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Solid Oak Gazebos - Oak Timber Structures

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Bespoke, Solid Oak Gazebos - Any Shape or Size

Custom made, solid oak gazebos supplied in kit form for simple assembly by your builder. Buy these standard types online or contact us with your bespoke requirements.

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Please see below for descriptions of these options.
Shape | Type | Size
L-Shape Hex
Double Link
3 x 3m
3.5 x 3.5m
4 x 4m


Use the custom option to enter your own width, length and roof height

3 x 4m
3 x 5m
3 x 6m
3.5 x 4m
3.5 x 5m
4 x 5m
4 x 6m



Length 2:

Roof Height:



Right Gazebo Width:


Gazebo Roof Height:

Roof Height:

This will make the total height approx m
Roof Height will be made to the nearest 0.05m.
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Boarding is optional if you don't want to see the battens and shingles or tiles when you look up.

No battens

You will need battens to fix your shingles or tiles to but they're optional on our designer.

No shingles
Treated cedar

We only sell cedar shingles for roofing but many people supply and fit their own tiles.

95% of the cedar shingles we sell are untreated. They have around a 20 year lifespan. Treated adds around another 5 years but are a lot darker in colour. They will both eventually go silver-grey like all outside timber.

Normal Posts
Staddle Stones
Staddle Stones
Into Ground

We can optionally supply staddle stones for your posts to sit on or you can choose to have longer posts to fit into the ground. Read below for further information.

For posts into ground, we supply posts an extra 600mm longer for you to fix them into the ground.

Side Coverage


  • Spindles are 50 x 70mm solid oak. These are traditional mortice and tenoned in to the handrail and bottom rail.
  • Handrail and base rail are ‘the selected post size’ width x 100mm thickness. They are also mortice and tenoned in to the posts and fixed with oak dowels.


  • The cladding provided is solid Fresh Sawn European Oak machined to a feather edged cladding, based on a 30mm overlap.
  • The studding is 50 x 70mm and solid oak. Traditional mortice and tenoned in to the top plate and bottom plate
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Gazebo Price Breakdown

Delivery added at checkout
Total excluding VAT: £
Total including VAT: £
Approx roof area: m2 Approx Height: m

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All our Gazebos are:
Completely bespoke
Made entirely from hand-selected, expertly crafted oak, including the rafters
Planed all round for a smooth finish
Made of high quality Fresh Sawn Oak
Flat-packed for easy assembly
Currently on an approximate 7 - 9 weeks (from drawing sign off) lead time
50% deposit on checkout. Balance payment due approx. 1 week before delivery.

Bespoke Solid Oak Gazebos That Bring Majesty To Your Garden

A gazebo, sometimes called a pavilion, is a regal addition to any garden, bringing majesty and value to outside spaces.

They don’t just look great. An oak gazebo offers a tranquil space to relax. Whether it be reading, yoga, entertaining guests, or any act that requires tranquillity it’ll become your go to place for relaxation. It’s safe to say, the natural charm and warm smell of fresh timber makes a solid oak gazebo the perfect spot to unwind.

At Oak Timber Structures, we offer, solid oak gazebos of any size. Whether it be a smaller more modest structure as a personal private space to enjoy, a large covered space to accommodate family members, or a secret hideaway for guests at a hotel, we’ve got you covered.

We make each gazebo made to order so you can refine every detail to suit. For starters, there's no shape out of bounds. We can create square, rectangular, round and hexagonal shaped gazebos or you can opt for more extravagant designs. Some of the more complex shapes on our designer are the L-shaped, L-shaped with a hex and the double-link.

L-shaped gazebos meet at a right angle so they fit into a garden corner like a dream. Then there's the L-shaped with a hex that includes a stylish hexagonal shape at one or both ends of the gazebo. Double link gazebos are another grandiose design with a central link gazebo with a hipped roof flanked by two pyramid hipped roofed gazebos.

Regardless of shape, you can alter the height, width and length so your oak gazebo is tailor-made to your garden space. Furthermore, you can add roofing shingles and optional side coverage such as cladding or balustrades.

When you're happy with the design, it's time to start making your gazebo. We understand the importance of top quality timber. As standard, we make each section, even the roof rafters, from the finest grade fresh sawn oak available that’s hand picked from sustainable European forests.

