Gazebos are a great addition to any outdoor living space. Expect to pay about $5,365 to $9,025 for a gazebo. The average price of a gazebo is $7,590, but some high-end models with all the bells and whistles can cost as much as $27,000. You can save big by building your own for as little as $325.
This gazebo cost guide covers the following:
- Average costs
- Cost estimator by size
- Other factors that affect cost
- Related services
- Pro cost vs. DIY cost
- Cost by location
Average gazebo costs in 2023
|National average cost||$7,590|
|Typical price range||$5,365 – $9,025|
|Extreme low end cost||$325|
|Extreme high end cost||$27,000|
If you’re looking for a bargain, try choosing a gazebo with the following design options:
- Brick, aluminum, or pressure-treated pine building material
- Simple shape
- Small size
- DIY or Prefab
Gazebo cost estimator by size
A typical gazebo costs $70 to $100 per square foot. Please see estimated prices by size in the table below.
|Gazebo size||Typical price range|
|64 sq. ft.||$4,480 – $6,400|
|100 sq. ft.||$7,000 – $10,000|
|144 sq. ft.||$10,080 – $14,400|
Other factors that affect cost
Size isn’t the only thing that matters when pricing a gazebo. The total cost of a gazebo is also influenced by the following:
The material used to build a gazebo affects the gazebo’s price. The cheapest gazebos are made of brick or aluminum. Vinyl, steel, and cast iron gazebos are the most expensive.
|Brick||$2,100 – $3,600|
|Metal||$2,900 – $8,300|
|Wood||$4,100 – $6,900|
|Vinyl||$4,100 – $7,600|
Brick gazebos are the most affordable option, typically costing $2,100 to $3,600. They are excellent for cold climates because they retain heat well.
✔ Retain heat
✔ Low maintenance
|✗ Break in earthquakes|
Most metal gazebos cost $2,900 to $8,300. Aluminum and wrought iron are the cheapest metals, and steel is the most expensive.
|✔ Long lifespan|
✔ Looks great with modern landscapes
|✗ Not as customizable|
✗ Not good for rustic landscapes
✗ Some metals rust
There are three popular types of metal used to construct gazebos:
- Aluminum: An Aluminum gazebo typically costs $4,500 to $6,000. Because it is lightweight and easy to work with, you will save on labor costs. However, aluminum does not hold up well in extreme weather.
- Iron: Expect to pay about $3,000 to $8,500 for an iron gazebo. Wrought iron gazebos are cheaper than cast iron models, but cast iron is more durable and requires less maintenance. Iron is prone to rust, so an anti-rust coating is essential.
- Steel: Steel gazebos typically cost $7,000 to $9,000. This pricey metal is very sturdy and can withstand extreme weather. Ensure the steel is covered with an anti-rust coating to prevent rust and corrosion.
Most wooden gazebos cost $4,100 to $6,900. Pine and bamboo are the most affordable options, while tropical wood and cedar are the most expensive. Pricier woods tend to hold up better against harsh weather conditions.
|✔ Classic look |
✔ Compliments any landscape design
✗ Prone to insect and weather damage
These are some of the most popular types of wood used for building gazebos:
- Pine gazebos are popular due to their affordable price tag and widespread availability. For example, you can purchase a prefabricated 12×12 pine gazebo for as little as $3,500 (including assembly). Pine isn’t as durable as the other popular woods, so make sure it is pressure treated to prolong its lifespan.
- Bamboo gazebos are another affordable option. They typically start at around $4,000. Unfortunately, bamboo isn’t durable. Bamboo gazebos are prone to structural damage and often succumb to bad weather.
- Cedar is more expensive than pine or bamboo but is also more durable. Alaskan yellow cedar and western red cedar are naturally weather and insect-resistant. A cedar gazebo typically costs $6,000 to $7,000.
- Tropical woods: Many homeowners choose tropical woods, like teak, for their gazebo because it is very durable. A teak gazebo may cost you a pretty penny, but it compensates by having a long lifespan without needing much maintenance.
Vinyl gazebos typically cost $4,100 to $7,600. Although they are low-maintenance, they are difficult to repair.
|✔ Versatile appearance |
✔ Long lifespan
✔ Pest and corrosion resistant
✗ Difficult to repair
✗ Can get mold in humid environments
The shape of your gazebo influences the price: The more sides your gazebo has, the higher the price tag.
|Shape||Typical cost for this design||Image|
|Round||$1,500 – $8,000|
|Rectangular||$2,500 – $11,000|
|Hexagonal||$3,750 – $8,000|
|Octagonal||$4,000 – $9,000|
|Dodecahedron||$8,000 – $11,500|
The roof structure is the most significant difference between a gazebo and a pergola. Gazebos have solid roofs that provide complete coverage from the sun and greater protection against the weather. Gazebo roof prices vary depending on the material used and the type of roof.
Gazebo roof costs depend on the roofing material:
- Asphalt shingles are the most affordable option.
- Wood, tile, fabric, and metal are moderately priced roofing materials.
- Polycarbonate is expensive.
- Slate is usually the most costly roofing option for a gazebo.
Gazebo prices also depend on the roof style.
