At first, putting together a screened in gazebo may seem intimidating, but if the directions are carefully followed, in no time you will have the gazebo of your dreams standing in front of you. However, there are also some things to keep in mind that will help the process. This is particularly important because of safety precautions, but also to maintain the integrity of the gazebo for as long as possible.
Do Not Use When Raining Or Storming
While this might seem like common sense, many people may think it’s ok to set up a gazebo when raining or storming outside. However, what will happen is that the gazebo will be damaged in the wind and the rain – the gazebo is not suitable cover from the weather.
Don’t Use Excessive Force When Putting Together the Gazebo
If when putting together parts of the gazebo pieces aren’t fitting together right, don’t force it! I know it will seem frustrating, but what will be even more frustrating is having a broken gazebo that you can’t use at all. Instead, practice pitching the gazebo a few times before you actually need to use it, so setting up the gazebo becomes just as easy as tying your shoes
Stake Out Your Gazebo
Remember, always drive stakes into your gazebo, and pitch it in on a clear area where there are no twigs or rocks. By driving stakes into the ground you will be keeping your gazebo anchored and stabilized, which is particularly important when it’s time for it to be used.
Don’t Leave Your Gazebo Out In The Sun
Just like anything that sits in the sun too long, the color will start to be bleached and faded. Not only will the color fade, but more importantly, the fabric might be damaged. This can all be avoided by just putting your gazebo away after using it. So, remember, no matter how tempting it might be to leave the gazebo out, put it away after use to increase the shelf life of the product.
Don’t Set Up The Canopy On Steep Inclines
The last thing you want is to set up your gazebo and then have it tumble down a hill. And even if it doesn’t tumble down the hill, a gazebo shouldn’t look like the Leaning Tower of Pisa. You want your Gazebo to be symmetrical and on level ground after setting it up.
Do Not Barbecue Underneath the Canopy
This idea is actually pretty tempting, but it’s an extremely bad idea. Having the canopy that near the fire can easily lead to unwanted damage. Similarly, make sure the gazebo is set up a good distance away from bonfires or anything else that requires flames.
Don’t Spray the Gazebo With Insecticides
Some of the special qualities of the canopy include being water repellant and flame retardant. As much as you may want to keep away those annoying mosquitos, using the insecticides on the Gazebo will degrade its qualities.
Hand Wash The Canopy
When washing the canopy only use mild soap. Don’t machine wash it, and anything harsh like bleach should be avoided. Also, when done washing, make sure to dry it thoroughly so that it won’t have any water damage the next time you want to use it. You also want to make sure mildew doesn’t form, which can happen when leaving the gazebo moist.
While this might seem like a lot to keep in mind, most of it is common sense and putting in a little extra effort to maintain the gazebo. If these directions are followed you will have many happy and shady days with your canopy!