Gazebo Canopy Ideas

With all that a gazebo canopy can provide for you and your family, it’s easy to see why they are fast becoming a mainstay for backyard use as well as for outdoor excursions to the beach and camping. Lightweight enough to stow in the van or truck on your road trips, yet sturdy enough to keep you dry and comfortable when rainstorms strike, gazebo canopies can be a wonderful addition to just about any outdoors activity.

Gazebo canopies come in many styles and with a lot of variation in regards to how they can be used. Some are more permanent structures that are a pain to move around, while others can literally pop up like tents and are lightweight enough to take with you camping. Somewhere in this wide array of options is a gazebo canopy that’s right for just about everyone and every situation.

Protection Against the Elements and not Getting Wet

When shopping around for a gazebo canopy, it’s important to be especially careful about the type of canopy you choose. While some materials are great for some conditions, they may not be suitable for what you have in mind. Stay aware that many canopies for gazebos that are marketed as weatherproof are not exactly waterproof. Even those which claim to be waterproof may not be 100% so.

The best way to determine if the canopy is actually waterproof is to examine it yourself. If you can spot small pores in the surface, like is the case with many canvas canopies, it is a sure sign that even if they have been treated with waterproofing agent, that sealant is likely to only protect the canvas from the moisture, while letting plenty of it through to drip down on those seeking shelter underneath.

That doesn’t mean that canvas canopies can’t make great covers for gazebos, they surely can. They are especially well suited for hot and dry climates where the breath-ability (due to the aforementioned pores) allows hot air to escape up through the canopy instead of being radiated back down below.

Replacing Your Gazebos’ Canopy

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Given the lightweight nature of most gazebo canopies, it’s a rather common experience for the fabric to get torn or ripped, or have the stitching pull apart. This is generally due to normal wear and tear that your gazebo canopy can expect to take over the years. Of course with careful preventive maintenance you can help to prolong the life of your canopy, and it’s definitely an efficient use of resources to do so given the cost of outright replacing a gazebo canopy, but in any case time will always win out in the end.

When it does come time to repair or replace your canopy, you have a lot of options available to you. This is especially true if you have purchased one of the standard sizes for gazebos, and so can choose from a wide array of gazebo canopy replacements. Even if you have a less standard sized gazebo you can find replacements though, or have them custom made. The first place to look would be directly from the manufacturer of your gazebo canopy, as they tend to offer replacements for the specific models they produce. This is good business for them, since gazebo canopies will wear out much faster than the supports in most cases, so providing replacements gives them a lot of return customers over the years.

If for some reason your manufacturer doesn’t offer replacements for that specific model, you can check out universal gazebo canopies, which are designed to fit a great many different models of a specific dimensions. For instance, a 10 x 10 universal gazebo canopy may or may not fit every 10 x 10 model, so make sure to see if your specific manufacturer and model is supported if going this route.

Inexpensive Screen House for your Gardening

One less common use for a gazebo canopy which has a great deal to offer is to include one in your garden. With a garden gazebo canopy you can have a cool place to kick back and relax in on hot summer days, enjoying the beauty and nature of your garden. Certainly there are other benefits that having a shaded and cool area in your garden can provide as well. For one, it can be a great place to house a few of those shade tolerant plants that might otherwise not do so well in your climate.

At the same time, most young seedlings need some shade when they’re first getting established, and can definitely benefit from being protected from hard rains that might damage the fragile young plants. Because of this you will be able to more accurately provide the amount of water that is just right for your seedlings. The protection from the rain also means that you don’t have to worry so much about disease striking the plants early on. This is because a lot of the diseases that attack seedlings are soil borne, and need to be carried to the leaves by rain splashes.

Perhaps the biggest benefit that you can see from having a gazebo canopy for your garden is the ability to install side panels or drop down insect screens to your canopy. By doing this you can protect some of your more delicate plants from the dangers posed to them by insect pests. While most standard netting isn’t going to keep out whiteflies, they do very well against moths that cause the caterpillar infestations that can devastate gardens if not taken care of.

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