For many, the thought of a backyard gazebo takes us to a simpler time or a family picnic in the park. Even though a gazebo in the park is called a pavilion, our childhood mind didn’t know that.
A backyard gazebo with lattice work and climbing roses or vines is an alternative dining area for the summer. When it’s just too hot to eat another meal in the house, a covered gazebo is a perfect setting.
These stand-alone structures can house a barbecue grill, fire pit, or hot tub. A gazebo built by the pool is a beautiful retreat to dry off and apply sunscreen or tanning lotion.
But how much does a gazebo cost?
The average cost to install a gazebo is $6,500, and most spend between $3,000 and $9,000 on the project. The price of a gazebo varies based on the use of premium materials, larger sizes, added screens, custom designs, and professional installation.
What you will actually spend will depend on those factors as well as where you will build it. Labor charges vary dramatically from area to area, as does material and delivery.
Typical Materials for a Gazebo
Gazebos are often composed of wood, metal, vinyl, brick, or barn poles. Your choice of material will affect the total price of your project. Therefore, it is wise to consider the expenses before you make a final decision.
There are several varieties of wood you can use for a gazebo, such as cedar, redwood, pine, and many others. Expect to pay between $4,000 for pine or cedar on the low end, and on the higher end, $7,000 for redwood.
Be sure to use pressure treated wood or coated composites anywhere you will not paint or stain. Composites cost more, about $8 – $10 per square foot, but require virtually no maintenance.
Metals: Cast or Wrought Iron, Steel, Aluminum
Metal materials used to build a gazebo cost $2,500 – $8,000. Although you might pay more initially for wrought iron or steel, it will last a lot longer. Light aluminum is subject to severe weather conditions, so unless you live in a moderate climate area, choose a sturdier metal.
Vinyl’s allure is that it can be made to look like wood, metal, or brick at a reasonable price. You will pay between $4,500 – $8,000 for a vinyl gazebo. However, buyers beware in humid climates, it might require a frequent pressure wash to keep mold from growing.
Brick, Formed Concrete, or Block
You will pay an average $2,500 – $4,000 for brick, but formed concrete or blocks will be less. All are sturdy materials that retain heat and provide shelter from the weather.
Although most consider a barn pole structure a pavilion rather than a gazebo, it depends on the size built. Buying used barn poles, if you can find them, might be cheaper, around $5,000, but could cost as much as $15,000 – $20,000, depending on your plans and the cost of custom cuts.
Prefabricated Kits and Plans
There are many websites devoted to providing free downloadable gazebo plans. Often, the provider for the plans will provide a cost estimate for the materials for the structure.
You can also purchase a prefabricated gazebo kit, which still requires assembly but is much easier with detailed instructions and all the materials cut and prepared. Kits range in price from $2,500 to $10,000 depending on size, material, and quality.
Patio or Flooring
Most often, gazebos are designed to be installed on an existing patio or deck. If you need to install a patio or deck, consider the cost of that in addition to the gazebo. Most contractors can install the patio or deck at the same time as the gazebo.
These gazebos are very functional in areas that get infested with mosquitoes and other flying pests in the spring and summer. The screened-in porch, or gazebo in any style, makes an excellent addition to your home.
Family gatherings in your screened-in gazebo will be secure from all types of pests. However, it will allow a fresh breeze to flow through while stopping unwanted pests of all sorts from destroying your backyard dining.
Screen kits cost between $500 and $800, but the price will vary based on the size of the structure. Adding screens might be more difficult with some designs, so if you plan on adding screening confirm that your chosen design will allow adding screens.
Hiring Professionals or DIY
Professional installation of a gazebo usually costs $1,000 to $1,500. The cost of labor varies based on where you live, and the labor rates in your area. Labor could also be more for larger or more complex structures or less for a simple prefabricated kit.
With downloaded plans or custom drawings, the time, tools, and know-how, a gazebo can be a challenging but rewarding DIY project. If you have the time, talent, and inclination, you could install a custom gazebo or a prefabricated kit yourself to save on the project.
However, when you do not have the time, hiring a professional will mean an efficient structure that will stand the elements and time.
Get three to five estimates from professional contractors in your area.
Before finalizing your decision, check their statement of work, references, license, and insurance. Check with the building inspector’s office for a building permit, and the tax assessor, so there are no surprises.
You might be interested in learning more about the cost of adding a pergola as an alternative to a gazebo project.
All pricing information on this page is based on average industry costs, and is subject to variance for project-specific materials, labor rates, and requirements.