Pop-up gazebos are ideal for temporary use as they’re so quick to build and even quicker to take down after use. They can also be used for lots of different types of events, as well as business uses.
With this in mind, you must be aware of the weather conditions that could affect your family event or commercial venture because pop-up gazebos vary in strength and level of waterproofing.
So, how do I make my gazebo stronger and fully waterproof?
1) Set of Anchor weights
Anchor weights or gazebo weights as they’re also known can be bought in a variety of different types. You can buy Sandbags, plastic containers that can be filled with water and screwed to the frame legs and also metal weight plates that hold the canopy footplate on the ground.
2) Waterproofing Spray
Pop-up gazebos vary in price. You can buy a gazebo for as little as £20 and the price range can go right up to £300+ and as you can imagine the features can vary wildly.
You have several options open to you, you can either buy a cheap pop-up gazebo and improve its waterproofing buy using a waterproof spray for fabric to help rainwater run-off easier.
Please bear in mind though that a cheap gazebo will more than likely have a much weaker fame than a higher priced gazebo, just think about that before buying one.
With a more expensive pop-up canopy there’s a very good chance that the canopy material is heavier-duty and will have a PU or PE coating to ensure that no rainwater can penetrate the protective canopy
3) Guy Ropes & Tent Pegs
If these 2 items are provided in your canopy package then I strongly recommend you always use them.
As I mentioned above, gazebo weights are excellent at keeping your pop-up gazebo anchored.
The weights do not stop the canopy from swaying in windy conditions, they will only stop the canopy tent from taking off.
The problem you have is that without pegged down guy ropes maintaining the integrity of the frames infrastructure there’s a very good chance that the frame will snap under pressure.
Tent pegs can be used to hold the guy ropes in the ground but alternatively, if your frame has footplates with screw holes in then you can push extra pegs through them into the ground for extra strength and sturdiness.
If you haven’t bought a pop-up gazebo yet then I’d advise you to look for one around the £200 mark as a starter. I would expect for that kind of money you would get a canopy top with high level of waterproofing, strong frame, weight bags, side panels, guy ropes, tent pegs and a storage bag.