Maintenance and Care of Your Gazebo
This lakeside gazebo has weathered to a beautiful tone, and will retain its natural beauty for years to come.
Vinyl gazebos are about the easiest to care for. They are practically maintenance-free, needing only an occasional cleaning with soap and water, or a mild cleanser.
For any wood gazebo, you should avoid situations that would introduce moisture into the gazebo structure, such as stacking mulch against the gazebo. Airflow in and around the gazebo should be plentiful, to keep it dry — bushes, trees and shrubs should be trimmed back so that they don't touch the wood, and allow sufficient space for air to flow freely.
Natural Wood Gazebos
Quality wood gazebos should be constructed of pressure treated wood that needs little in the way of maintenance. You can preserve the natural beauty of the wood by applying a water-repellent sealer to the wood every 2 to 4 years. Apply the sealer to all exposed wood, including the flooring, railings, and wood shingles, if the gazebo roof has wood shingles. Tinted sealers can be used, if you prefer. You can apply a sealer right away, to help preserve the new look of the wood, or for a more rustic appearance, you can allow some time for the wood to weather until it's just the right look for you, then apply the sealer.
Painted Wood Gazebos
It's best to check the cleaning instructions for the specific paint used on the gazebo. Usually water, a mild detergent, and a soft-bristle brush are all that's needed. Be very careful when using a pressure washer on a painted gazebo, especially once the paint is a few years old — it's easy for the pressure washer to remove all the paint. You'll want to repaint the gazebo every few years to keep it looking new.
Wrought Iron Gazebos
Wrought iron gazebos are almost as easy to maintain as vinyl. An occasional cleaning with soap and water is all that's needed. If you want to keep the wrought iron looking as new as possible, you can spray it annually with a quality polyurethane spray.
Screens and Frames
Wood screen frames should be maintained in the same way as the wood of the gazebo. Aluminum frames can be cleaned with soap and water. The screens can be removed and washed with a mild detergent and soft-bristle brush, then rinsed with a garden hose with low water pressure. It is advisable to remove the screens when applying paint, stain, or seal to the gazebo itself, as these materials are likely to stain the screen and may be impossible to remove.
Cedar Shake Shingles
Specially formulated cedar roof treatments are available, and are recommended by the Cedar Shake & Shingle Bureau for use on your gazebo's cedar shake room. Look for a formula designated as a treatment for cedar roofs, with water repellence, UV resistance, and wood preservative. It's best to avoid power washing your cedar shake roof, because it's easy to damage the shingles, so be very careful if you choose to use a power sprayer to clean the roof.