With high-quality oak at the ready, our skilled artisans craft your gazebo on-site at our UK workshop. Joints are created using traditional mortise and tenon techniques and we even plane and sand each piece of oak for a premium finish. Unless you want a rough finish, of course, then we'll leave the oak in its fresh sawn state.

After a trial assembly, to make sure the gazebo is ready, we'll dissemble, then pack it in kit form, ready for delivery to your chosen location.

Eager to level-up your home or business with a bespoke solid oak gazebo? Start now by using the 3D gazebo designer and sculpt it to your needs. Or, if you're using an architect or have sketched an idea, email it over to us on or call us on 01889 597 283 to get started.

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We've put together a booklet of detailed answers to our most commonly asked questions. A perfect in-depth read about buying your oak structure from us.

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Oak Gazebos In All Shapes and Sizes

We make every solid oak gazebo from scratch. This allows us to create each oak framed gazebo kit to your specs and preferences. The below build galleries show oak gazebos assembly from start to finish. Check them out to get an idea of construction and how the different sizes shape up.

A series of start-to-finish gazebo build galleries

Here are a few image galleries of our oak gazebos being put up showing every step of construction for you to get an idea of how they go together.

General photographs kindly sent in from previous clients:

How To Use The 3D Oak Gazebo Designer

Designing an oak gazebo is straightforward with our 3D oak designer. Here’s a walkthrough of each control on the designer and how it'll shape your gazebo.


Control explanation - Gazebo Shape

The shape is the starting point for your gazebo. On the first line you’ll find controls for common shapes: square, rectangular, round, and hexagonal. Below that are the more intricate designs: L-shaped, L-shaped with hex and double-link. When selecting L-shape with hex shape, a new control titled 'Hex End' appears below. Here you can add a hex end to either side or both sides of the gazebo.

But here at Oak Timber Structure, there are no limits. So for octagonal, decagonal, or any other shape, contact our team. We love to hear fresh ideas.


Control explanation - Gazebo type

The shape is the starting point for your gazebo. On the first line you’ll find controls for common shapes: square, rectangular, round, and hexagonal. Below that are the more intricate designs: L-shaped, L-shaped with hex and double-link. When selecting L-shape with hex shape, a new control titled 'Hex End' appears below. Here you can add a hex end to either side or both sides of the gazebo.

A gable roof is triangular. The two sides slope towards the sides of the gazebo. This is also available with internal trusses that’ll add further decoration when inside the oak gazebo.

A hipped roof has a central lantern at the top of the roof with four sloped edges. Whereas, a hip and ridge has four sloped edges but with a flat point at the top, creating a trapezoid shape.


Control explanation - Gazebo Size

Regardless of shape, the 3D oak design tool allows users to customise size. With the basic shapes selected, standard sizes such as 4m x 4m appear. Although these are standard sizes, we still make the gazebo from scratch. Should you want to input your own measurements, select the custom button where you can alter the size at 0.1 metre intervals. For L-shaped and double-links, the sizing is more detailed. Here you can make one sider longer than the other.

For square and rectangular gazebos, the width measurement is the distance between one post to the adjacent beam. For round or hexagonal gazebos, the measurement relates to the distance between a post and the opposite beam.

The sizes are the ground footprint with measurements drawn from the outer part of the beam. Roofing extends past this ground footprint size by around 170mm to 250mm on each side. For reference, the human silhouettes integrated into the designer are approximately 6ft in height.

Further down the page, there’s a series of gazebo build galleries that follow the process from the start to finish. Organised into size, there are photos of the gazebos in use and complete with furniture to help gauge dimensions.


Control explanation - Gazebo Thickness

The thickness is the square cross-section of posts. This applies to the upright posts and top plates. Top plates are the horizontal beams running on top of the upright posts and are sometimes called ring beams.

Whether 150mm, 175mm or 200mm, all posts are square. Which thickness is best depends on both visual preference and the size of the gazebo. For larger gazebos, larger thicknesses look more proportionate.

Posts with a 200mm thickness offer visual harmony with 4x4m gazebos. For 3x3m gazebos, the common post thickness is 175mm, while with 2.5x2.5m 150mm posts work well.

But this is a rough guide. At Oak Timber Structures, we create our products to suit your requirements. If you want the unique looks of a smaller gazebo with chunky posts, we’ll make it.

