Are all gazebos waterproof?

Although all gazebo manufacturers will no doubt claim their product is waterproof on the packaging, the reality can prove a little different. This can be especially true for gazebos at the cheaper end of the market, which tend to be made to a lower standard and with poorer quality materials than their more expensive counterparts.

But, since one of the main reasons for purchasing a gazebo is to protect people and possessions from the outside elements, doing your research on the most durable materials and their price points, rather than simply plumping for the biggest bargain you can find, makes sense.

What type of gazebos are actually waterproof?

Gazebos with the following features will be more water-resistant than others:

  • Lined polyester

This will be far more waterproof than a single sheet of polyester, which is often what you get with cheap gazebo canopies. Although polyester offers some water resistance, it does absorb a small amount of water, so when used in relatively thin sheets without lining it can leak. Properly treated polyester that’s lined with another material will be far more water-resistant and essentially waterproof. We line our polyester canopies with PVC on the inside, which prevents any water seeping through into the gazebo.

  • Waterproof coatings

Most pop-up gazebo canopies are made from the same main material — polyester. It’s the added extras that make the difference between a leaky gazebo and a waterproof one. Try and find out if the canopy has been treated with a waterproofing chemical before you buy — this will make it far more resilient in wet weather. At Gala we use Fabsil to protect our canopies.

  • Sealed seams

Silicon seam sealant can be used on stitches for extra protection on the most vulnerable areas of the canopy. Gazebos tend to leak around the stitches and in the corners of the canopy, but an extra sealant can help prevent it.

  • Protection from rust

It’s easy to overlook the weatherproofing of the gazebo’s frame, but if it isn’t waterproof it will rust and wear down, rendering the gazebo unusable. Steel and aluminium frames can be susceptible to rusting if they’re not properly treated. Look for frames that are powder-coated: this involves covering the frame with a polyester or epoxy powder, which is heated to fuse into a protective layer over the metal.

What are the red flags that indicate a gazebo will not be waterproof and weatherproof?

The factors that might indicate a gazebo might not be as waterproof as its manufacturer implies include:

  • single sheet of polyester with no lining or other protection
  • no water-resistant chemical treatment of the canopy
  • no extra protection of seams and stitches with sealant
  • frames that aren’t powder-coated

Can I waterproof my gazebo myself?

If you’ve had your gazebo for a few years and its water resistance is wearing down, you can top up the chemical treatment on the canopy by applying Fabsil. This will help to restore the water-resistant properties.

To do this you need to take the canopy off the framework, lay it down on grass or a surface where it won’t get ripped or torn, clean off any debris and dirt and then spray on the coating in line with the manufacturer’s instructions.

Will my gazebo withstand strong winds?

Gazebos are best at withstanding wind if the frame has been designed to allow flexibility. This lets the gazebo move with the wind instead of trying to hold its ground against it, which normally ends up in the gazebo getting damaged.

Our gazebos have a spring that attaches to the legs, which helps it move around with the wind rather than try and resist it:

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Most gazebos don’t have this kind of spring so are more likely to fall down in the wind.

Another factor is the quality of ratchet tie-downs and ground bars and how well they have been installed.

Take a look at this customer’s video to see how sturdy our structures are in strong winds.

How waterproof is the Gala Tent gazebo?

Our pop-up gazebos are manufactured to the highest standard and include all the necessary features to ensure it is as waterproof as possible including:

  • lined polyester
  • waterproof sealed seams
  • waterproof coating protection

The Gala Tent gazebo has a hydrostatic head of 6000. The hydrostatic head is a measure of how waterproof a tent is. A hydrostatic head of 5000mm means that a tent fabric could hold a column of water that is 5000mm tall.

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