How to Maintain Your GazeboMarch 3, 2016 by Philip Kessler | Be the first to comment »
Spring is just around the corner, and that means getting your outdoor oasis in order now so that you can enjoy the upcoming gorgeous weather. If you have a gazebo in your yard, or are considering purchasing one to add to your outdoor area, consider the following tips on how to maintain and care for your gazebo so that it is ready to be enjoyed in the spring.
Depending on the condition of the lawn area surrounding the gazebo, you may need to spend some time on weed control. Not only are weeds unsightly in an otherwise well-manicured yard, they can also help to literally uproot a gazebo over time. Consider removing weeds and any other unwanted growth in a radius of about ten feet surrounding the gazebo. Besides protecting the structure from harmful overgrowth of rooted weeds, this will also keep you and your family free of poison ivy and other irritating weeds while you are enjoying your time outdoors. Once you have removed the majority of the weeds by hand, it is recommended that you spray at least annually to keep unwanted plants at bay.
If your gazebo contains vinyl or any canvas, you will need to be diligent in making sure that it is mold and mildew free from being exposed to the elements. One of the most effective ways to do this is by washing down the gazebo with a diluted bleach mixture. You will want to make sure that the mixture is applied liberally all across the gazebo and that you allow it time to soak on the structure before washing it off. To wash it off, make sure your hose is set on a high power setting so that there is no bleach residue left on the gazebo, which could be harmful to children and pets.
Visually inspecting the gazebo at regular intervals is a good way to make sure that it is structurally intact. This means making sure that any screws are tightened and that none of the wood is splitting or corroded.
Especially if you live in an area with heavy rain or wind, you will want to take extra care to examine the roof of your gazebo. It should be free of any dry rot or holes that allow for leaks. Not only is a damaged roof unsightly, it can also be extremely dangerous if it is damaged enough to give way while you and your guests are seated under the gazebo. One of the ways you can prevent excessive water damage to your gazebo is to make sure that any drain pipes attached to the roof of the gazebo are directed so that water flows away from the structure and does not accumulate at its base.
A fresh coat of paint on your gazebo can upgrade its look as well as repel water and protect against sun damage. Using latex paint has the added benefit of helping to repel plant growth on your gazebo. It is recommended that you refresh the paint every three years or so.