#1 Rain and snow are problems with softtops
Hardtop gazebos are often made of aluminum, metal, or baked enamel to protect from the elements. When it rains, the moisture does not affect the structure, and when it snows, although you do have to clear the snow off the top of the roof, the same holds true – moisture is no problem.
Softtops are different. Rain will dull and fade the top of the gazebo, and snow might take the entire thing down. Heck, even a strong rainstorm has the potential to knock over, break, or damage your softtop in some way – hardtop gazebos are always the way to go.
#2 Hardtop gazebos just look better
Softtop gazebos look temporary, like someone needed to construct a tent, but went with a gazebo instead. They’re flimsy, and by and large, they’re pretty darn unattractive.
Hardtops are different. The top is usually polished and just looks really good. Of course, the exact design will vary based on which one you choose to purchase, but any of the options on our site are excellent choices.
#3 Pricing differences in hardtop and softtop (MOST IMPORTANT!)
Hardtops will usually run you between $1,000 and $2,000. You pay a higher price for something that looks great, can be used whenever and will last down the line.
Softtops wull usually run you between $300 and $600. Although cheaper, they look bad, they’re flimsy, and overall, as long as you’re making the investment, you should opt for a hard top.
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