Waterproof Gazebo Canopy – Dry and Comfortable
When we think of having a gazebo canopy overhead, one of the natural assumptions is that the canopy will be waterproof. The truth is, waterproof gazebo canopies can often be indistinguishable from ones made of cheaper materials that aren't going to resist the elements very well, or protect you from them for that matter.
A waterproof gazebo canopy is generally going to be built from heavier material than non-waterproof ones. Also they can be more expensive, but not necessarily so. Sometimes those designer gazebo canopies, especially those endorsed by big names in the home and garden industry, are actually using low quality materials that will leak when it's raining, and wear out in a couple of seasons at most. Heavy duty or hardtop gazebos on the other hand are much more likely to be weatherproof. This can make them great additions to your garden where they will be exposed to the elements year round.
Do yourself a favor and make sure to look into the reviews for whatever waterproof canopy you are looking to buy. You can save yourself a lot of time and frustration this way, as problems will generally be easy to spot from other people's experience. Look out for people complaining that their canopy leaks or doesn't hold up to the weather, as those are two of the biggest problems that can strike a gazebo canopy owner.
Keep Out Pesky Biting Insects
Gazebos aren't just about overhead covers anymore. A waterproof gazebo with side panels is a versatile new take on the old fashion outdoor tent. Generally the side panels can just snap on when you need them and be taken off when you don't. In other cases, roll up panels or insect netting can accomplish much the same thing, without weighing you down too much. With the panels off or rolled up, you can enjoy the open feel and taking in the natural beauty of your surroundings.
Later in the evening though is when a waterproof gazebo with sides really shows it's stuff. Mosquitoes and other biting insects are out in full force at these times, and so having the sides down to keep them out is a real boon to outdoor excursions ... even if they're just in your backyard on the patio. You can relax in comfort and not be bothered by the pests that would drive you indoors otherwise.
While the side panels that get matched with gazebo canopies might seem much the same as the top, sometimes the materials that they are comprised of can vary greatly. Having a waterproof gazebo cover is great for keeping out the rain, but in some cases so can having waterproof sides. Naturally, drop down insect netting isn't going to be waterproof, though it can help to stop rain from coming to a small extent. More substantial waterproof panels can be a real boon when the weather turns bad, so if you plan on using your gazebo canopy as something of a camping tent on occasion, ensure that you get weatherproofed materials for them as well.
Adventure Outdoors with Ease
Not all gazebo canopies are created equal, and this is most obvious when looking at the setup procedures and overall weight of the structure. While some gazebos are almost immobile due to the complexity of setting them up as well as the weight of the materials, others are quite light and can literally blow away if not tied down. The lightest gazebo canopies tend to be pop up gazebos, which are much like most camping tents in how lightweight and easy they are to set up.
The problems with pop up gazebos are that to get such a lightweight structure means skimping somewhat on the materials that comprise it. Light (and thus not very protective or durable) canopies are the norm, and quality isn't as common as with heavier gazebos. A pop up waterproof gazebo may be somewhat hard to find, given the heavier material that the canopy is made of, but if you can find one, you will be well protected wherever you go.
If you are having trouble finding a pop up waterproof gazebo, pop up tents are another way to go. while there are subtle differences between them, mostly in the styling, their functionality is often much the same. Since tents are generally marketed to the more adventurous outdoors types, you may find that the weatherproofing of the materials tends to be better than with the home and garden focused gazebo canopies.
Also you are more likely to find strong and lightweight structural materials such as fiberglass or even carbon fiber materials. This gives you the heavy duty strength of a more substantial gazebo, but without the added weight. Of course those will come with a premium on the price tag, but can definitely be worth it if you're lugging around your pop up tent with you on a hiking trip!
Replacing Your Gazebo Cover
One of the realities of owning a gazebo canopy is that sooner or later, the cover is going to wear out. This might not happen as fast for waterproof gazebo covers given their better resistance to the elements, but eventually even high quality covers will need to be replaced.
Finding another waterproof gazebo cover can be a daunting process, even harder than finding the original. This is because not every model of gazebo has a quality replacement canopy offered. Gazebos can differ in small ways in how the canopy attaches, as well as the dimensions. Even though most models keep to standard sizes, they really aren't that exacting of standards. An 8x8 canopy for one model may not fit very well or at all on a different 8x8 gazebo frame from another model.
There are universal gazebo canopy replacements, but they are often low quality materials and instead of just fitting other models poorly, fit all models poorly. When shopping for a new gazebo, it's a good idea to bear in mind the need for an eventual replacement. This means inquiring about the availability and quality of the replacement canopies that are offered for your specific model of gazebo.
Another option is to go with a more heavy duty canopy, or even a hardtop gazebo roof. These can be difficult to match to the lighter-weight frames, but are a great addition if you can find one that is suitable.