When purchasing folding gazebo some will check the price, some will check the weight or can it be transported in an owned car.
But today I want to speak to You about 3 details that drastically change the quality of pop up gazebo. So what are these magical 3 details You ask? Well here comes:
Reinforced pop up gazebo feet.
Usually, we see 2 options- plastic feet for super economy class and metal or alloy feet for an already better quality folding gazebos. There is the 3rd…
So what’s wrong with the first 2 and what is the mysterious 3rd option?
Plastic ones you can break quite easily and these allow using only about 10cm long really thin ground stakes. Let’s be honest 10cm stakes barely hold down tourism tent, so it is quite extreme decision to use so small ground stakes for pop up gazebo.
The second ones- steel or alloy plate feet are quite good. However, there are quite a lot of situations when an alloy or steel plate can be bent.
If place allows then the second problem you can fix with a 15-20mm metal drill. At this point, you may ask what is the second problem?
Holes for ground stakes are still too small to put serios stakes through. Again it means less traction with the ground or in case of sand, no traction at all.
Meaning of it all?
Your folding gazebo will probably fly…
Third and the best option is reinforced feet. It is usually reinforced by adding 2 alloy ribs at the bottom of the feet. The second option is feet made from a mold. In that case, gazebo feet will be about 6-8mm thick that will make bending of any kind 100% impossible.
You will be surprised to hear that the most important thing will only follow…
In the best case scenario feet have to have 3 holes- 2 smaller ones at corners and one quite huge in the center (about 15-20mm in d)
If you are using ground bars for walls then you will be able to secure those easily by putting through bars and smaller holes ground stakes. The huge one will keep your pop up gazebo stable in a serious wind.
If using ground 40mm long ground stakes with thread then your pop up gazebo must stay motionless in winds up to 25m/s.
Adjustable roof tension spring.
Have you seen that In a time roof gets loose and starts to look cheap and gather water at sides of it?
Usually, there is no cure for that, but there is! Adjustable roof tension spring lets increase tension in case of roof getting loose. So you get a well-tensioned roof that doesn’t look cheap.
Ok is it really so important? For good quality gazebos, you may have to start to use it after some 2 years. The adjustable tensioning system will let you use the same roof at least 2 more years.
It means that under heavy usage you may have to buy new rood every 2 years, but not is your pop up gazebo have adjustable roof tensioning system.
Velcro with wrap ring for connecting the wall to a frame.
Can you imagine how essential can this small upgrade can be? Wrap ring takes a lot of tension of the velcro and enhances the looks of your gazebo.
In stronger winds, standard velcro gets ripped of the gazebo. For folding gazebo, it means that walls will form a balloon. It will look bad but there is more, much more- it dramatically increases the chances of your folding gazebo flying away.
Thanks to this small plastic ring it is close to impossible to rip velcro of the wall and there is one more bonus.
You can adjust the tension of the walls. Most of us will agree that pop up gazebo looks much better if walls are straight and well tensioned.
That’s all for now! When hunting your next folding gazebo take a look if it has these 3 details!
Wanna see a gazebo with all these 3 details and more? Check out “Stormbreaker V1” !