The benefits of having a gazebo to set up in your garden or backyard are numerous. Not only does it add more character to your outdoor space but it also offers protection from rain, sunlight, bugs, and other elements during the summertime.
But it’s critical to buy a high-quality gazebo that can easily withstand general wear and tear and harsh weather conditions. It’s especially true if you prefer temporary gazebos that can be easily installed and disassembled anytime.
However, accidents happen and you may end up having a broken gazebo even if you bought the best available option. If that’s the case with you, then don’t despair. This guide will help you to repair your broken gazebo in 5 easy steps instead of investing a whole lot of money to buy a new one.
Common Reasons Why Gazebo Breaks
Having a broken gazebo can be heartbreaking and it becomes even more frustrating if you don’t know how to get damaged. Here are a few most common reasons that can break your gazebo.
Harsh Weather Conditions
The most common reason why temporary gazebos break is harsh weather conditions. Although they can withstand wind and rain, extremely harsh weather can destroy your gazebo frame.
For example, winds with extremely high speed can bend the frame and hail can rip the fabric or even metal parts apart. Resultantly, you’ll end up with a gazebo that’s not usable anymore without going through the repair work.
Improper Assembly or Disassembly
It’s critical to follow the instruction manual carefully while setting up your gazebo and the same is true while tearing it down. You’ll need to use the right set of tools and the step by set setting up guide [Link*]. Otherwise, the chances of damaging your gazebo will increase.
Keep in mind that not all gazebos come with a universal frame. Therefore, it’s crucial to check if your gazebo requires a specific setup process, parts, or tools.
* How to Set Up A Pop-Up Gazebo? – A Beginners Guide
There are various types of accidents that can damage your gazebo frame, for example, tripping over while carrying a piece of furniture. In order to avoid accidents, make sure that you set up your gazebo in a safe spot that is away from pathways.
What Tools are Required to Repair Your Broken Gazebo?
Here’s a list of tools that you’ll need to repair the broken or damaged frame or your gazebo.
Sledgehammer: It’ll be used to reshape the bent metal parts or shape the new parts.
Steel Cutter: It’ll be used to cut and size the metal if you need to make your own replacement parts.
Vise: You’ll need to use it to securely hold the metal that you need to cut and reshape
Steel Tubes or Brace: It’ll be used as new replacement parts to support the broken frame
Drill: You’ll also need to use a drill machine to make new holes in your steel tubes or braces.
5 Steps to Repair Broken Gazebo
Once you have gathered all the required tools and materials that you’ll be using to repair your broken gazebo, you can start the repairing process. Most commonly the frame of your gazebo bends or breaks and we’ll be shown you how to use a steel tube or brace to repair the damaged section.
It’ll keep you from spending a large amount of money to buy new replacement parts or even a gazebo. If you have a gazebo with a damaged or bent frame, then you can use the following steps to fix it easily.
Step 1: Brace Preparation
The best material to use for your brace is steel that will provide enough support to withstand the gazebo weight. However, depending upon the size of your gazebo, you can also use aluminum or any other durable alloy.
You can buy these metal tubes from any hardware shop and you can also search through your storeroom if you’re a DIY enthusiast. You can find guides saying that you can use PVC pipes but we recommend you not to fall for that because it’ll most likely bend again and you’ll need to repeat the entire repair process.
There are some other benefits of using steel as a brace as it comes with rust resistance properties. You can also rust-proof spray paint to make it more secure.
Step 2: Create Holes in Your Steel Brace
Now you’ll need to use your drill machine to make holes in your steel brace. It’ll allow you to attach the brace to the broken part of your gazebo and provide it with the necessary support it needs.
First, you’ll need to carefully mark the right spots and use the vise to hold the brace. Then, you’ll need to drill holes in the marked spots. Don’t forget to wear protective gloves and face cover while using your drill machine.
Step 3: Attach the Brace to the Broken Part
Once you have drilled holes in the brace, you’ll need to place it alongside the broken part. Most gazebos have a hollow metal frame which means you can also slide the brace into the damaged or bent part. You might also need to use your hammer to reshape the frame if it’s bent.
You can also use an angle grinder if you have one to make the reshaping process easier. Once the brace is in the right position, you’re ready to jump to the next step.
Step 4: Secure the Brace with Nuts and Bolts
After placing or sliding your brace inside your frame’s broken part, you’ll need to properly secure it using nuts and bolts. Keep in mind that you’ll need to use bolts on both sides of the broken or bent section.
This way, the newly attached brace will become a part of your gazebo frame and will keep it in place. You might also need to shape the steel brace accordingly if you’re dealing with a curved section of the frame.
Step 5: Test the Repair
Once you have secured the brace in place and screwed the bolts properly, the next step is to test the results. You’ll need to set up your gazebo to make sure that the steel brace is providing the intended support and working as desired.
Preparing the Gazebos Damaged/Ripped Fabric
The frame of your gazebo isn’t the only part that can be damaged. In fact, the fabric is a more delicate part and even a small tear can lead to irreparable damage if you don’t address it timely. You can use the following method to repair the canopy fabric or sidewalls of your gazebo.
What Tools are Required to Repair Damaged/Ripped Fabric?
Depending upon the size of the tear, you might need some or all of the following tools to repair the damaged canopy.
Glue and repair table
Extra vinyl patches
5 Steps to Repair the Gazebos Damaged/Ripped Fabric
After gathering the required tools, consider following the easy steps listed below to repair your gazebo’s damaged fabric.
Step 1: Clean the Fabric
The first step is to clean the fabric thoroughly by using the cleaning solution and we recommend you use an oil-free product. However, you can simply use soap and water as well for this purpose. After cleaning, let the fabric dry thoroughly. Don’t start the repair process while the fabric contains moisture because it’ll prevent the tape from adhering.
Step 2: Sew the Ripped Part
The next step is to sew the ripped part or holes carefully by using a thread and sewing awl. Set the stitches to an appropriate length and if the holes are large, then use additional cloth (of the same quality) to fill the gap.
You can use a hand tool or a sewing machine to make the process faster if you have one. You can also use iron to press the ripped part to free it from wrinkles.
Step 3: Cut the Vinyl Patches
After sewing the ripped part of your gazebo fabric, you’ll need to cut the extra vinyl patches to secure the damaged part. Make sure that you cut bigger patches than the ripped part.
Cutting patches in a circular shape or just rounding the edges is advisable. The adhesiveness of square patches tends to deteriorate around the corners with time. You’ll need two patches of the same size and one will be used inside and the other for the outside. Ideally, you should use waterproof fabric, especially for the outer layer.
Step 4: Apply the Patches
Now you’ll need to use the glue to apply the patches to the damaged or ripped part of your gazebo fabric. Consider applying the inside patch first and leaving it until the glue dries. Repeat the same for the outside patch and that’s about it.
Step 5: Test the Repair
Once you have applied both patched and the glue is also dried, you’ll need to test the repair. Just set up your gazebo and pour some water on the patches to make sure it’s not leaking and voila!