If you’re using your patio regularly, you’ll most likely want to invest in some shade. Placing a gazebo on the patio seems like a great idea but how do you anchor a gazebo to concrete? Don’t fret, installing a gazebo on a patio is quite simple. Here’s what you need to know.
How to put up a gazebo on concrete
Placing your gazebo on concrete doesn’t have to be a mission. It is fairly simple if you have the right equipment ready. Let’s take a look at how to install your gazebo on a patio.
To get you started, set up the gazebo-like you normally would. Follow the instructions given by the manufacturer to assemble the frame and attach the canopy. Once you’re done, you can move the gazebo to exactly where you want it.
The easiest way to move a gazebo is to get some friends to help. Each person can grab a leg and lift and move the gazebo to the desired location. If you’re on your own, try setting up the gazebo exactly where you want it so that you won’t need to move it later.
Now comes the part that might be confusing you, anchoring your gazebo to the concrete or pavers on your patio. Fortunately, anchoring your gazebo to pavers, patio stones, or even concrete all use the same methods. Let’s take a look at what to do.
Gazebo securing methods without drilling:
One of the easiest ways to fasten your gazebo to paving slabs with no drilling is by using sandbags. You can buy special pouches to fill with sand or you can make your own. Simply add as much weight in sand as you please and secure the bag to the feet of the gazebo.
- Gazebo Weights
You can also buy special gazebo weights that attach to the legs. The weights can be stacked if strong winds are forecast. These weights don’t require you to do any extra work as the sandbags do, but you’ll have to transport their full weight.
- Gym weights
If you don’t want to buy gazebo weights, you can also use your gym weights. Simply attach the weights to the legs with some rope. You can then add and remove weight as you please.
- Heavy pot plants
If you want the weights to suit your decor, you can also use heavy planted pots. The plants will bring an extra splash of colour and look great for any occasion. Simply tie the gazebo legs to the heavy pots to fix the gazebo in place.
- Heavy furniture
Lastly, you can attach your gazebo to heavy garden furniture like concrete benches or heavy rattan furniture. This should keep your gazebo in place even in strong wind.
How to fix a gazebo to your patio
You can also permanently fix your gazebo to concrete patios. To achieve this goal, you will need a few tools and things like a drill, bolts, rods or rings. Here’s how to attach a gazebo to concrete:
If you decide to use bolts, you will need a drill to help you out. Most gazebos already have holes in their feet so you won’t need to modify anything.
Simply set up your gazebo, mark the point on the floor where the bolt should go and start drilling. Once done you can secure the gazebo to the floor with the bolt. Repeat this procedure for all 4 legs.
Do make sure the gazebo is exactly where you want it to be. Once the holes are drilled, there’s no changing it.
Just like with the bolts, you will need to drill considerable holes. Make sure to mark exactly where the holes should go. Once they are drilled, there are no changing locations.
Once all the holes are drilled and the rods are inserted into the holes, you can slowly lower your gazebo onto the rods. The rods will be permanent but that doesn’t mean you can’t take down your gazebo so make sure the rods are placed in such a way that they won’t be a nuisance when not in use.
For this method to work, you will also need polypropylene straps (storm straps). This method requires you to attach two to four rings to the floor. You will then throw the polypropylene straps over the gazebo and secure them to the rings.
This method should keep your gazebo firmly on the ground. Just make sure you attach the rings in such a way that they won’t be a nuisance when not in use.
Can metal gazebos withstand wind?
Metal gazebos are very heavy which makes them perfect for windy conditions providing that the metal is strong enough to handle the force of it. Normally, gazebos can withstand winds of up to 70km/hour if secured properly.
What is the easiest way to secure a gazebo on a concrete patio?
The simplest way to secure your gazebo to the patio is to use gazebo weights. They come ready to be attached and just need to be stacked to the weight desired. The only drawback is that they are heavy for carrying around when travelling.