Boarding (optional)

Control explanation - Gazebo Boarding

Boardings are optional and aren't an alternative to roofing or shingles.

Boardings offer a pleasing aesthetic on the bottom side of the roof and leave horizontal battens hidden. Battens are beams of timber used to fix shingles or tiles. So, oak gazebos only need battens if the gazebo has a roof.

Boardings sit on top of the rafters but below the battens. So boarding conceals battens, tiles, and shingles from the viewpoint inside the gazebo looking up.

It's nothing out of the ordinary for our oak gazebos to not have boarding. Yet, we offer 135mm wide tongue and grooved boarding and we'll supply a surplus to consider waste during cutting.

It's important to treat boarding to seal the timber and prevent moisture absorption. We recommend OSMO UV protection oil as a preventative measure against movement.

As found in our Gazebo Build Photo Gallery, some customers use plywood as boarding. But here you can add boarding made of larch, cedar, or oak for a charming uniform touch to your gazebo.

Battens (buy from us or source your own)

Control explanation - Gazebo Battens

Roofing battens, sometimes called lath, are strips of timber. They run at a right angle to the rafters. Battens provide a fixing point for materials such as shingles or tiles.

By calculating the length gazebo, we supply enough battens to space them 125mm apart. This measurement is the recommended spacing for our cedar shingles.

For other tiles, the spacing will vary. Contact us with tile measurements so we can calculate the required battens.

We create our battens from two timbers. If using boarding as described above, use treated softwood. These are durable but cost-effective and won't be visible between the boarding and roofing material. Nonetheless, our oak battens are an elegant touch, so for visible battens, they're a premium option.

Battens are optional. You may prefer to source their own battens or use different roofing techniques.

Roofing (buy cedar shingles from us or source your own tiles)

Control explanation - Gazebo Roofing

The 3D oak gazebo designer has an option to add cedar shingles roofing. There's more information on roofing towards the bottom of the page.

It's also common to use tiles. We don't supply ceramic or slate tiles, so if the plan is to have an oak gazebo fitted with these options, select the 'No Shingles'.

Untreated cedar shingles have a lifespan of approx. 20 years. By treating the cedar shingles, the lifespan is extended upto an additional 5 years. Email us if you’d like us to treat the cedar shingles.

Both treated and untreated shingles will turn a rustic silver-grey colour through exposure to UV. Although treated cedar shingles have a darker colour, to begin with.


Control explanation - Gazebo Staddle Stones

At Oak Timber Structures, we offer two types of footings to help reinforce a solid oak gazebo. However, there are alternative methods that we'll highlight further down the page.

One option is staddle stones. These elevate the oak gazebo to keep the oak beams protected from standing water.

Our non-porous staddle stones are white reconstituted sandstone blocks with a metal pin protruding through the top. By drilling into the bottom part of the posts, there's a hole to thread in the steel pin. The weight of a solid oak gazebo holds it in place.

Staddle stones measure 230mm in height which we'll factor this in when cutting beams. So, the staddle stones don’t affect the overall height. They add to the width dimension of the posts by an additional 25mm.

Another option with our designer is 'Intro Ground'. This is a simple solution and we provide an extra 600mm onto the beam length. The extra beam length allows for fixing in the ground.

Sides Coverage

Control explanation - Gazebo Sides

There's the option to specify side coverage on all oak gazebos regardless of shape. Side covers add a protective layer if an oak gazebo is near water. But they also offer a pleasing aesthetic.

Balustrades are a row of small columns topped by a handrail. A balustrade is a common feature on traditional terraces and harkens back to the columns found on classic staircases.

Alternatively, oak cladding is available. It’s possible to select either half or full size which will cover the entire side of the oak gazebo. Made from European feather edged oak, we provide all the associated supporting stud work.

Oak Gazebo Quick Frequently Asked Questions

These are short answers to our most frequently asked questions. Read on for in-depth answers.

What grade of timber are oak gazebos made from?

Oak gazebos are usually made from constructional grade fresh sawn, or green oak. The slight shrinkage as it dries is relied upon to pull the jointing tighter.

How are oak gazebos made?

The main frames of our oak gazebos are held together with traditional mortise and tenon joints and oak pegs. The common, or intermediary rafters are held with stainless steel screws.

Is there anything else I'll need?

