Many protocols, ideas, and tips can help you achieve a level of security that your gazebo should have.
A well-secured gazebo is imperative, as it ensures that the whole construction will last longer, and it protects it from the influences of the always-present weather conditions.
Furthermore, the importance of security also comes into play if you live in the area with harsh weather conditions, and you are determined to spend number of hours in your gazebo, regardless of the weather.
If you plan on spending the time in the gazebo during rain, wind, or snow, it’s good to secure it as much as possible to be able to enjoy your time without inconveniences or worry.
If you need advice on which gazebo to get, where to place it, or you have some other gazebo-related question – you should check out some of the articles on gazebos that we have prepared on the okpatio.com.
Here are some ideas on How To Secure A Gazebo:
Many gazebos can be too light, especially if we are talking about tent-like gazebos. They can usually be additionally secured with stakes and ropes, but sometimes that is not enough to fight the windy weather.
If that is one of your concerns, make sure that you check out some of the weights for gazebos that are available and decide which one is the best for you to use and why.
If you already have a gazebo, take a look at your manufacturers’ website or online-store and see if they already have complementary weights available.
If you can’t find it on the website, try calling them anyway and ask because sometimes not all items are listed, and you may get another useful advice.
Make sure that you have at least 40 pounds of weight on each leg; if the need arises, you can easily add more.
Drilling gazebo to deck
Another option that is available when it comes to some gazebos, is that you might have to drill it into the concrete or in the deck, depending on where you are keeping it.
It’s a good security measure that doesn’t take up too much of your time and it saves you from the potential hazard – so, why not do it? The only disadvantage is that you won’t be able to move it easily if you decide that you want to change the spot of the gazebo, so think carefully before you decide on mounting your free stanging gazebo.
The screws usually come in the gazebo package, just like the legs of a gazebo come with pre-drilled holes. If that is not your case, don’t worry, you can drill the holes on the legs of a gazebo and get galvanized lag bolts with washers from the nearest shop. Make sure to put at least one bolt per corner so that each leg has four holes if the size of the leg allows that.
If you want to secure your gazebo in windy conditions, but you don’t want to commit to anchoring it with screws or buying weights, you can try securing it in the other ways, for example, with straps.
You can place one strap on each leg and tie to the nearest building, tree, or anything firm enough to withstand the force. You can take something heavy like a pot filled with bricks or the base of a cantilever umbrella – they can also be cumbersome, and tie your straps to some of those items.
Close it in the windy weather
This one might be self-explanatory, but forgetting the most obvious thing is a situation that happens very often because people focus on other tasks.
Every gazebo, in windy conditions, should be closed. If you have doors on your gazebo walls, close them or zip them; same goes for the windows; If your gazebo has sidewalls and they are taken down – put them up, it will help the whole construction to put up with the wind.
Consider the type of the gazebo you are getting
If, by any chance, you are here to educate yourself before buying a gazebo at all – good choice. But, before all that, consider what type of gazebo you will be getting. There are soft top gazebos, hardtop gazebos, tent-like gazebos, etc.
If you live in a particularly windy area, you should think about investing in a hardtop gazebo because they are very heavy and they are designed to withstand stormy weather and endure the change of seasons as, once they are set-up, they are usually not moved from the chosen position.
Another feature that will be useful in your fight against stormy weather is the air vents. If you are getting a gazebo that doesn’t have sidewalls or isn’t a hardtop gazebo, consider getting one with the air vents because they will help the flow of the air and the air won’t get stuck underneath the top of a gazebo and push it up, causing a gazebo to potentially top over or even fly away a little.
It’s always good to err on the side of caution. Gazebos are a wonderful addition to every garden, patio, and event. They protect from sun and wind while making a visual statement.
On the other hand, they can be effortless and, therefore, prone to movement in strong wind. If not secured properly, they can be hazardous, and there is a possibility that they may seriously hurt someone or damage the furniture, plants or the environment around themselves.
We hope that this article has provided some useful information that you plan on implementing in your daily life. Whether you have a metal patio gazebo, freestanding gazebo, hard, or soft top gazebo – there are always some measures that can be taken. Be sure to take them now and enjoy knowing that you did all you could.