With the promise of warmer weather to come, it’s time to learn some handy spring gazebo tips to bring your outdoor structure back to life after a harsh winter.
We love the prospect of lounging in our gazebos with a drink in one hand and a kindle in the other to relax and enjoy the great outdoors. However, your gazebo requires a bit of tender loving care before you kick back your heels.
Winter takes its toll on our gardens, and stormy weather may leave behind a trail of damage. As the days get longer and spring begins to push those young shoots through the ground, we work towards preparing the garden for spring.
It’s the same for our gazebos, and by using these useful spring gazebo tips, we may prepare the buildings for the coming months.
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At least 12 major tropical storms hit the USA in 2020 alone, and 4 of those storms turned into major hurricanes. Consequently, you may find that your gazebo has sustained some damage.
Roof shingles remain particularly susceptible to high winds, and you may discover some loose tiles that need replacing or fixing.
Torrential rain usually follows the arrival of storm fronts, so, as the drier weather approaches, you may find mold and fungus growth in your gazebo. To protect the structure and prepare it for spring, you need to remove any mold and fungus and treat the area with fungicide.
Simple maintenance such as washing down the structure with soapy water and applying a fresh coat of paint or preservative helps prepare your gazebo for the new season.
You may also wish to remove any critters who decided to take shelter in your gazebo over the winter months.
Spring brings with it the promise of summer and warmer weather. By using a few simple spring gazebo tips to prepare your structure, you can prolong the life of your gazebo and enjoy using it for many years to come.
Over the years, the term “gazebo” went through several different names, including screen houses, arbors, and summerhouses.
Technically, they all describe the same thing, though strictly, the word “gazebo” describes a wooden structure with a roof used as a seating area or shelter.
We associate gazebos with those pretty outdoor structures that provide us with an open view of the land around us. Most gazebos use open sides, while some offer thin screens to protect against invading insects.
The traditional gazebo consists of a hexagonal or octagonal-shaped structure with an ornate roof, and you may see bands playing in larger gazebos in open public spaces.
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You may feel surprised to know that gazebos date back thousands of years. The structures’ original purpose was as towers or lanterns built on the roofs of larger buildings to provide a view, or look-out, of the surrounding area.
Gazebos date back as far as 5000 B.C where Egyptian royalty wanted to create heaven on earth. Ancient Egyptians built gazebos for their dead because they believed the gazebo left with the deceased to the new life hereafter.
Furthermore, Egyptians used gazebos as temples to worship their gods.
Archeological digs in Pompeii revealed compelling evidence that ancient Romans used gazebo structures for relaxation purposes. The investigation also proved that poor families used the gazebos rather than the rich and privileged.
It remains clear that we have enjoyed the relaxation benefits of gazebos for thousands of years. At a time when many of us find ourselves locked down at home, the gazebo offers us the opportunity to enjoy our outdoor spaces in a calm and attractive environment.
By using these simple to follow spring gazebo tips, you may continue to enjoy your gazebo for many years to come.
A gazebo offers us many benefits apart from the chance to relax and enjoy the view. Depending on the structure’s size, it may offer a place for outdoor family dining and gatherings. A beautiful gazebo can even provide the perfect spot for a wedding.
If you own a hot tub, the gazebo offers the perfect place in which to house it. The garden shelter provides the ideal enclosure for you to relax and enjoy a hot tub’s warming benefits regardless of the weather.
The additional “wow” factor of a gazebo adds an attractive dimension to your garden. You may also find that the structure adds value to your property. If you plan on selling your house, a well-maintained and attractive gazebo may clinch the deal.
Mother nature may prove ruthless during the winter months, so, as spring approaches, it’s time to prepare your gazebo for the finer weather.
The first spring gazebo tip may seem obvious. Clear the area of any fallen debris left behind by strong winds. This includes the removal of fallen branches and debris.
However, you may need your shovel handy. Last year’s growing season may see brambles and shrubs encroach on the area where the gazebo sits.
Consequently, you may need to dig up and remove any encroaching growth to keep a clear space around your gazebo of at least 3 feet.
Unwanted plant growth and weeds, including vines, may damage the foundations and integrity of the structure. Therefore, begin your spring preparations by removing all the unwanted growth.
A vinyl gazebo may prove the easiest to maintain as you work through your handy list of spring gazebo tips.
Using a pressure washer as part of your vinyl gazebo maintenance may quickly and easily remove any dirt or growth.
However, if your gazebo has shingle tiles, don’t use the pressure washer on the tiles as the water’s force may dislodge the tiles and cause more damage. Instead, use a brush to remove any dirt or moss growth from the roof.
Wooden gazebos require extra loving care to maintain their beauty and extend their longevity.
When we started our list of spring gazebo tips, we recommended removing any growth from around the structure. This remains particularly important for wooden gazebos because they require plenty of ventilation.