In addition to the main frame being held with provided oak pegs, you will need to get some stainless steel screws for the rafters as described below in the "Is there anything else I'll need" section.

How much maintenance do oak gazebos require?

Oak gazebos are near enough maintenance free. As the oak ages, it will become weathered and turned silver-grey by the ultraviolet rays of the sun within a few years.

How difficult are oak gazebos to erect or construct?

With our oak gazebo kits, all the woodwork is already done, so for example on a 4x4m gazebo, a couple of builders can construct the frame in around one and a half days, and the same again to roof it.

How do oak gazebos change as they mature?

As oak matures and dries, it develops splits and cracks in the surface. Left in the sun, it will also turn the classic silver-grey within a couple of years.

For more information, read 'What To Expect From an Oak Structure.'

How can water marks or tannin stains be removed from oak gazebos?

A mixture of water and oxalic acid crystals brushed onto the oak and left a while will magically remove watermarks and tannin stains from fresh sawn oak and anything they rest on.

What type of footings or groundworks does an oak gazebo need?

Check with your builder as it varies depending on the type of ground and size of gazebo, but concrete pads are regularly used, for example 60 x 60 x 60cm under each post.

Do I need planning permission for an oak gazebo?

Most clients find a gazebo does not need planning and is allowed under the "permitted development" guidelines. Always check with your local council first before ordering. Some councils may have overall height restrictions of the structure depending on postcode and location of the structure in your garden. For example; if it overlooks a neighbour.

How long does it take to make a bespoke oak gazebo kit?

Allow approximately 7 - 9 weeks (from drawing sign off) for completion from approval of your oak gazebo drawings.

How does an oak gazebo get delivered to my property?

There are two options, on a flat-bed lorry, if you have person power or offloading equipment on-site, or we can quote for a HIAB (crane arm lorry) to offload to the ground for you.

How much do oak gazebos cost?

A standard 4x4m oak gazebo frame kit with 200mm oak posts costs around £7,500 inc VAT. You'd then need to have it erected and supply the roofing materials. Use our online designer gives you instant prices for your bespoke sizes.

Take a tour of one of our luxurious Oak Gazebos

We've supplied solid oak gazebos for areas of natural beauty, premium wedding venues, homes and more.

Here's an example of an Oak Timber Structures gazebo assembled by a picturesque pond.

We’ll cater all solid oak gazebos to your needs. For example, this gazebo has concrete pillars for support, balustrades to provide added safety, and oak decking. Contact us via email or phone if you have any queries.

Frequently Asked Questions

I'd Really Like an Oak Gazebo, Where Do I Start?

As earlier highlighted, oak is a high calibre wood to use for a gazebo. Both durable and pleasing to the eye, it combines beauty and strength. Here we'll talk through the process, from start to finish. If at any point you have queries, contact us on 01889 597283 or email us. We're more than happy to help.

Choosing an Oak Gazebo design

The information and pictures, here on our oak gazebo page, will help inspire. Visit our 'Choosing The Size of Your Gazebo' article to discover what size gazebo is best suited. With an idea in mind, using the 3D oak gazebo designer helps refine the vision.

But remember, no gazebo design is out of bounds, so let your imagination run wild. If there’s any design the 3D oak gazebo design can’t do, get in touch. On that note, feel free to contact us for any advice throughout.


There are a few finer details to understand on measurements. First, all measurements are from the outside of the post. Therefore, the dimensions refer to the total footprint and include the post thickness.

Size and roof pitch can also increase measurements. Once tiled, the roof can overhang by around 250 mm per side. So another 500mm on the footprint size.

We can help alter the design for minimal overhang if required. For example, if the gazebo needs to sit flush against an existing building.

Placing the order

Once the design is complete, place your order either online, over the telephone or by email. From here, we'll create a CAD drawing.

A CAD drawing will detail the finest measurements and specifications of the oak gazebo. If necessary, the customer and or architect can alter the design at this stage and we'll adjust the CAD to suit. We can provide a CAD drawing before payment. This costs (or in advance for £100 + VAT which is then taken off your final order) but we'll take this off in the final order.

With your approval of the CAD drawing, we make the gazebo to your exact designs, working to the quoted lead time.

Do I need planning permission for an oak gazebo?

The CAD drawing has all the relevant details to present to your local council for planning permission.

