I owned this model for nearly five years until the frame finally collapsed when we had a snowstorm and we failed to clear the snow from the canopy. I just purchased another today to replace it. I will caution anyone interested in buying that if it stands in direct sunlight as ours does you will likely need to spring for a new canopy annually. This wasn't a big deal for us as the canopies for the 2009 model ran around $80 each, and I just new to contact Sunjoy every spring, but it looks like they're now about $150 to replace for the newer model. Kinda sucks, but I think it's somewhat expected that fabric will only hold up to the elements for so long. If you plan on using yours for over 8yrs, then perhaps go the hardtop route as that's where I'd believe the cost would break even. I love how this gazebo makes our deck look and feel, and it provides plenty of shade and shelter for our rectangular patio table that seats 6. We ditched the netting after the first year since bugs would just make their way up thru the deck boards then be screened in with us, but they functioned perfectly fine otherwise. There's a hook in the center of the canopy from which you can hang a chandelier to make it feel even more like an extension of your living space. We bolted the frame down to the deck using washers and larger deck screws. That thing wouldn't budge for anything. It sat through storms, ice, wind and rain, and also withstood people and pets running into it from time to time without getting shaky or loose. When it did finally cave in it was due to over a foot of wet, melting snow. Honestly I'm surprised the canopy didn't give way first (whoops). The only other negative I have on this product is it tends to rust. We may try a clear coat on our new one to see if that helps, but really it's an outdoor structure so it doesn't bother me too much. If you live in colder climate and get lots of ice or snow, I'd also warn water has a way of trapping itself in thy bay window "panes" and bowing the frae of them out a bit as the water freezes and expands. Again, outdoor structure, doesn't bug me that I isn't pristine. Overall, I think this product is a great bang for your buck. It makes the space look like a million bucks for a lot less cash!
Full day and 4 people to put it up, enjoyed for 2 months, one strong storm and it was totally crushed into useless garbage. If you buy this...do not listen to your husband when he says it will be ok...tell him to anchor it down to the ground the same day, use big strong spikes or even cement screws or it will blow down.
This was so easy to put together. It took my me, my husband, and our 11 year old son less than an hour to put together. Less time than it took us to set up our portable canopy for the first time. I think it's a little pricey considering it has a cloth roof but after losing two canopies to rain (roof caved in both times) we were willing to spend a little extra. So far it's held up. The first time it we had a good we ran outside to see how it would hold up and it did just fine.
Memorial Day weekend my husband and son installed it in about an hour, it was wonderful, I loved it....for about 5 weeks. A storm came in July and it was blown over the fence into the neighbors yard, ruined. Some of it was salvaged but most of it was gone...Sears wanted nothing to do with us, so I called the manufacturer, Sunjoy. They were helpful in the fact that they allowed us to PURCHASE replacement parts, except, that it's September and I'm still waiting for 4 of the pieces. I've tried contacting them, but no response. One of the problems is that you can find the canopy replacement on line, but not the other pieces. If we do rebuild, we'll make sure it's anchored down better!
We purchased this item to replace another we had recently bought and were not happy with. This one is absolutely beautiful!! Easy to put together and looks GREAT in my backyard!!! So very happy!!! LOVE IT!!!!