How Do Gazebos Hold Up In Wind? – Tips To Securing Them

Man hanging from gazebo

There is many ways to help keep the frame down…

Are you wanting to buy a gazebo? But you’re unsure if it will withstand the wind in your area? Well, good news, it’s not as much of a problem as you might think.

Most canopies are known to be portable and lightweight, this brings the risk of them blowing away with strong winds, however, there are plenty of tough gazebos out there but we’ve also got some handy tips to ensure that your canopy has the best chance of fighting the wind.

We’ll get into the detail of what they are further below.

But first, let’s get stuck straight into how most fare in different winds, so you know what level of care you need to take to combat any issues.

Potential Wind Problems

The wind is a nightmare for events across the states but over recent years designs have changed to help combat the common problems, however, they still aren’t perfect.

We’ve highlighted some of the potential problems you could face at differing wind strengths.

Any wind can cause problems, especially with the lighter models, but generally, you will be fine.

Plus, if you follow our tips further below then you should have no problems at all.

Light

  • Tip Over
  • Hit a Guest

Medium

  • Tip Over
  • Hit Someone
  • Ruin Event

Strong

  • Blown Away
  • Property Damage
  • Hurt Someone
  • Destroy Gazebo

Right arrow with text "wind strength"

Securing Your Gazebo

So you’ve seen what can happen if you don’t properly secure it, now we’ve got the best tips to help you ensure your canopy is not going to move in moderate winds.

First of all, I’d always recommend taking the structure down if you know there is going to be strong winds as they are not designed to be used in this type of weather unless you are using a heavy-duty model.

Tip #1 – Placement

This can be critical for how your structure will fare in the wind, always aim to put it in an area where there are sufficient surroundings to help block out gusts of wind.

A few examples of these can be:

  • Trees
  • Houses
  • Walls
  • Cars

So don’t set it up in the middle of an open field unless the wind speeds are very low.

Tip #2 – Orientation

gazebo should be at a 45 degree angle to the wind direction

Structure should be at a 45 degree angle to the wind direction

Something that’s often overlooked is what direction it is facing, this can be the key difference in helping prevent wind problems.

Always ensure that you place it at a 45-degree angle to the wind direction.

This helps by allowing the structure to become more aerodynamic and will help split the air rather than try to resist its full force.

You can test this for yourself, next time there’s a strong wind in the air, place your hand palm facing to the wind and then angle it, you’ll feel the resistance change straight away.

To quickly test the wind direction:

“Turn to face the direction you think the wind is coming from. The skin on your face will be more sensitive to a light wind than somewhere like your hands. Keep turning until you feel that you are facing directly into the wind.”

Tip #3 – Weights / Ropes

Either of these will be very useful in securing it down, they will give it the extra stability it needs in all weather conditions as you can adjust it depending on the strength you need.

There’s plenty of items to secure your gazebo down that can be used to add extra weight to your structure.

It’s best that you have either of these items on opposite corners, this allows the extra weight to be more resistant to the wind, but all 4 corners are preferable.

If you are just securing two of the corners, ensure they are secured on the corner facing into the wind and the one opposite, this helps combat the wind more effectively.