However, our oak gazebos seldom exceed the guidelines. It's common practice for councils to set height restrictions at 4m. That's one reason we keep our gazebos below 4m.

If an oak gazebo or any structure doesn’t need planning permission, it’s known as a 'permitted development ‘.

That said, there are other factors at play. The high restrictions become more strict when closer to a fence. There's a chance if the oak gazebo is within 2m of a boundary fence, it'll have to be less than 2.5m in height.

Other complications include:

  • The distance between the oak gazebo and the property.
  • Whether the gazebo is visible from public roadways.
  • Listed buildings also have strict rules, even in outside areas.
  • The leniency of the individual planning officer who's assessing the gazebo dimensions.

So, we always recommend going through the process. Although the chances are you won't need planning permission, it’ll give you peace of mind and eliminate the risk of an enforcement notice.

To find your local planning authority, follow this link and type in your postcode. For more information, have a look at our detailed PDF Booklet.


Once our skilled workforce has created the oak gazebo, it's time for delivery. We’ll be in touch to let you know your gazebo is complete with a balance request if applicable. When payment is confirmed, our transport team will then contact you to arrange a delivery date.

The oak frame gazebo kit arrived flat-packed in kit form. We band all parts together and place them on pallets. For manual unloading, break the bands and each individual beam is transportable.

  1. Standard Delivery

    When the kit form oak gazebo arrives on a flat-bed or curtain side lorry it’ll need unloading. Oak is heavy so you’ll need the means to unload. If there are builders on-site, they’ll be able to perform the task at hand.

    Offloading equipment such as a forklift or telehandler will make light work of unloading.

  2. HIAB Delivery

    Assisted delivery is where we supply the means of offloading for you. If a HIAB is used, a delivery crane arm to unload the kit form oak gazebo to the side of the lorry to ground level on the kerb at the delivery location. We outsource all haulage, so prices depend on delivery location and the dimensions of the oak gazebo.

    Please note, HIAB lorries need more space than a flat-bed lorry. This is because of the stabilising leg extending from the side of the vehicle.

  3. Collection

    Of course, if you have the means, collect from our base. The address is below:

    Airfield Industrial Estate
    Unit 1C
    ST18 0PF
    Google Map link here.

How To Assemble A Solid Oak Gazebo

Oak Timber Structures is a supply only company, we don't assemble the gazebo.

However, we design each gazebo with ease of assembly in mind. It's common for builders to comment on how amazing our gazebos are to work with.

We'll email over a 'Parts Identification Drawing'. This drawing shows how we've labelled each component. Where joints connect, the pieces have an identifier such as a number or letter. We label the connecting part with the same number or letter.

All woodwork is complete. For this reason, it's common to hire general builders rather than a carpenter.

Each builder uses their own methods and assembly techniques vary. The most common and trusted method is to lay all parts on the ground. Then, lift the oak and hold it in place while someone pegs together pieces with the supplied oak pegs.

Oak is heavy. For this reason, a builder may suggest the hire of a Genie Lift. A Genie lift holds the oak posts in place for easy assembly. When hiring a genie lift, ensure it'll take the weight of the heaviest piece. We can supply any weight measurements if needed.

To learn how other people have put their kit form oak gazebo up, look at our start-to-finish photo galleries.

How long do they take to assemble?

We're often asked about how long our gazebos take to assemble. Assuming all groundworks and foundations are in place. A 4m x 4m solid kit form oak gazebo, along with cedar shingle roofing, will take approximately two and a half days.

Solid oak beams are heavy, so builders may need additional labour and or lifting equipment, which can increase builder quotes.

How are the oak gazebos held together?

An oak frame gazebo comprises of upright posts, horizontal beams, and braces. Each joined using traditional mortise and tenon joints secured with oak pegs.

More traditional looking oak gazebos keep the oak pegs visible and protruding from the gazebo. This is down to preference, and it's easy to cut them level with the oak beams.

While the mainframe connects with supplied oak pegs, you'll need stainless steel screws for the rafters.

The diagonal corner rafters that slope inwards from the main oak frame connect to the central lantern using mortise and tenon joints. Known as hip rafters, where these meet the main oak frame, use 6mm diameter, 150mm long screws.

