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Gazebo Canopy Care and Maintenance

Posted on August 12, 2021 at 8:21 am

Gazebo Canopy Care

What is a gazebo canopy?

Quite simply, a gazebo canopy is the fabric roof which sits on top of the metal frame of a gazebo. The material is most commonly canvas or polyester, making the structure lightweight and easily portable – ideal for when you’re in need of portable shade at short notice.

Gazebo canopies typically last up to 2-3 years with the proper care and maintenance, giving you multiple summers to relax under its shade. However, whilst the canopy does a brilliant job of protecting you from the elements, this does mean that the material is constantly taking the brunt of adverse weather conditions.

If you’re not looking after your canopy, consistent sun, wind and rain can tear or diminish the colour of the material and you may be needing a replacement much sooner than expected.

Whether you’ve recently purchased a new gazebo or you’re looking for advice for an existing canopy, we’ve compiled our expert maintenance advice into this detailed guide. Read on to find out more.

 

How to correctly assemble and disassemble your canopy

 

Great canopy care starts with the correct assembly of the material over the frame. Not only will you need to assemble the canopy once you’ve first purchased your gazebo, you’ll also need to remove and reassemble the canopy to properly clean the fabric, for repair work or, crucially, to store it away over the winter months.

How to put up a gazebo canopy

Avoid unnecessary stretching and tears by taking the time to carefully put on the canopy. Any quality gazebo should be easily assembled with the provision of easy to understand instructions. In fact, most of our gazebos can be put up in under 60 seconds with just two people!

To put up a gazebo canopy, make sure the frame has first been partially extended and then carefully place the material over, aligning three of the four corners. You can then fully extend the frame, lock the slider bracket into place and, finally, pull over the remaining corner of the canopy.

Make some final adjustments by pulling down the canopy over the frame until it’s secure on all sides.

Top Tip: When anchoring down your gazebo, anchor the straps to the metal frame and not the canopy. This will stop the fabric from ripping in severe winds.

Taking down and storing the canopy

Gazebo canopies are not designed to be left out all year long, as adverse weather, such as wind, rain and snow, can cause irreparable damage. Pools of water or snow can stretch the canvas, weakening the material and causing tears, and strong wind can cause the gazebo to uplift. Even long periods of intense sunshine can lead to discolouration.

Essentially, all you need to do is the reverse of putting up your canopy – it’s that easy! Just be careful of trapping the canopy (or your fingers) when folding the metal frame inwards.

You’ll then want to take care when storing the canopy to make sure the material is as good as new, ready for your next garden party, BBQ or event.

Canopy storage tips:

  • Make sure the fabric isn’t wet, as this can cause discolouration or mould
  • Fold the canopy following its natural creases and folds to avoid damage
  • Use a gazebo storage bag for protection

 

How to clean a canvas gazebo canopy

 

No matter where your gazebo is placed, it will need cleaning from time to time. From debris and dirt to mould and mildew, a material roof is bound to get dirty when left outside in the elements.

When it comes to cleaning a canvas canopy, or any other material, our best advice couldn’t be more simple:

  • Wipe away marks immediately to avoid stains
  • Remove sap and debris as soon as they are noticed
  • Remove and wash the canvas with soapy water and a soft scrubbing brush
  • Hose down the material with clean water to remove any soapy residue
  • Leave to dry completely before storing away

 

Cleaning your canopy doesn’t have to be a long, painful process, but it does need to happen between 1-2 times a year to make sure you can use it again the following year.

Top Tip: Stay away from bleach, pressure washers, steam cleaners and washing machines. These can cause damage to the material, stitching and waterproofing.

Hose Cleaning a Gazebo Canopy

How to repair a gazebo canopy

If you have noticed a minor tear or rip in your canopy, you may be able to repair this without having to purchase a replacement.

Make sure to cut away any loose threads from the tear and clean the area. You can then apply a suitable patch tape, seam grip or sew a patch of material over the rip. Make sure to test this thoroughly before putting the canopy back up to ensure a replacement is not necessary.

Top Tip: Be aware that tears and holes are often the result of transporting the canopy whilst it’s still attached to the metal frame. We strongly recommend always removing the material before transporting a gazebo – it only takes a minute to reassemble and will save you time and money on repair work!

 

How to waterproof a gazebo canopy

 

You’ll find waterproof coating on our waterproof pop up gazebos, meaning they are perfect for all seasons throughout the year. If your gazebo canopy does not come with all-season protection, you’ll be glad to know you can do this yourself with a suitable waterproof spray.

Firstly, you’ll need to remove the canopy and make sure it is clean. If you have washed the material, leave it to dry completely before moving onto the next step.

Use the can of waterproof spray to cover the entire canopy. You’ll want to hold the can at an angle about 8 inches away from the material to get the best coverage. We recommend applying two coats to ensure your canopy is fully protected. Leave it to dry, then repeat the process on the other side of the fabric.

Once dry, you can then put the waterproof canopy back onto the frame.

Gazebo Canopy Waterproofing

Summary

If you follow our advice in this guide, you’ll be well on your way to extending the lifespan of your gazebo canopy. Of course, you cannot control the weather and accidents do happen, however providing regular maintenance and care will undoubtedly give you more time to enjoy your existing canopy year after year.

Key takeaways:

  • Take down your canopy when not in use, especially over the winter months, to avoid unnecessary weather damage
  • Clean the canopy 1-2 times a year using a mild solution of soapy water and a soft brush
  • Always make sure the canopy is completely dry before storing it away to stop mould
  • Quickly act on repairs as soon as you notice the damage
  • Choose a quality gazebo made from durable materials from the very start to save you hassle in the long run