Planning on using your gazebo for an event or friendly gathering when the wind got up just as you were about to set it up? Now you may be wondering whether it’s worth the risk of setting up your gazebo or should you find some other kind of shelter?
Let’s take a look at the wind a gazebo can withstand and at what point it becomes a risk.
What Strength wind can a gazebo withstand?
The strength of wind your gazebo can withstand will depend on the type of gazebo, how it’s secured and its durability. Most heavy-duty gazebos can withstand wind speeds of up to 50-55 kph (31-34 mph) if properly secured. Some of the permanent gazebos can handle even higher wind speeds so keep that in mind when considering what kind of gazebo to buy.
For your gazebo to withstand these winds, however, you will need to make sure it is correctly set up and properly secured. Here are some tips to help prevent wind damage.
How to prevent wind damage
If you’re using your gazebo in windy conditions, it’s very important to secure it properly to prevent any damage. Here are a few things you can use to do just that:
Ropes and tent pegs
The easiest way to secure a gazebo from wind is by using ropes and tent pegs. Simply hammer the pegs through the provided holes in the feet to secure them to the ground and then use ropes attached to the canopy and frame to secure the rest of the structure.
If you would like to secure your gazebo against stronger winds, you can use weights or sandbags. Tie these weights to the legs of your gazebo to keep it in place. This type of weight also works great for areas where pegs are impossible to use like on concrete patios and paving.
Storm straps are excellent at securing gazebos in high-speed winds. Polypropylene straps have elastic ends that stretch to prevent the straps from ripping your gazebo. These straps are a great way to hold down your gazebo and give extra support to the structure.
If you have a permanent metal or wooden gazebo, you can use bolts to hold it down. This works quite well on concrete flooring where it’s possible to drill holes. If you have paving, the drilling will be very difficult or even impossible so you might need to consider one of the other options mentioned here.
How to safely use a gazebo in windy conditions
Gazebos can be quite dangerous in windy conditions if they aren’t secured properly. To make sure this isn’t the case with yours, make sure to set it up properly.
If it is very windy, it might not be the best idea to set up a gazebo at all. It is best to assess the situation, in this case, to judge if it’s worth it or not.
If you decide to go forward with the setup, make sure to get someone to help you. Ask the person to help you to hold down the gazebo so that the wind doesn’t take it away. People can get injured and property will get damaged if the gazebo gets blown away.
You will need all the proper equipment available to secure the gazebo before you even consider setting it up. If you don’t have what you need, get it or abandon the plan.
It is best to use a combination of methods to secure your gazebo. Using weights on the feet along with a storm strap, rope and tent pegs is usually a great combination.
Are gazebos safe in wind?
Gazebos are safe in wind up to a point. They will need to be properly secured to keep them in place. If the wind becomes extreme, the safest bet would be to take the gazebo down to prevent unnecessary damage and possible injury.
How do you strengthen a gazebo?
Gazebos can be strengthened using a variety of methods. Some things you can use to achieve this goal are L-shaped brackets, PVC piping and windshields.
What’s the difference between a gazebo and a pavilion?
A permanent gazebo and a pavilion look very similar and have similar functions. A pavilion has completely open sides whereas a gazebo is more of a self-contained structure, often complete with sides and a built-in floor. Learn more about different garden shelters.