Spending hours in your gazebo is really enjoyable especially in the spring to fall months.
However, with winter fast approaching you’re going to need to add an extra level of protection to help winterize your gazebo.
Wooden gazebos are normally soaked in a protective treatment/stain before going on sale, whereas, hardtop gazebos generally have a powder coating applied to the frame.
These types of coatings provide great levels protection, however, there are lots more things that you can do to protect your shelter ready for use next spring. To make your gazebo winter-proof, read below.
Remove snow from the gazebo’s roof
Whilst it may look very picturesque when the snow has built up on top of the roof of your gazebo, it is actually adding tremendous downward pressure to the uprights that support it.
Snow should be removed daily to prevent it from building up and to also reduce the continuous amount of weight that will be exerted to the legs and roof section and cause a collapse.
As the snow melts it will also cause dripping from the roof which generally isn’t too much of a problem but as the weather freezes later on it will cause hazardous slip areas and treacherously long icicles.
How to Remove Snow from a Roof
How to Remove Snow from a Gazebo Roof?
Check out these tips of snow removal that can be used on a gazebo.
Take Furniture Back Indoors
During the summer with regular use of the gazebo, we bring more and more equipment inside to add an extra level of comfort whilst we relax in the shade inside our gazebo.
Should you leave the furniture inside the gazebo it can easily be damaged by high winds or heavy ‘sideways’ rain that can be blown in through the sides of your gazebo.
Leaving furniture and other fabric materials outdoors can cause mold, rotting, and damage. Tables and chairs that are made of wicker will rot very quickly and when spring arrives they’ll be no good and you’ll have to replace them.
If the furniture or equipment you have inside your gazebo is too large then consider buying covers to protect them.
There are lots of different types of covers for outdoor furniture and equipment, such as patio table covers, bbq covers, as well as weatherproof outdoor storage container boxes that are ideal for leaving outside permanently.
Remove Curtains & Bug Nets
Curtains and bug nets are great for privacy and preventing mosquitos from entering your comfort space. However, should these get damaged by winter weather you may find it difficult and expensive to replace them.
It’s so much easier to be prepared and a step ahead of mother nature simply by removing them before the bad weather arrives. Normally, your curtains will be on a curtain rail where they’ll just need unhooking.
To store away, ensure that the curtains and nets are dry prior to storage.
Keep Clean to Discourage Pests from Nesting
A waterproof covering that offers protection from bad weather is an ideal opportunity for wildlife to take advantage of. Whether its birds, spiders, small mammals, and insects, these can provide harm to you or damage your gazebo.
- Remove food scraps
To prevent small birds or mammals, it’s first necessary to ensure there are no food scraps in the gazebo or nearby that could attract these in the first place. Normally, most pests don’t nest too near where food is available.
This is due to their own safety as the food may also attract other predators that may kill them or their young.
- Wipe Cobwebs away
To prevent or get rid of spiders then it’s just a case of looking for the web of the spider and then using a duster with an extension pole to remove it. Be careful, depending on whereabouts you live in the world, spiders can kill.
- Remove Leaves and Tree Debris
Apart from looking much tidier, it’s always best to remove any leaves, tree debris, or stones from around your gazebo. Another reason to remove the above is to prevent birds from nesting in the fame section of your gazebo.
You may think that this sounds odd, however, by not removing leaves and branches from your yard, you are in fact providing everything they need to build a nest.
- Wipe the Frame with Essential Oil
Citronella is ideal for wiping on the frame of the gazebo to prevent insects and bugs from nesting or taking refuge in your gazebo. Citronella is also ideal when the gazebo is in use from spring to fall due to the exact same reason above.
You can buy Citronella from Amazon and it can be mixed with water to create a spray where you can go around the edge of your gazebo spraying the frame sections or area that you think pests will hide.
Remove Tree Debris from Roof
If you own a wooden gazebo this is especially important for you to do. You should remove any fallen branches or leaves that may settle on the roof of your gazebo.
These branches and leaves will rot and can cause discolorization of the wooden roof and may encourage rotting in the roof section itself. With debris on the roof, further debris will then fall and accumulate until it becomes a real problem. It’s much better to try and remove fall debris as soon as possible.
Re-Treat your Gazebo
We have already advised that you spray insecticides to kill any pests that may attack the gazebo. Well, if you have a wooden gazebo, use a wood preservative to provide the wood with extra protection.
You can apply the coating in summer on a pleasant day and this will be more than adequate to help it through the winter. if you wish. There are a number of wood treatments available to buy on Amazon.
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Hardtop gazebos, also known as a pergola with a roof, will normally have an aluminium roof that is powder-coated and this should be more than adequate, however, once again there are sprays that can be bought on Amazon.
Pop up canopies should be brought inside around fall because these types of shelter are meant for temporary use and will not stand up to bad weather in winter. Leaving it outdoors will 9 times out of 10, destroy it.
If you’re looking to buy a strong waterproof pop up gazebo with sides that can stand up to bad weather then it should have, as a minimum, a robust powder-coated frame, heavy-duty canopy with a high level of waterproof protection and ideally, a set of anchor weights, guy ropes and ground stakes.