Do you have a gazebo that got damaged in the wind? Don’t throw it away just yet, it is still possible to repair the gazebo frame. If you’re up for the challenge, take the following steps to repair your gazebo.
How to fix a broken gazebo frame
Fixing a broken gazebo can be very satisfying if you have the right tools and like to do DIY projects. Think you’re ready? Let’s learn how to repair a gazebo frame.
Step 1: Set up the gazebo
Before you can run to the store to get everything you’ll need, you’ll need to know exactly what’s broken. The best way to achieve this goal is to set up the gazebo frame and inspect it.
The most common place for a pop-up gazebo to break is in the diamond frame. The multiple joints that allow the frame to fold up also cause weak points in the frame. When a strong wind blows, the most likely breaks will occur in this area.
If you have a snapped joint, don’t worry it can be fixable. Simply measure the broken area to get an idea of how much metal will be necessary to brace it.
Step 2: Gather your supplies
Now that you know what is wrong with your gazebo, you can plan how to fix it. You will most likely need a drill, metal brace and some bolts and nuts. All of these supplies can be found at your local hardware store if you don’t already own them.
Make sure to get the right length brace since you don’t want to struggle with cutting it later.
Step 3: Fixing the gazebo frame
Once you have everything you need, inspect the broken joint again. You can either place the metal brace inside the gazebo poles or you can brace it on the outside.
Start by placing the brace in its desired location and mark where holes will need to be drilled. Remove the brace again and drill holes that line up perfectly on the frame and on the brace.
Once you’ve finished, make sure all the holes line up. Now you can use bolts to keep the brace in place. Secure the bolts in place with nuts. Test if the gazebo can still fold up like it’s supposed to. If everything works, you can now tighten the nuts.
If your brace is a hollow pole, make sure to not tighten the bolts too much. Crushing the pole will cause another weak point in the structure.
Once everything is done you can spray paint the brace the same colour as the rest of the gazebo. If that’s not important to you, consider the job done.
How do you fix a bent canopy frame?
A bent canopy frame can be fixed by simply hammering it straight again. If the frame is weakened it can be strengthened by bracing it with another pole. You can also place the damaged pole inside a PVC pipe to strengthen it.
Can a gazebo withstand wind?
Definitely, the strength of the wind it can withstand, however, will vary depending on the quality of the gazebo. Some gazebos are stronger than others and made specifically to withstand strong winds. Temporary gazebos usually don’t fare too well in the wind. You can secure a gazebo from wind quite easily.
How do I reinforce a cheap gazebo?
To reinforce a cheap gazebo try bracing any joints with joint branches or L-brackets. You can also attach extra poles to the frame to prevent any bending, use wind braces and make sure to tie down your gazebo properly. If the wind gets too strong, take it down since even good quality gazebos can get damaged in strong wind.