Use one for each corner. So, for square or rectangular gazebos, four in total. Other gazebo shapes will need more screws. For example, a hexagonal shape requires six screws.

DO NOT USE IRON SCREWS. Always use stainless steel or galvanised screws. Oak contains an acid called tannins. This acid erodes other metals like iron.

Found in common hardware stores, these screws aren't difficult to find. Here are some links to 150mm stainless steel screws:

Common roof rafters are the smaller intermediate rafter between the larger hip rafters. Held together by screws, the suggested size is 100mm plus.

For the common rafters, use two screws at the top where they meet the primary rafters. Secure them at the bottom, where they rest on the mainframe with one screw.

The 'Parts Identification Drawing' states how many common rafters make up the oak gazebo roof. From here, builders can establish how many screws they'll need

For all screws, pre-drill a hole first. As oak is a hardwood, it can snap if there are no pilot holes.

How to Stop an Oak Gazebo From Blowing Over

The weight of our 3x3m gazebos for example weigh close to a tonne, and that's before roofing. So, with such downward pressure, bolting to the ground isn't a necessity.

Suffice to say a strong wind wont whisk away your lovely new oak gazebo, even if you opt to erect it as is on paving or decking with no additional fixing.


All buildings need solid foundations and a solid oak gazebo is no different. An oak gazebo must stand on a flat surface. Ask a builder's opinion on the proposed area.

A concrete pad isn't always required. Existing paved or slabbed areas will often take the weight. Some customers have used large slabs on grass. But for this method, ensure the ground remains stable, especially when wet.


Re-bars, protrude out of concrete footings and will prevent the posts of your gazebo from kicking out.

Builders will mark out, with stakes, the oak gazebo footprint, then create concrete footings. The depth and diameter of footings depend on the size of the gazebo and the ground below.

They may use footing tubes filled with concrete. But before the concrete sets, they'll embed the re-bars into the footings. These have a diameter of around 20 mm and by drilling holes in vertical posts on the oak gazebo, the posts stand over the re-bars.

Rod posts need to be accurate. But for a competent builder, it'll be easy. Take the footprint and subtract half of the thickness of vertical posts (150, 175 or 200mm) on each side. For example, for a 4x4m with 200mm thick posts. The steel rods should stand at 3.9m x 3.9m.

Drill holes into the bottom of the upright posts at the centre point, ensure the drill hole is deep enough to sheath the rebars completely and that the posts are not resting on the rebars.

Fence posts or 'shoes' are used to prevent the posts being in contact with standing water which can affect the lifespan of the Gazebo. Fencepost shoes drill into concrete, then the bolts tighten around the upright oak posts. This is a tidy looking method. Here's a straightforward tutorial for installing a fence post onto concrete.

Whether using re-bars or fence posts, select 'Normal Posts' on the 3D oak gazebo designer as these methods require no added length of the oak post.

Staddle Stones

Whether using re-bars or fence posts, select 'Normal Posts' on the 3D oak gazebo designer as these methods require no added length of the oak post.

Here at Oak Timber Structure, we provide white, tapered, reconstituted sandstone staddle stones. Fitted with metal pins on the top, a drilled hole in the bottom of the upright oak posts ensures the entire oak gazebo will rest on the stones and prevent the posts from kicking out.

The stones are non-porous. This means no liquid or air will enter the stones. So they won't need any membrane between the posts and the stone. They stand 230mm (9 inches) high and lift the oak posts off the ground to prevent damage from standing water.

We supply the staddle stones to fit the thickness of posts, either 150, 175 or 200mm. Whichever option, the staddle stones taper an extra 25mm at the bottom.

The weight of the oak gazebo is enough to hold it in place. They won't need fixing. That said, some customers opt to cement the stones, but this is optional and isn't required.

In the 3D gazebo designer, there's an option to include staddle stones in the order. With this option selected, we'll reduce the length of the posts. So, the overall gazebo height remains the same.

What are the options for roofing my gazebo?

Cedar Shingles

Roof shingles are coverings that overlap to protect and add shelter to the gazebo.

We offer western red cedar shingles alongside the hip and ridge tiles to cover the roof corners. There are two types of cedar shingles available, either treated or untreated.

Treated cedar shingles have a lifespan of 25+ years on average and can vary based on environmental factors. This period can vary when the shingles are exposed to dramatic moisture and sunlight.

