Wind and careless transportation aren’t the most dangerous factors that can dramatically shorten the life of your pop up gazebo. 99% of a time improper storage causes serious damage that is hard or even impossible to fix. So without further intro, let’s dive in the steps you need to take before you winterize pop up gazebo.
How to winterize pop up gazebo correctly
1.Make sure that roof and walls are completely dry
If You leave dump roof and walls folded for a week or so, the fungus begins to develop. It is almost impossible to get rid of it.
Here comes the reason why we put this one as number 1- if you make this mistake then it is highly possible that you will need to purchase new roof or walls for the next season. So quite a serious and nasty stuff.
The most popular place for fungus to develop is inside the peak of the roof. So check roof not only from outside but from inside too.
The safest solution is to remove the roof from pop up gazebo frame. Then fold it and keep in a warm and dry place.
2. Don’t store the pop up gazebo in an unheated space.
A garage, a shed or an unheated warehouse means that your gazebo will be exposed to constant cold and humidity. Even if the gazebo roof and walls are completely dry, the fabric will absorb moisture after a couple of weeks. As a result, the already mentioned fungus can begin to develop and the consequences you know.
The second risk is exposure to a cold (-15 C and lower). If a roof isn’t removed from the pop up gazebo frame, in places where the roof is pressed between the crossbars it may form sharp tears. To protect your gazebo from such scenario it is best to store gazebo in a warm place and to remove roof from the pop up gazebo frame.
3. Make sure to clean the roof and walls before leaving for winter
If you forget to clean gazebo before winter be ready to clean twice as hard on spring. As dirt settles into textile it becomes hard to remove.
So even if your gazebo looks clean take a few minutes to clean it. Especially darker color gazebos where it is hard to spot some dirt.
To sum up.
In order to winterize pop up gazebo safely, clean your pop up gazebo and let it fully dry. Fold roof and walls and place in heated dry place. It is recommended to pull a gazebo frame little bit out and position it vertically.