For many homeowners, their gazebo is a favorite spot to enjoy a nice afternoon outside in their backyard during those warm and sunny summer months.
These structures will remain outside all year long, and so making sure it has the protection it needs from cold, wind, and snow will make a huge difference in how long your gazebo will last.
Winterizing your gazebo correctly will be absolutely essential, but most gazebo owners are unsure of what steps need to be taken to get this done.
How to Winterize Your Gazebo?
Remove All Furniture
Do you have a tremendous number of chairs or tables out in your gazebo? Then, it’s time to get them wrapped up and into the garage or storage shed.
Leaving furniture outside in your gazebo will impact the lifespan of the furniture but also cause damage to the structural integrity of the gazebo if they get buffeted around inside.
Get Rid of Debris
Fall can be one of the most beautiful seasons all around the world, but those stunning fallen leaves can be a real problem for gazebos.
Make sure you take the time to rake up all of the fallen leaves and other debris, such as sticks and even dirt that can collect around, within and on top of the structure.
Leaving these materials will definitely cause damage, particularly if your gazebo is made from wood which can easily rot when left exposed to these materials.
Leaving fallen leaves on top of the canopy material of a soft-top gazebo can also cause degradation of the level of waterproofing.
The leaves will rot and reduce the effectiveness of the PU coating on the fabric that waterproofs the material of the canopy.
Remove Cobwebs and Wipe Down Structure
Another important step to winterizing your gazebo will be to remove all the cobwebs you can find and give the entire structure a good clean.
This will help ensure that you don’t have any pests or critters turning your gazebo into their own winter home.
Remove Snow From the Roof
While watching the snow pile up on top of your gazebo might feel like a beautiful photo-op.
The reality is that this melting snow can cause serious structural damage regardless of what kind of material your gazebo is made from.
Making sure that you go and remove all the snow that collects on top of your structure will be incredibly important.
As the snow melts, that water will be absorbed by your gazebo and cause rotting or rusting that could destroy its integrity.
The weight of the snow could also buckle the frame legs or cause the roof to collapse under the sheer weight of it.
Compacted snow on top of the canopy will also take much longer to melt and will cause problems for longer.
Use Bungee Cords to Tie Down
In some states, it can get really windy so it may be worth using bungee cords to help tie your gazebo down. Are there areas that could do with just a helping hand so they don’t flap around?
Treat Your Gazebo Before Winter Arrives
If you’re a concerned wooden gazebo owner then a decent wood preservative would be ideal to apply during the summer months.
This ensures that you give the wood the best chance you can to survive the snow and freezing cold winds.
For metal gazebos, you can also buy anti-corrosion sprays that can help you keep the steel frames integrity intact and help prevent rusting.
If you own a pop-up canopy, then it’s time you brought it back inside, ready to use again in the summer.
It is not advisable to leave an instant shelter or pop up canopy outdoors through winter, although some people do…
The same applies to a soft-top too but when it comes to a hardtop gazebo, they can be left outdoors as generally, they are more difficult to keep taking down every time the weather turns bad.