Milady and I like having a shady area on the deck, especially in our hot Louisiana summers, a spot where the breezes blow and the sun can't find its way to the chair. We've been through several gazebos and the learning curve has taught me that hurricanes are hell on them and freak snowstorms (any snow in Louisiana is freakish) are tough on them. We plan to remove the cover before winter, but winter seems to catch us unawares. The last gazebo we had lasted several years, but the cover finally succumbed to UV rays and a heavy accumulation of snow.
I was just about to pull the pin and order a new cover when Milady found this one on sale at Big Lots. It's bigger than the last gazebo and this whole thing cost less on sale than a replacement cover for the old one, so we bought the new gazebo and I assembled it this afternoon with help from the boys.
I plan, one day, to have a nice wooden gazebo with a steel roof installed, but in the meantime, this should meet our needs for entertaining and having grandkids in the swimming pool.