The only thing better than enjoying your gazebo on a warm summer night is enjoying your gazebo all year round. To get the most out of your extended outdoor living space, we’ve compiled a list of the 5 best options for a hardtop gazebo with sliding screens.
These gazebos are unique because they’re enclosed with screens and windows which means that you can use them in every season, no matter where you live!
- Durable PVC windows plus screens on every panel
- No foundation needed
- Arrives with flooring
- Roof can tolerate moderate snow accumulation
- Available in 3 sizes
- Rust-resistant, galvanized steel roof
- Wind resistant up to 54 mph
- Roof can hold 100 lbs of snow
- Multi-layered, insulated aluminum roof
- Unique luxury details
Best Hardtop Gazebo with Sliding Screens
This is the gazebo that makes you sit up and take notice of designs that literally expand the size of your home’s square footage. The Charleston doesn’t attach to the exterior walls of your home (there is an option below that does), but it does closely hug it without the need for a foundation.
Each of the 10 surrounding panels (including 2 sliding doors) comprise a durable polycarbonate plastic window and a mesh screen. To allow for the utmost airflow (or heat retention), each panel has 3 configuration options so that you can best regulate cool or hot air circulation.
No matter your needs or your climate, the Charleston is a customizable hardtop gazebo with sliding screens with something for everyone.
- Panels with windows and screens
- Does not require a foundation
- Suitable for smaller yards
- 2 sliding doors that can be positioned on any side
- No product warranty
Like the Charleston, the wall-mounted aluminum option from Gazebo Penguin is meant to directly expand the square footage of your home.
But unlike the Charleston, this option physically attaches to any brick or cement exterior wall. This key difference will significantly improve your ability to control and regulate its interior temperature.
Each of the 7 panels (including 1 locking door) smartly comprises a window and screen that can be configured to manage temperature and control air flow.
With two colors to choose from and a stylized geometric motif around the exterior, this wall-mounted design is one of our favorites because of the attention to both functional and stylistic detail.
- Elegantly functional design
- Securely mounts to an exterior wall for maximum temperature control
- Locking door
- Polycarbonate roof for maximum durability, temperature control and filtered light
- Snow load capacity of 100 lbs.
- Can be assembled by 1 person
- Product warranty
- Only available in 1 size
Not to be confused with the Sojag Charleston Aluminum Patio Gazebo above, the free-standing steel option from the legendary designers at Sojag is available in 3 sizes to suit any property.
Similar in design to the wall-mounted version, the free-standing Charleston is modern and minimalist in color with an emphasis on subtle differences in texture.
We love the galvanized steel roof and powder-coated aluminum frame with a dark gray finish. The combination of steel and aluminum is also one of the best for keeping your hardtop gazebo cool on hot days.
As long as you occasionally clean the gazebo, its materials and construction method ensures that it will remain mildew-, weather-, rain-, and rust-proof for years (and even decades) to come.
- Sophisticated design with subtly modern details
- Available in 3 sizes
- Roof hanging weight capacity of up to 15 lbs.
- 1-year product warranty
- Independently moving windows with screens
- Easily anchors to cement or wood foundation
- Assembly instructions could be clearer
The aluminum solarium from Gazebo Penguin is a monument of strength. Constructed from a powder-coated aluminum frame beneath a steel and polycarbonate roof, it’s our favorite option for its durability.
In terms of wind resistance, the solarium is built to withstand gusts up to 54 mph…which is strong enough to blow over trees! On top of that, the roof can withstand up to 100 lbs of snow.
The solarium is also a gorgeous focal point for any property. We especially love the geometric trim around the exterior on both the sand and slate finishes.
- Insanely strong and durable in all climates for all seasons
- Locking door
- UV-, rust- and mildew- resistant
- Steel grid and polycarbonate roof lets in softly filtered light
- 1-year product warranty
- Clean, sophisticated design
- Fixed placement of sliding doors
- Requires 3-4 people to assemble
If your primary goal is to lounge in a cool ocean, mountain, or just lovely suburban breeze, the Siena Metal Patio Gazebo by Paragon-Outdoor is an excellent choice.
With 4 top-to-bottom sliding screens on each side, the gazebo will feel like a gentle breezeway from every direction. The effect on a warm evening is even better!
The Siena is usefully flexible when it comes to assembly. Although a foundation isn’t required, the gazebo kit comes with anchoring hardware for cement or wood surfaces.
The gazebo’s roof is unique for its use of multi-layered aluminum panels that help with heat regulation as well as acoustics. The sound of rain on layered aluminum is muffled and soothing.
The Siena is a hardtop gazebo with sliding doors available in 2 sizes. The larger model is more than 5 feet wider. No matter your space constraints, this option boasts luxurious details available to all.
- 5-year product warranty
- Sliding screens on all 4 sides
- Multi-layered aluminum roof softens acoustics
- Uniquely luxurious details
- Clear installation instructions
- Thoughtful design, well made construction
- Multi-layered aluminum roof sometimes makes soft “tinging” noise on especially hot days
What to Consider when Buying a Hardtop Gazebo with Sliding Screens
Space Requirements and Property Placement
While hardtop gazebos in general require a fair amount of commitment when it comes to placement in your yard, enclosed options require even more so. Some of the designs above top out at 700 lbs and require 3-4 people to assemble.
Another way to say this is that when you sell your home, your gazebo is staying exactly where it is.
It’s therefore especially important to be thoughtful and realistic about the size of gazebo that you can comfortably fit on your property. Because many gazebos with sliding screens are so large, many people decide to add an entire outdoor furniture set and/or a hot tub.
All of that is great but remember that with more furniture also comes more people and the need for them to move around comfortably.
Unlike open air gazebos, the gazebos on this list are closer to an extra room in your home. And an extra room potentially means another space to secure when you’re not on your property.
Thankfully, many of the designs above have a locking door(s) so that you can feel comfortable that your gazebo is almost as safe as your home when left unattended.
That being said, if you decide to purchase one of the wall-mounted options, you should carefully consider which wall to attach it to. The most important question here being do you want to be able to access the gazebo from inside your home as well.
If you do, just remember that the gazebo then represents another potentially vulnerable entry point into your home and therefore should be treated as such.
For many people, purchasing a hardtop gazebo with sliding screens is like investing in a sunroom that is separate or detached from the home. There are many different types of gazebos, and finding the design that’s best for you and your family depends on a variety of factors.
If you choose to purchase an enclosed option with sliding screens, it’s important to understand the many variables that make this design an exceptional way to enjoy your gazebo all year long.