When we settled our gazebos down for the winter, you may use tarps to protect the structure from the elements. This provides the perfect environment for mold and mildew to take hold.
Consequently, you need to remove the unwanted infection before you proceed with any decorative and protective treatments.
You may mix up a cleaning solution batch by using 1/2 cup of bleach, 1/4 cup of laundry detergent, to 1 gallon of water. Use a scrubbing brush to apply the mixture over the area to clean the surfaces thoroughly.
Allow the home remedy to sink in for at least 10 minutes before rinsing the surfaces with clean water.
However, remember to wear heavy-duty gloves as bleach may damage your skin. Alternatively, you may use a proprietary mold and mildew remover. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to achieve the best results.
Avoid using a pressure washer on wooden gazebos. The high pressure of the water jet may damage the top layer of wood and cause irreparable damage.
Furthermore, the water force may remove any protective finish applied to the structure and weaken the integrity of the finish.
Once you complete the cleaning stage and allow the gazebo to completely dry, you may move on to the finish.
Painting a gazebo requires considerable preparation. You may need to re-paint a gazebo every couple of years to maintain a good finish and adequate protection.
A handheld sanding machine makes short work of the preparation before you apply your chosen color. However, the process proves hard work.
A transparent waterproof finish applied to the wood helps protect the gazebo and preserve its natural beauty. The clear or tinted finish results in a waterproof finish that repels water but allows the natural grain of the wood to shine through.
Whether you choose to paint your gazebo or apply a waterproof finish, preparation remains vital to success. Ensure the wood offers an excellent key to accept the finish, which may require plenty of manpower with a sander.
Make sure you brush away any dust residue and wipe the surfaces clean after sanding. Check the corners to ensure you remove any nesting critters and spider webs and remember that the cleaner the wooden surface at the preparation stage, the better the final finish.
Check any screws to ensure they remain tight and firm before you start applying any protective coat. Go around with a screwdriver and check each screw and replace any which may feel corroded.
Drive any nail-heads you come across back into the wood. Check for any damaged or split wood and replace the wood where necessary. Pay particular attention to any joints in the gazebo to ensure they remain tight and firm, repairing where needed.
Preventative preparation ensures the longevity of your gazebo. Repairing split wood and replacing any rotten timber at this stage increases the lifespan of the structure.
One of the first places to experience damage during storms is the roof. High winds, frost, snow, and heavy rain may result in the shingles working loose and developing leaks.
Check the roof for any loose shingles and replace any damaged ones. Water ingress through the roof may cause considerable damage to your gazebo, so ensuring the roof’s integrity remains paramount.
Also, ensure any drainpipes and guttering remain clear of leaves and debris. Ensure that drain pipes drain the water away from the structure and that the guttering remains clear of any blockages.
Clean a wrought iron gazebo with mild soapy water to remove any dirt. You may wish to use a wire brush to remove any signs of rust.
The application of a rust inhibitor may help extend the life of a wrought iron gazebo and help keep the metal looking good. A polyurethane finishing coat can help protect the gazebo against corrosion and extend the structure’s longevity.
You may have frames and screens on your gazebo to help repel insects. You can clean the screens and frames with mild soapy water and a soft-bristled brush. However, if you decide to paint the gazebo, it is worth removing any screens and frames before you start.
Removing any screens and frames allows you to clean the gazebo thoroughly without damaging the screens. Furthermore, when you apply any protective coatings, you ensure that every part of the gazebo receives the protective treatment.
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Whatever the construction of your gazebo, by adopting these simple spring gazebo tips, you can ensure the structure’s longevity for many years to come. Regular cleaning and maintenance reward you with an attractive environment from which to appreciate your garden.
Checking the interior and exterior for insects, birds’ nests, and rodents and removing them forms an essential part of your regular maintenance.
Taking the time to check the roof and ensure the security of the shingles prevents water leaks. A thorough inspection of nails and screws helps to secure the integrity of the gazebo.
Clean the gazebo with detergent to remove any dirt and use a mold and fungus spray where necessary to ensure a sound foundation for any protective finishes.
Check the guttering to remove any blockages and make sure the downpipes divert any water runoff away from the gazebo.
The application of paint or water-resistant finishes gives the gazebo a new lease of life. Consequently, once you complete your list of spring gazebo tips, you can sit back with a drink in your hand and enjoy a job well done.
Do you have any other spring maintenance tips for keeping your gazebo in good shape? Share your wisdom in the comments below.
Sean Kerr lives in Cardiff, Wales, and is a published author with over 10 novels to his name so far and still counting. As well as writing his next bestseller, Sean also runs a successful jewelry-making business and sells his creations online. You’ll find more of Sean’s excellent garden and landscape advice at LawnDethatcherGuide and LoveBackYard.com.
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