Did your gazebo canopy finally breathe its last breath? Don’t worry, you don’t have to throw the whole thing away just yet. There are quite a few shops out there that sell replacement gazebo canopies. Here’s what you need to know to get yours.
How to measure a new gazebo canopy
Before you buy a new gazebo canopy, you’ll need to know how big the canopy needs to be to fit your existing gazebo frame. Fortunately, taking these measurements is fairly simple.
To take any of the measurements, you’ll first need to set up your gazebo frame. Don’t bother with placing the old canopy cover over the frame, you only need the frame to get your measurements.
For single-tier gazebos:
- Measure the distance from the corner to the apex of your frame
For this measurement, lower the legs to the lowest they can go. Use a measuring tape and start at one of the corners of your gazebo frame. Measure the distance between the top corner and the top (apex) of your frame.
- Measure from one corner to the adjacent corner
The next measurement you’ll need is from one corner to the adjacent corners. Start by measuring the distance between your chosen starting corner and the corner to the right of it. Write down your measurements. If you don’t have a square gazebo, you’ll also have to measure the distance to the corner on the left of your chosen starting corner to get the full scope of required measurements.
For two-tier gazebos:
If you have a single-tier gazebo, the measurement mentioned above is all you’ll require. If you have a two-tier canopy, there are a few extra steps to take.
- Measure from one corner to the adjacent corners
The first measurement you’ll need for a two-tier gazebo is to determine the distance between your starting corner and the corners to the left and right of it. Take your measuring tape and take note of the measurements.
- Measure the valance
This measurement will help you to figure out the depth of the valance for your specific gazebo.
- Measure from your starting corner to the vent opening
The next measurement you’ll need is from the top of your starting corner to the opening of the vent. This will give you the size of the first tier of your canopy.
- Measure the width of the vent opening on the lower tier
The last measurement you’ll need for the lower tier is the width of the vent opening. With these measurements, you’ll be able to select the best lower tier canopy for your gazebo frame.
- Measure the width of the upper-tier
Pick a starting corner on the upper tier. From there, measure the distance from your starting corner to the adjacent corners to the left and right of it. These measurements should give you an idea of how big the vent cover needs to be.
- Measure the distance from the corner to the apex
Your last measurement requires you to take a measurement from the starting corner on the second tier to the apex of your frame. This measurement should give you an idea of the depth of the vent canopy. With all these measurements, you’re now ready to go shopping!
How to choose a replacement gazebo canopy
Choosing a replacement gazebo canopy can be fun. You’ll get to try out new colours and materials for your gazebo canopy. Check our gazebo ideas for inspiration.
To choose the replacement canopy that will work best for you first decide on the following:
You will have a range of options when it comes to the colour of the canopy. It is best if you decide this beforehand to make sure it will suit your decor in your garden.
Another thing you’ll need to decide is whether you want a plain or patterned canopy cover. Some come with elaborate and stunning patterns while others are plain. Try to choose something that will suit your existing decor.
To choose a replacement, you will need to know the size of your gazebo frame. This is where your previous measurements come in. It will help you decide on the type of canopy you need and also narrow down some of the designs.
You’ll also need to decide what kind of material you’d like to use. Some canopy covers are made from durable material while others are thinner and look more like plastic. What you chose will depend on your budget and what you have in mind for your gazebo canopy.
That brings us to the last point, budget. What you can do with a replacement canopy will depend a little on your budget. Some materials are a lot more expensive than others due to their quality and durability. If you want your canopy to last a long time, it is advisable to go for the more durable options available.
Where can you buy gazebo canopies?
Once you’re ready to buy, you might be wondering where you can find a replacement gazebo canopy. To make it easier, here are a few places to consider:
- Gazebo Spare Parts
- Gazebos Galore
- Custom Made Covers
- Easy Gazebos
There are of course many more places that will be able to help you out, both online and in physical stores. If none of the places mentioned above suits your fancy, just do a bit of googling to find a whole host more that may be able to help you out.
Can you replace your gazebo roof?
A gazebo roof, just like the roof of your house, will need to be repaired and replaced at some point. The roof is exposed to the elements all the time, causing wear and tear. Eventually, it might start leaking and will need replacing.
How long does a gazebo canopy last?
Most gazebo canopies will last around 2 to 3 years. If your gazebo is used a lot it will be exposed to the elements frequently. This can weaken the material your canopy is made from leading to tears and fading. As it gets older, the waterproof coating will also get damaged. At this point, it is better to replace than to repair since damage will keep happening.
Are soft top gazebos waterproof?
Soft top gazebos need to be taken down before the rainy season starts. They aren’t as waterproof and durable as more permanent gazebos are.