How to Secure a Gazebo from the Wind

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    Worried about your gazebo flying away this summer? While you might need your outdoor structures throughout the year for several reasons, Mother Nature can be ruthless at any times, especially when it comes to gazebos.

    Securing your gazebo in preparation for when the next wind storm happens is not an option if you want the structure to survive anything the elements bring or decrease the risk of your gazebo “breaking dance” with the wind.

    How to Secure Your Gazebo from the Wind

     

    how to secure a gazebo from wind

    Securing your gazebo in windy conditions is not hard and can be done in a number of ways. Thankfully, it is something you can do yourself and the methods are fairly straightforward. Here are the methods we will consider in this guide:

    1. Bolts and straps
    2. Attachments
    3. Threaded iron
    4. Pipes, ropes and PVC
    5. Anchoring kits

    1. Bolts and straps

    Using bolts and straps is one of the simplest yet effective methods of securing a gazebo. This method of anchoring a gazebo is most suitable for hard surfaces since you don’t have to worry about digging the ground. Most gazebos come with holes in their footplates for this purpose so you can drill an eye-bolt fixing 1.2, away from the sides of the gazebos and then use straps to hold it in place firmly.

    The process takes only a few minutes to finish. Additionally, be sure that the bolts are all square to the concrete if you’re going for this option; otherwise, there will be issues when connecting the footplates.

    2. Attachments

    This method offers you the opportunity to secure your gazebo from windy conditions using heavy weights, water butts, or vehicles for support.

    • Heavyweights: Using heavy weights strapped to a gazebo is the most popular method for anchoring gazebos down on hard surfaces. Any heavyweight should be strapped directly to the gazebo, try and avoid using straps to a weigh down a short distance away from the gazebo in case the weight moves and the strap can loosen.
    • Water butts – They’re light to carry on and off-site but make sure you have access to a hosepipe on-site and avoid using them long term due to the risk of standing water and legionnaires disease
    • Vehicles – if the gazebo is only going to be up for a short time (an exhibition for example) then gazebos are often strapped down to vehicles. Ensure you attach to a secure fixing that won’t cause any damage to the vehicle though.

    Alternatively, a combination of different methods can be used, you might be able to use tie-downs to a nearby grass area on one side of a gazebo and heavy weights on another.

    Do note that metal weights used to anchor down gazebos (generally horseshoe-shaped) are not heavy enough to anchor down a commercial gazebo. Every site is different and so the responsibility of ensuring the gazebo is sufficiently anchored down always lies with the people erecting the outdoor structures.

    3. Threaded rods

    When you are looking to anchor the gazebo especially with threaded rods, you need one rod for each leg in order to have a grip that is strong enough. Whether you are installing the gazebo on the patio or on grass, ensure that there is sufficient length of rod inside both the gazebo leg and the ground.

    Experts recommend that you go with a set of 24-inch rods. For you to attach the rods to the gazebo you need ½ inch drill bit on each of the legs in order to prevent the wood from splitting. You should then place the rods 10 inches the leg and drive the remainder into the ground.

    Remember to always dig deep. When you are using concrete footers, you should be cautious of the hole that you dig. The best way of going about it is to dig a hole of about 14 inches deep then pour the footer up to 12 inches. The purpose of leaving the two inches gap is to ensure that you have a base that is strong enough while at the same time enabling you to disguise the concrete beneath the gazebo. In place of a threaded rod, a 0.5-inch rebar can also be used as it can also effectively keep the gazebo in place.

    4. Peg, ropes and PVC pipes

    Although there are several methods of securing a gazebo, using pegs, clips, and ropes is one of the common method used by many. Here are the steps involved:

    Step 1: Twist and push tent stakes into the ground. Use at least four, positioned at the four corners of the canopy.

    Step 2: Use either bungee cords or thick, strong rope to secure the canopy to the tent stakes. Throw one end of the rope over the horizontal bar that is the edge of the roof. Do this at the corner. Twist some rope around the leg of the canopy to help anchor it.

    Step 3: Thread one end of the rope through the tent stake, pull up and tie the rope with a triple knot. Repeat these steps at the other three corners of the canopy.

    Step 4: Pour concrete into four coffee cans. Place the bottom of each of the four canopy legs into the concrete. Wait to dry. You now have four heavier canopy legs that will stand up to wind.

    Step 5:  Alternatively, pour concrete into four buckets with handles. Do not place legs in buckets. Allow the concrete to dry. Attach a rope to the canopy roof the same way as with the tent stakes. Instead of tying the rope through the tent stake, tie it around the handles of the buckets.

    Step 6: Pour concrete into PVC pipes for a third option. Allow it to dry.

    Step 7: After setting the canopy up, attach heavy PVC pipes to the canopy legs with small bungee cords.

    Step 8: Use windscreen sidewalls instead of tarp sidewalls. Windscreen sidewalls are made of mesh, come in different colours, and are relatively opaque.

    5. Anchoring kits

    There several anchoring kits that contain everything you need to secure a gazebo. These kits usually come with an anchor the anchor equipment and manual that can be used for specific types of gazebos. There are no precise ways to use the anchor equipment as they come with different instructions that can keep the gazebo steady in the face of strong wind and keep it from being ruined.

    What method is ideal for installing your gazebo?

    Where will you be placing the gazebo? You need to think about it. If you will be placing it in an open area and soil, you should go with concrete footers. These footers provide the best anchorage as you don’t have to worry about wind and other things that might destroy it.

    On the other hand, if you will be installing the unit on the patio or other paved areas, you should go for pieces with threaded rods. All you need to do is to take a look under the paving. If there is a solid base, simply drive the rods into the soil in order to anchor the soil.

    Conclusion

    Securing a gazebo requires some effort but it isn’t a complicated process as you can use any of the methods above to keep your gazebo standing after a windy day. However, remember to take cover away from the gazebo during the wet or winter moments as too much water or snow on the cover could lead to a roof collapse.

    About the Author Jamie Irwin

    Jamie is the Editor of the Windproof Gazebos. He's been known to assemble gazebos (for good friends) just for the kudos and has a tendency to hurt himself while testing them out in the garden. He loves long walks on the beach with his best friend Thor and learning how to cook (badly).

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