo 3x3m – Best Overall

    Palram Palermo Garden Gazebo for Robust Structure Year-Round Use, 300 x 300, 3000
    17 Reviews
    Palram Palermo Garden Gazebo for Robust Structure Year-Round Use, 300 x 300, 3000
    • Sturdy and durable aluminium profiles and galvanized steel connectors - anthracite powder coated finish resists corrosion and lends a refined touch to any garden environment
    • 6 mm twin-wall polycarbonate panels - offers plenty of shade on the lazy hazy days of summer, protects garden furniture from Harmful UV rays, hail and snow
    • Treated unique Bronze glazing - transmits natural sunlight on overcast cloudy days as well as creates sufficient shading for hot sunny days
    • Roof ventilation ornament - vents humidity and smoke. Can be used as a smoking shelter

    Last update on 2019-11-18 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

    Palram’s tagline is “add a touch of class and luxury to your garden” and that’s exactly what this beauty achieves. The model in question is a “3000 Square” but it is worth noting other styles and sizes are available.

    We really liked this one. Can you tell?

    But don’t take our word for it. The reviews speak for themselves, as of June 2019 it has 12 perfect reviews, averaging 4.9 out of 5 stars.

    Let’s work out why…

    Key Features

    • Durable aluminium and galvanized steel connectors
    • Corrosion resistant anthracite finish
    • Roof ventilation
    • Material: Powder coated aluminium frame, polycarbonate panels
    • Weight: 59kg
    • Dimensions: 295 x 295 x 276 cm
    PROs
    • Roof ventilation ornament (can be used as a smoking shelter)
    • Bronze glazing transmits natural sunlighton overcast days and creates shade from UV on sunny days
    CONs
    • No side curtains included (you have to buy separate)

    Conclusion

    This pretty piece of kit creates a very attractive shaded gathering area and is fantastic value for what it is. However, we felt like the curtains were missing (we got used to them!)

    Overall, this was a close 2nd best pick on our list and we hope the manufacturer keeps up the good track record.

    Let us know in the comments below if you purchased this one. We want to hear your feedback too.

    Professional Tip
    If you’re looking to buy a curtain set for your Palram Gazebo, here’s the matching set.

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    2. Outsunny Aluminium Polycarbonate Gazebo 3x3m – Best Value Pick

    Outsunny 3 x 3m Patio Aluminium Gazebo Canopy Marquee Party Tent Hardtop Roof Garden Shelter w/ Mesh & Side Walls
    12 Reviews
    Outsunny 3 x 3m Patio Aluminium Gazebo Canopy Marquee Party Tent Hardtop Roof Garden Shelter w/ Mesh & Side Walls
    • Solid aluminum supporting frame and top sun roof.
    • Polycarbonate panels top protects garden furniture from harmful UV Rays.
    • Complete with side panels, mosquito net for extra protection and comfort
    • Assembly required but all necessary hardware are included
    • Overall Dimension: 3L x 3W x 2.6H (m). Accessories: 8 x ground nails

    Last update on 2019-11-18 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

    Outsunny is dominating the poly-scene at the moment.

    It’s worth bearing in mind that they offer the same style in different sizes:

    • 2m hexagonal
    • 3.6m x 3.0m
    • 3.0m x 3.6m

    The proof is in the pudding for a product like this one. As of June 2019, it has been reviewed 10 times and has an average of 4.4 out of 5.

    Customers tend to be vouching for this one!

    Let’s explore why….

    Key Features

    • Complete with side panels and mosquito net for extra protection
    • Easily moved with the smooth sliding rails
    • Material: Aluminium frame, polycarbonate panels
    • Weight: 46kg
    • Dimensions: 300L x 300W x 260H cm
    PROs
    • Comes complete with UV treated side panels and net
    • Extremely solid feel and looks fantastic
    CONs
    • Difficult to construct (reported by other buyers). We found it was possible to assemble with 1 competent person.

    Conclusion

    All in all, with our team it took 1 person 5 hours to assemble (at a leisurely pace).

