No matter which outdoor structure you decide is best for your exterior home remodel, they’re going to require regular maintenance. Of course, different materials can reduce or increase the difficulty, but any outdoor feature is subject to weather conditions, unlike indoor projects (via Best Pick Reports). An arbor is probably the simplest to maintain because it’s the smallest structure, and will not need much except protectants on the material you choose. Metal or wrought iron will need a coat of paint to keep rust and corrosion out, and wood needs to be sealed. Plastic or vinyl will be virtually maintenance-free.
A gazebo, on the other hand, requires extensive regular maintenance, per Outdoor Living Today. You’ll need to clean it both inside and out, and watch for nests in the roof area. Speaking of the roof, keep in mind that for this outdoor structure, it’s important to inspect it for damage after any storm. It will need to be inspected twice a year for things like cracks, splits, mold, fungus, etc. For a pergola, we’ve discussed some of its maintenance, but according to Angi, they’ll need to be cleaned and sealed every two to three years. If you choose aluminum, this material will be the least maintenance. Whichever type of outdoor structure you’re considering, be sure to check out all the materials and styles available and their specific maintenance requirements.