Do You Take a Gazebo Down in Winter?

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You might have thought of taking a gazebo down in winter because of the frost and heavy snowfall. In some areas, the wind is so high that you may want to take down your gazebo. Gazebos are outdoor structures; depending on the type of gazebo you have in your yard, you may not take it down in winter.

Type of Gazebo

Do you take a gazebo down in winter

Permanent Gazebo

Gazebo makers often build permanent gazebos with materials that can withstand bad climatic conditions. A permanent gazebo has a hard roof and strong post that can withstand wind and snowfall. You can make a permanent gazebo with wood like cedar and redwood; these wood types are long-lasting.

You can also use materials like metals and vinyl in building pavilions. Permanent gazebos are freestanding structures; you can also attach them to a house as an extension of a walkway. Gazebo owners usually build their pavilion, commonly in gardens, at the backyards of their house, or in parks. 

You can use a gazebo as a shade from the sun and a place for entertaining friends.

Gazebo owners can also use the gazebo in parks as a platform for bands and orchestras to play.

Many people think they can use a gazebo in summer only, but you can use a pavilion in both summer and winter periods. Since it is a permanent structure, you don’t need to take down a gazebo in winter.

Temporary Gazebo

A temporary gazebo is also known as an instant canopy or portable canopy, this type of gazebo is meant for temporary use only. Gazebo makers create temporary gazebos with materials that can’t withstand bad climatic conditions. A canopy or tent gazebo has a soft roof that can not withstand heavy snowfall, it should be taken down before winter. 

Tent gazebos are good in warm and sunny weather; hence they are used seasonally. A canopy gazebo is good for outdoor parties; you can use them if you are planning to have a garden wedding party.

They can also serve as shade in market stalls and shelter for outdoor hot tubs. If you are the type that likes having a picnic by the poolside, you can easily set a canopy gazebo by the pool and enjoy your meal. Temporary gazebos are portable; you can transport them anywhere you want.

Ways to Care for a Gazebo in Winter

Anchor the Gazebo

You can protect your gazebo from damages in winter by anchoring your gazebo before winter comes. Anchoring your gazebo will prevent it from being blow away by the wind. Gazebo owners can anchor their pavilion to the ground by using ropes and pegs.

Another way you can anchor your gazebo to the ground is by screwing the base of your gazebo post to the ground with a masonry screw.

Remove Snow on Roof

Watching the falls can be beautiful and exciting, but do not leave a pile of snow on your gazebo roof; the snow weight on the roof can cause the roof of your gazebo to cave in. You can protect your gazebo from damage by clearing the snow on your gazebo roof.

Waterproof the Gazebo

Gazebos made with good materials can still get damaged if you don’t waterproof them. Metals can easily get rust when exposed to air and water. To prevent your gazebo from getting rust, you should paint the metal or spray it with an anti-corrosion spray.

Woods can shrink, split and rot when exposed to water or moist; you have to prevent your wooden gazebo from rot. One way to do this is by coating your gazebo with stains or sealers like varnish and polyurethane. Stains and sealers repel water and will prevent the wood from absorbing water.

Get Rid of Debris

You should get rid of debris on top and around your gazebo to prevent the pavilion from getting rot or rust. Fallen leaves and sticks left on a pavilion can degrade the effectiveness of waterproof coatings. Gazebo owners can prevent their gazebo from getting damaged by clearing the debris on the gazebo.

Remove Furniture

Leaving your furniture out in the gazebo during winter can have an impact on the furniture material. Wrap your furniture with a waterproof material or keep them in your basement or storehouse to prevent damage.


You don’t need to take down a gazebo in winter; gazebo owners can use permanent gazebos throughout the year. A temporary gazebo can not withstand heavy snowfall and wind; hence should be taken down in winter. You should also anchor and waterproof a gazebo before winter to prevent damages.

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