The more common, untreated cedar shingles have approximately 20+ year lifespan. Untreated shingles are a more popular choice because the natural cedar colour is more prominent. Whereas, when treated, the cedar becomes much darker.

When fixing shingles, battens are essential. These are selectable in the 3D oak gazebo designer. The designer will calculate the number of battens and shingles needed. We'll provide enough to overlap the shingles at 125mm centres for heightened protection.

When fitting cedar shingles, remember, don't use iron nails as tannins will corrode the metal. Nails to fix the cedar shingles should be 30mm and stainless steel.

There are two batten options, softwood and oak. Each has preferred nail specifications.

If fitting cedar shingles to treated softwood battens, you can use Silicone Bronze ARS nails. The natural tannins on the wood won't corrode this type of nail.

Here are some links to Silicone Bronze ARS Nails 31mm x 1.8mm:

Yet, when choosing oak battens, use different nails. This is because oak is harder than softwood, so you’ll need thicker nails to fix. When using oak battens, pre-drilling the battens will save a lot of time and effort.

Here's a link to stainless steel nails measuring 30mm x 3.35mm. These are suitable for attaching cedar shingle to oak battens:

Here's a downloadable PDF guide for battens and shingles. Or for more detailed information refer to the B.C Shake & Shingle Association Guide.

Other Tiles

While we don't supply other tiles, our gazebos are sturdy and will support a full roof of tiles. Whether made from slate, ceramic or any other material.

Let us know if you require additional battens to suit specialist sizes.

Roof Layers - Optional Boarding

With the decision made on outside roofing, there are a few more things to consider.

When using solely battens and shingles, from the viewpoint of standing in the oak gazebo, the battens and the underside of shingles or tiles are visible. So, high-grade oak battens are a pleasing aesthetic from this perspective.

Another option is tongue-and-groove boarding that will cover up the underside of tiles and battens. Tongue-and-groove is a joint type that's easy to install. This boarding screws into the gazebos rafters with tiles or shingles fixed to battens above.

We recommend screwing into the rafters with 40mm stainless steel screws. Other screw materials may be corroded by the oak rafters.

The tongue-and-groove boarding is visible yet offers a clean and uniform view. Boarding is available on the 3D gazebo designer in either larch, cedar or oak.

Boarding covers the underside of tiles and battens. So, softwood battens are the best option they wont be visible.

We've found the most common method is to fix softwood battens onto the rafters at a right angle. These should be every 125mm (centre to centre) to accommodate the shingles.

This approach means the bottom side of the shingles are visible. So, from inside the oak gazebo, the overlapping shingles creates an attractive pattern.

Fitting Around the Central Lantern

A hipped style gazebo has a pyramid-like roof. So, there's a central lantern that protrudes from the top.

There are two recommended ways of sealing against the cedar shingles.

One method is to create a 'skirt' around the lantern using spare shingles. Then use a silicone seal around the top.

Another way is to use full flashing. Flashing is a thin metal material that'll direct water away from the lantern. So, by covering the entire lantern and shaping it towards the shingles, it'll reduce the oak gazebos' exposure to water.

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Fire-Proofing (Optional)

When fitting tongue-and-groove boarding, adding fireproofing is an option. Especially, if you have a wood burner or BBQ underneath. In this scenario, UK Building Regulations may suggest this as a course of action.

By applying flameproof chemicals, softwood cladding becomes protected from fire. We don't supply fire treated cladding or any other chemical treatments. However, we can suggest companies that specialise in this area should you need the boarding treated.

Sealant for Optional Boarding

Boarding is more prone to the effects of moisture than the oak gazebo itself.

When humidity is high, the boarding absorbs moisture and swells. On the flip side, when the humidity drops, the boarding shrinks. It's a process called movement.

There are ways to allow room for natural shrinking and swelling. Pre-drill the boarding hole to prevent the boards from splitting when fixed.

Likewise, when fitting the tongue-and-groove boarding, don't connect them too tightly. Leaving a small gap between allows for moisture movement.

To minimise the levels of movement, treating the boarding with OSMO UV protection oil will prevent warping. Apply with a brush before installation. Be sure to cover edges and ends. Ensure the oil is dry before fixing the boarding.

How will my oak gazebo stand up to the weather?

