If you have a metal gazebo, you already know that one of the best things about your outdoor shelter is that you are able to spend more quality time with your friends and family in the great outdoors. Indeed, a metal gazebo is a must-have for outdoor entertainment and family get-togethers. However, like a lot of other outdoor structures and furniture items, you will want to perform some basic winter maintenance on your metal gazebo before it gets cold outside.
As long as you take good care of your metal gazebo over the years, it will remain looking like new, even after many years of use. Simply follow the tips and information outlined in this article to perform some simple gazebo maintenance and properly winterize your metal gazebo — before temperatures drop and snow begins to fall.
If You Have a Soft-Top Metal Gazebo, Remove the Cover
You might be tempted to leave the soft-top metal gazebo cover on your gazebo year-round. Unfortunately, this is not a good idea, especially if you live in an area where the winters are harsh. The soft-top material on your metal gazebo is not designed for winter weather and can suffer damage if left outside for too long.
If you have a soft-top gazebo cover from Sojag, you can remove the cover before the winter months arrive. With your Sojag shelter, it’s easy to remove the soft top and store it safely away from the elements until spring returns.
During the winter months, you may also want to remove anything that’s hanging from your metal gazebo, such as bird feeders or string lights. Take them down before the snow falls and store them away until you're ready to sit outside and enjoy them again.
Regardless of the Metal Gazebo Type, Remove the Curtains and Screens
When the weather gets cold and you want to keep your gazebo looking great, it's time to remove the curtains and screens. This will make sure that they don't get damaged by rain or snow during the winter months. You can store them in a dry place until next spring when you'll need them again.
Wash and Store Curtains and Screens
As part of your winter maintenance, be sure to wash the canvases, curtains, micas, and screens on your metal gazebo. Use mild soap and warm water so as not to damage the fabric. Air-dry items thoroughly before storing them in an airtight container. This will prevent mold and mildew from forming on them while they are in storage.
Inspect Your Gazebo
Well before the cold weather sets in, make sure the roof panels are intact on your metal gazebo and that the bolts are tightened. If any of the roof panels have come loose or if you notice any other damage on them, order replacements now.
Also, make sure that your gazebo is secured to the ground. If you need to purchase additional hardware for this purpose, it's worth it because once the snow starts to fall, ice forms, and high winds kick in, you will want to ensure your gazebo stays put in your yard.
Finally, if there are any other parts of your gazebo that need replacing — such as lightbulbs or speakers — do that now so that when warmer weather returns, your gazebo will be ready for entertaining again.
Add a Winter Bar for Support
Just like you, your gazebo has to deal with all kinds of weather. But unlike you, it's much less capable of handling cold or heavy rain without some help. So if you want your gazebo to be ready for winter, we recommend adding a winter bar as reinforcement for the structure. This extendable post can be positioned against the roof connector and help support your structure during the cold season.
Use a Winter Cover
As you perform gazebo maintenance, you’ll want to invest in a winter cover — it’s an essential accessory for any winter-ready metal gazebo. If you use a winter cover, you can keep your gazebo in excellent working order for many more years to come. By protecting the roof panels and frame from the elements, a winter cover enables you to increase the life of your metal gazebo by protecting the roof panels and frame from the elements. Additionally, a winter cover allows you to use your gazebo as a storage shed during the winter.
If you decide to purchase a winter cover, make sure it meets all requirements for your specific model of metal gazebo. If you need any assistance choosing the right winter cover for your Sojag gazebo, we are happy to help.
During the Winter, Remove Snow From the Roof
Whether or not you use a winter cover, you should not let snow accumulate on the roof, as it could weaken the structure. As you perform gazebo maintenance during the winter, remove snow with a broom or a brush. Never use a shovel or an item with sharp edges because you could tear the cover or scratch the roof panels.
Protect Your Investment
Gazebos add style and function to any yard. They provide a shady spot for reading, relaxing, or just enjoying the outdoors, and they offer a nice place to host functions with family and friends in the spring and summer months. When winter rolls around, however, take the time to perform gazebo maintenance to make sure your gazebo is protected from harsh conditions.
One way to do that is by performing winter maintenance in advance of inclement weather. Maintaining your gazebo throughout the colder months is essential to ensuring that it stays in good shape so you can continue to enjoy it for many years to come. Have any questions about winter maintenance for your gazebo? Reach out to us anytime if you have product questions or would like additional tips for winterizing your metal gazebo and protecting your investment.