The kids have tricked or treated; the leaves have fallen; and Christmas has begun its siege on the American consumer. Yes, fall is in full swing, which means winter is knocking at the door — time to winterize a gazebo. It will lengthen the lifespan of the gazebo and keep it looking great.
Here are a few tips that can help.
Winterize a Gazebo by Sweeping
The first thing homeowners are going to want to do when preparing their outdoor gazebos for winter is to bust out those brooms and sweep up. Homeowners need to make sure that they remove all branches, leaves, and other sorts of debris from the outside gazebos’ floors, roofs, and walls.
Winterize a Gazebo by Hosing
Once the gazebos have been swept out, homeowners should get their hoses out and spray them down. This helps remove any surface dirt and hard-to-reach, leftover debris that might have gotten trapped, stuck, or otherwise caught between the gazebos’ boards.
Winterize a Gazebo by Checking for Mold
Once they’ve been swept and hosed down, homeowners needs to inspect their gazebos for any leftover grime or mold buildup, because if anything isn’t taken care of now, the problems can worsen significantly by spring time, and became a real threat. If any mold or mildew is spotted, it should be treated with mold remover immediately.
Winterize a Gazebo by Raking
Just because they’ve been winterized doesn’t mean the job is necessarily done. Gazebos also need to have leaves raked away from them, as they’ll cause rot if left there. This, of course, causes the wood to split or decay, which is obviously a safety hazard.
Now is the time to winterize your gazebo, when it’s still warm enough to get yard work done, but cold enough that you can’t properly enjoy your gazebo. If not now, then be sure to winterize your gazebo before the first snowfall.