Studies by the Timber Research And Development Association (TRADA) found untreated oak has a lifespan of 15-25 years.

The study relates to the structure having posts embedded into the ground. So, lifting the oak gazebo using methods such as a staddle stone will further protect the gazebo.

Also, prolonged exposure to UV rays from the sun, oak will change colour. It'll develop a silvery grey hue. This is a traditional aesthetic most customers yearn for.

It'll take around two years, but to delay the process, apply a treatment oil. We recommend OSMO UV protection oil as an industry standard.

Made of fresh sawn oak, expect slight shrinkage as the moisture content decreases. This is part of the process and our skilled workforce creates the gazebo with this in mind. In fact, they use the inevitable shrinkage to tighten the mortise and tenon joints.

Over time, the drying of oak results in cracks and splits known as checks. This doesn't affect the structural integrity and is a profound characteristic of mature oak.

Why Buy Your Gazebo From Oak Timber Structures Ltd

Here at Oak Timber Structures, our team has accumulated over 100 years of experience in the timber industry. Such knowledge is indispensable for creating a bespoke oak gazebo. Furthermore, we use our years of experience to help customers accomplish any oak gazebo. We are here at every step.

  • High Quality oak products
  • High Quality customer service

We are proud of the quality of our oak structures. From the grade of the European oak to the intricate detail in craftsmanship. We strive for the best in both product quality and customer relations.

The strongest and most elegant oak structures start with the best timber. But that's just the beginning. Working with timber, especially oak, requires skills and expertise. Bespoke to order we craft each oak gazebo to the highest standards.

Our passion for oak is at the heart of our inspiration. As Steve Jobs once said, "...the only way to produce great work is to love what you do".

Our innovative gazebo 3D designer and pricing matrix offers a tailored buying experience designing a bespoke oak gazebo. Watch your new timber gazebo design take shape as you alter dimensions and specs.

Kiss goodbye to random quotes. With instant and transparent pricing, you can watch the cost change as you alter the design. It's yet another way we strive to innovate and establish a tailored buying experience for our clients.

Our 3D Oak Gazebo Designer

We're proud of the world's first web-based 3D oak gazebo designer. There's no software download or high-tech computers needed.

Embedded into our website, all that’s needed are an internet connection and web browser. So, on a smartphone, laptop, or any other device, you can design an oak gazebo in the comfort of your own home.

The innovative 3D oak gazebo designer makes designing easy. By specifying all aspects, you oak gazebo takes shape in real-time. As the oak gazebo evolves to specific needs, the pricing updates.

Why not create a bespoke oak gazebo with our online designer located at the top of this page?

Go to the gazebo designer.

How To Order Your Oak Framed Gazebo

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Ordering from Oak Timber Structures is straightforward. Nevertheless, our team is on hand to help throughout the process. Here are the simple steps to order a bespoke oak gazebo:

  1. First, create the oak gazebo using the designer or send drawings to
  2. For online orders, click ‘Add to Basket’.
  3. Navigate to your shopping basket where you can checkout securely online. We accept all major credit cards excluding American Express (as image). If you run into any checkout issues, please contact us using the online chat or call us and we’ll talk you through the process. Alternatively, you can order over the phone.
  4. We then produce technical drawings for you to sign off and gain approval from a structural engineer if needed. CAD drawings take approximately 2 - 5 working days to produce.
  5. If you are unhappy with an aspect of the drawings, we encourage you to call and seek advice from our helpful and friendly staff. They’ll revise the drawings accordingly and send them back to you for re-approval.
  6. Once signed off, we add your structure to the production queue and create it according to the stated lead times. During this time, many people use the approved drawings to get their groundwork in place if required.
  7. Our skilled team assembles the oak gazebo to make sure there are no issues. This also allows us to code all components for seamless assembly. We then dismantle the gazebo and organise it into transportable kit form.
  8. If you're running behind schedule, we're happy to store your structure for up to 2 to 3 weeks at no extra charge. Please note that we limit storage to this. As green oak dries, it shrinks. Shrinkage is normal. In fact, our skilled staff prepares your structure for shrinkage to fuse joints, making them tighter and more robust. Yet, after 2 to 3 weeks, joints can become misaligned and harder to assemble, so it's important to limit storage time.
  9. We schedule delivery by liaising with you once your bespoke oak gazebo is complete.
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