Our patio extends from a 22í-wide south-facing conservatory and needed shading. A conventional pull-out awning was not an option as the conservatory facia could not support the weight of such an awning. The Palram Martinique gazebo provided the solution.
The order was placed on a Wednesday, delivery was notified for the following Monday but due to a problem with the courier it didnít arrive until the Friday.
The packaging was excellent with plenty of bubble-wrap protecting the powder-coated metalwork. The assembly instructions were IKEA-style pictograms but easy to follow. The roof assembly can be done single-handedly and only 30-minutes worth of additional help is need to attach the legs. A point to note is that if the curtain supports are to be added as in Instruction 10, the long-sided grooves need to be plugged with Blu-Tack, otherwise the plastic fittings slide out when the assembly is raised. Donít be tempted to fit the roof panels at ground level. To fit the panels properly, the roof frame needs to be secured at 90į angles, otherwise the panels will not fit.
While the quality appears excellent, a proper judgement cannot be made until after several years use and a few gales! Palramís customer service is excellent however. One pack of screws was the wrong size and type but a phone call on the Friday afternoon before a bank holiday resulted in correct replacement screws arriving the next day. Compliments to Matthew.
The design is elegant, my only comment being that the feet might be better served by covering the cluster of 8 nuts and bolts with a plastic boot. It might also be a good thing to offer the gazebo in a choice of two or three colours rather than just the default dark grey.