    We really liked this one because it has all you need from a poly gazebo. It looks smart and elegant, it is UV resistant and the panels will be easily cleaned. 

    Never let the weather dictate when you can have a BBQ again.

    Professional Tip
    Obviously assembly is required but all necessary hardware comes with the product including 8 ground nails.

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    3. Runcton Polycarbonate Square Gazebo Brown 3x3m – Best Newcomer

    Last update on 2019-11-18 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

    This one by Runcton is quite a unique style that we handpicked for this list. We wanted something a bit out of the ordinary. Oh and we were attracted by the good reviews so far, given that it’s relatively new.

    As of June 2019, it has been reviewed 2 times and has an average of 4 out of 5.

    Let’s dive deeper…

    Key Features

    • Extremely durable powder coated steel frame
    • Elegant, dark brown, polyester curtains
    • Material: Powder coated steel frame, polycarbonate panels
    • Weight: 42kg
    • Dimensions: 300D x 300L x 263H cm
    PROs
    • Perfect size and shape for a hot tub (any excuse to get a hot tub!)
    • Curtains stylish and great quality
    CONs
    • Some of our parts arrived slightly scuffed but manufacturer were quick to dispatch replacements.

    Conclusion

    This won’t be everyone’s cup of tea but we liked it. Once assembled it has a very elegant, high end finish and the panels are UV resistant allowing you to hide from the sun and protect your garden furniture.

    It’s a great newcomer and that’s why it made the cut. 

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    4. Glendale Aluminium Polycarbonate All Weather Gazebo 3x4m – Best Premium Pick

    Polycarbonate Aluminium All Weather Permanent Gazebo 3x4M Bronze & Beige
    4 Reviews
    Polycarbonate Aluminium All Weather Permanent Gazebo 3x4M Bronze & Beige
    • All weather Aluminium frame finished in stylish Bronze with large fixing plates including pre-drilled holes to anchor to the ground
    • Heavy duty Polyester curtains are UV stabilised to prevent fading, securely fastened to the frame by track not tabs for extra strength
    • Curtains include tie backs and reinforced zips for extra privacy/protection from the elements with separate fly nets
    • External Dimensions: 4m x 3m x 2.8m (h) Internal Dimensions: 3.6m x 2.6m
    • Supplied flat packed for simple home assembly

    Last update on 2019-11-18 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

    Glendale are one of our favourite brands when it comes to garden products like gazebos and awnings like this one.

    With over 30 years of manufacturing knowledge and experience, Glendale know what they’re doing with a poly gazebo.

    Let’s explore some of the key features…

    Key Features

    • Heavy duty polyester curtains are UV stabilised (prevents fading)
    • Easily moved with the smooth sliding rails
    • Material: Aluminium frame, polycarbonate panels
    • Weight: 46kg
    • Dimensions: 300 x 300 x 280 cm
    PROs
    • UV stabilised polyester curtains
    • Large fixing plates with pre-drilled holes for easy anchoring
    CONs
    • Could struggle to handle extremely windy conditions for a prolonged period

    Conclusion

    It was a breath of fresh air having the pre-drilled holes which made anchoring a lot easier. However, it took 1 person 6 hours to do this one because we got confused halfway. 

    Listen, we really liked this one, that's why it's on our list. It's an attractive addition to any garden. However, we're not sure this would last 5 years of solid windy conditions so depending on where you are based - protect it from the wind.

    Professional Tip
    We’ve read reviews of this gazebo not being able to withstand the elements (wind). Please make sure you follow our guide on how to strengthen your gazebo.

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    Wrap Up & Discussion

    We hope our guide has helped you make an informed purchase of a poly gazebo.

    Now we'd like to turn it over to you:

    What was your favorite gazebo from this guide?

    Or maybe you have an excellent piece of content that you think we should add.

    Either way, let us know by leaving a comment below right now.

    About the Author Jamie Irwin

    Jamie is the Editor of the Windproof Gazebos. He's been known to assemble gazebos (for good friends) just for the kudos and has a tendency to hurt himself while testing them out in the garden. He loves long walks on the beach with his best friend Thor and learning how to cook (badly).

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