Affordable roof styles include:
Moderately priced roof styles include:
Expensive roof styles include:
The cost of a gazebo’s flooring depends on the following:
- Material used
- Gazebo size
- Gazebo shape
Please see typical flooring costs in the table below.
|Flooring material||Average cost (per square foot)|
Outdoor structures need to be on a flat, level surface. Therefore, the overall price of installing a gazebo can increase by the cost of clearing land or leveling the earth. If you don’t prepare the ground, your gazebo won’t be structurally sound.
Custom gazebos vs prefab
A custom-built gazebo costs more than a prefabricated model. If you’re on a budget but still want a custom gazebo, you may want to opt for a smaller one made out of brick, aluminum, or pine.
Adding comfort and functionality to your gazebo also adds to the price. Popular gazebo add-ons include:
- Screening: Screened gazebos are great for privacy and insect protection. You can hire a professional to install screens or purchase a screen kit.
- Fire pit: Many homeowners don’t mind the cost of a fire pit—a great add-on for people in cooler climates. They pair well with brick gazebos.
- Kitchen: Because gazebos are covered and somewhat protected from the elements, they can be great for housing outdoor kitchens and dining areas.
- Misting systems: In addition to the shade provided by a gazebo, a misting system can keep you and your guests cool on hot summer days.
- Hot tub: Placing a hot tub under a gazebo makes it more private and protects the hot tub from bad weather.
Gazebo installations improve outdoor comfort and curb appeal. If you are looking to enhance your landscape or add outdoor living space, you may also want to consider the following services:
Pergolas are another popular outdoor enclosure. Their grid-style roofs let in partial sun, and pergolas cost less than gazebos.
|National average cost||$4,000|
|Typical price range||$2,100 – $6,000|
|Extreme low end cost||$1,050|
|Extreme high end cost||$11,000|
Many homeowners enjoy the aesthetics of trellises covered by climbing vines. Interlocking lattices are used to construct most trellises, and they typically cost about $200 per linear foot.
|Average cost / linear foot||$200|
|Typical price range||$60 – $350|
Professional landscaping can complement any outdoor living space. Prices vary depending on the specific services you want, but landscaping typically costs $4.50 to $17 per square foot.
|National average cost||$8,700|
|Typical price range||$3,300 – $13,200|
|Extreme low end cost||$1,300|
|Extreme high end cost||$40,000|
If you’d rather do the landscaping yourself, check out our beginner’s guide to landscaping.
Fences are great for privacy, protection, and aesthetics. A new fence typically costs $2,000 to $4,500.
|National average cost||$3,000|
|Typical price range||$2,000 – $4,500|
|Extreme low end cost||$500|
|Extreme high end cost||$8,500|
Artificial grass might be the answer if you want to enjoy vibrant green grass without the maintenance and upkeep of natural sod. Artificial grass costs about $10.75 per square foot.
|National average cost||$5,300|
|Typical price range||$2,970 – $7,100|
|Extreme low end cost||$2,000|
|Extreme high end cost||$10,500|
Pro cost vs. DIY cost
You may want to save money by nixing the gazebo builder and doing the hard work yourself. If you have the time and carpentry skills, you can save big by building your own gazebo.
If you don’t already have them, you will need to purchase the tools in the table below.
|Drill and bits||$75|
|Posthole digger||$10 (One day rental)|
The next table estimates material costs for a 10X10 square-shaped gazebo made of pressure-treated pine with an asphalt shingle roof.
|Building materials||Typical cost|
|Screws and brackets||$80|
DIY gazebo kit: Ready-to-build gazebo kits come with all the building materials you need as well as the gazebo design plans. You can buy a 10×10 cedar gazebo kit for around $1,500.
It costs much less to build a gazebo yourself, but an experienced and insured professional can ensure the job is done right. A solid structure will stand the test of time, while a kit or homemade gazebo might not.
Cost of a gazebo by location
Your geographic location influences the price of a gazebo in the following ways:
Locations with a high cost of living typically have higher labor costs, and rural areas tend to have a lower cost of living than big cities. Consequently, professional gazebo installation will cost more in New York City than in Brandon, Mississippi.
Materials that are widely available in your area will be the cheapest. The farther things like lumber or shingles have to travel, the more expensive they become. The price increase has to do with shipping costs and scarcity.
Before building anything, you should check HOA and city guidelines. There may be restrictions on the size of your gazebo, and you may need a permit. Permit costs vary but are usually under $500.
A professionally installed 12×12 gazebo typically costs $10,080 to $14,400. However, you can build one using about $1,200 of building materials.
The labor to install a pre-built (aka prefabricated) gazebo typically costs $500 to $1,500. Large or complex installations will cost more.
Depending on the material, gazebos can last 10-20 years. For example, wood gazebos usually last 7-15 years, and vinyl gazebos last up to 20 years.
A permanent gazebo is installed for long-term placement. They are usually anchored down and built with sturdy material.
Gazebos are often at the center of exquisite landscape designs. They are also a cozy hangout spot for family members and guests. A professional contractor can help you find a gazebo design within your budget that you and your loved ones will adore.
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