If you own a Gazebo, it is probably the place within your compound where you like to relax, for most those kind seasons of the year. This spot is most enjoyable during the summer when the sun shines bright high in the sky. However, when winter comes, you are probably not going to get your gazebo into the house with you, so you need to prepare it to survive the harsh winds and the storms. In case you don’t know how to go about that, follow my guide to help you winterize your gazebo.
What do I need to do to winterize my gazebo?
Follow this guide to get your gazebo adequately prepared to face the next winter. If you are not going to do it yourself, use this checklist to ensure that whomever you hire is doing the job correctly.
Remove snow from the gazebo’s roof
Well, you probably think of the beautiful sight it creates to see the snow falling onto the roof of the gazebo. We love that too. Still, we wouldn’t advise you to keep the snow at the expense of your roof. When the snow melts, the water that runs off is likely to damage your roof. It may not matter what material it is made off, as such. Furthermore, if you let a lot of the snow pile up, the roof becomes too heavy for the frame of the gazebo, and it may end up collapsing.
Remove the movables from the gazebo
If you have a lot of things that you can carry off the gazebo, go ahead and remove them before winter. Sometimes people have a lot of furniture in the structures out of their house. Carrying those tables and chairs inside not only protects the gazebo from the damage resulting from the weight over a long time, but it also protects the furniture from the harsh storms and winds.
Get rid of pests
Pests and other critters, just like you, feel the harshness of winter. They will seek to have their own winter home, and sometimes they will find your gazebo suitable. Well, we wouldn’t be concerned with them very much because they deserve a shelter too. However, they will most likely eat into the structure of the gazebo, so you need to get rid of them. Remove all cobwebs in the structure. If there is already an infestation, then you may need to spray the gazebo with insecticide.
Remove all debris around the gazebo
The chances are that you have your gazebo around a serene environment with trees. It is probably made of wood, too. A lot of leaves and sticks are going to fall off during autumn and spring. These leaves and branches will then rot in the shades that the very trees provide, and this is not good news for your gazebo. The leaves that fall onto the canopy will reduce the waterproof ability of the wood. You don’t want this happening because the wood that forms your recreational structure will probably rot away during the winter. This rotting will accelerate because the rotting leaves and sticks retain a lot of dirt as well. So take out a rake and collect all the debris together and transfer them to the garden.
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 give them a long life. You need to give the wood this kind of boost during the sunny summers; so that the wood remains in the best conditions to face winter. In case you own a gazebo made of metal, and you are wondering if there is something you can do to preserve it. The answer is yes! During winter, the metal framework of your gazebo is going to be in danger from corrosion. Use anti-corrosion sprays. They prevent the metal from coming into direct contact with water and air, by so doing they prevent rusting.
If your gazebo is that of a pop-up canopy, we recommend that you take it inside after the summer is over. Canopy gazebos, especially the canvas and vinyl ones, are mostly affected by the molds and mildew. If given the time, like during winter, the growths will most likely tear away your canopy. Yet, you can prevent this by taking the canopy inside so that it lasts for a few more years. The same applies to any soft-top gazebo. These you have to prevent from snow as well. A hard-top will give you a rough time transferring in and out every season so you can leave it out; it will survive the winter. If, however, you have a way to get it under some shelter, then please do so because that will help it last even longer.
Tie down your gazebo
Some areas are going to get far windier than others. In case your gazebo is going to flap into tearing, bungee cords help a great deal to hold down the gazebo. However, there are other options. You only have to pick the option that best fits your gazebo’s material. If you bought your gazebo with holes in its footplates, drill an eye-bolt fixing 1.2, and use straps to hold the structure down. You can also use attachments to hold off the gazebo against the wind. Heavyweights, water butts and even vehicles come in handy. Note that you can always use a combination of any two of these solutions to tie down your gazebo. There is no problem using heavyweight on one side and a vehicle on another.
Our list in this article covers a lot of the information that you need to protect your gazebo from the harsh weather that comes with winter. Start by removing the snow on your gazebo and the furniture inside. By the time you get to the process of treating the gazebo and holding it down, you will have taken excellent care of your gazebo. If you follow our advice, you are going to have your gazebo in the same condition it is in now during the next summer. Well, if you ignore this, you could be on your way to buy a new gazebo when the winter comes to an end. Nature, too, is sometimes harsh so protect your gazebo!