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6 Ways To Secure Your Gazebo From Wind

6 ways to safely secure your gazebo and stop it being damaged in high winds

Gazebos are useful structures for all types of occasions and are good for the garden, camping, events and street food markets.


However being a temporary structure means there are also prone to damage in bad weather, particularly in windy weather conditions.


Its therefore important to keep your gazebo secure from wind to avoid damage not only to the gazebo itself but also to people and property.


So how do you secure a gazebo in high winds?


Common ways to secure gazebos from wind include using leg weights, rope and pegs, anchoring kits, polypropylene straps and threaded rods.


However the type of surface you pitch your gazebo on can often influence which one of these methods you use.


In this article I've therefore listed 6 ways on how to secure a gazebo from wind on both concrete and grass surfaces.




Different surfaces


Depending on what type of surface you intend to set-up your gazebo on will often influence what method you use to secure it from the wind.


Concrete


Concreate is a good surface to pitch up on as it is more of a flat and even surface. Common ways to secure it on concrete include gazebo leg weights and polypropylene straps.


Grass


Even though grass surfaces may not be as flat and even as concrete it does offers more ways to secure a gazebo from windy conditions.


In addition to the methods for securing gazebos on concreate surfaces you can also use pegs and rope, threaded rods and anchoring kits on grass.





1. Gazebo weights



Gazebo leg weights offer a very good solution for securing gazebos in high winds and they can be used on any type of surface (concrete or grass).


They come in a number of designs from cast iron weights that slide over the feet of the legs of the gazebo to sand and water filled bags that clip on to the legs.


Its recommended to have between 15- 25kg of weight per leg (60-100kg in total) to keep a gazebo safely secure.


Suitable for: Concrete and grass


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2. Pegs & Ropes



Ropes and pegs are another common way to to stop a gazebo from blowing away on grassy surfaces.


To secure the gazebo push the gazebo stakes into ground in each of the four corners of the gazebo a couple of metres away.


You can then use a strong rope or a thick cord to thread through the stakes and up to the cross bars of each of the corners of the gazebo inner roof.


For extra safety in especially windy conditions you can also add extra 4 pegs so you have 8 pegs and ropes in total for all corners and sides of the gazebo.



Suitable for: Grass


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3. Threaded Rods



If you are looking to have your gazebo as more of a permanent structure and do not intend to take it down very often then threaded rods are a good solution to secure a gazebo in high winds.


To secure effectively you will need to thread 2 rods per leg (depending on the design of the gazebo leg you may need to drill into the feet).


You also have to make sure that the rods are long enough with experts recommending to use rods 24in in length.


Suitable for: Grass


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4. Anchoring kits



Anchoring kits are another good way to secure your gazebo and stop it from being damaged in high winds.


Anchoring kits offer a similar way than pegs and ropes but are more secure as the pegs are corkscrewed which makes them harder to be dislodged from the ground.


To safely secure the gazebo screw 4 pegs into the ground for every corner and then feed the straps through the peg loops up to the horizontal bars in the inner roof of the gazebo.



Suitable for: Grass


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5. Polypropylene Straps



Polypropylene Straps, also known as "ratchet tie down straps" offer a very good solution for securing your gazebo in high winds.


These straps have a very high breaking point (the product in the image has a 1500lb breaking point) which means the weather has to get pretty severe before your gazebo gets blown away.


And because of the racket function you can make sure the straps get very tight so you minimise any slack that might cause the gazebo to shake.


However for rackets straps to be fully effective there will need to be a heavy fixed structure or steel rings embedded into a concreate surface for the metal hooks to attach to.


Suitable for: Concrete and grass


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6. Anchor to other gazebos



A final tip that I often use to secure my gazebo from high winds when trading at food markets is to use leg weights and additionally anchor the gazebo to other gazebos or fixed structures.


This can be done with bungee cord by tying the legs of two gazebos together (good for when there is a gazebo either side of you).



Suitable for: Concrete and grass


Related article:

6 Best Gazebos For Market Stalls



Related questions


Where is the best place to put a gazebo?


The best place to put an gazebo is on a even or flat surface such as a patio or concrete.


It also helps if it is placed in a shielded position away from the elements next to buildings, houses or fixed structures.


Gazebo sides up or down in wind?


When its windy keeping the gazebo sides up will help to stabilise the structure as you will not have the "umbrella or up-lift effect" of having the side downs.


However it all depends what you are using the gazebo for as items that are not fixed inside of the gazebo will blow away or fall over.



Key takeaway


Where you set-up a gazebo with determine which of the 6 ways you use to secure it from wind.


If you place it on concrete the main way to secure it will be to use gazebo leg weights.


If on the other hand you pitch up on grass you will have more options to secure it such as pegs and ropes, anchor kits and threaded rods.


And for extra safety you can also use a combination of ways to secure your gazebo such a leg weights and anchor kits.


The main thing is that when its windy to make sure your gazebo is in a secure position.

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