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Do I need to prepare my gazebo for the winter?

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Do I need to prepare my gazebo for the winter?

I have a steel gazebo in my backyard which looks similar to this and mine has the curtains too: Image

1) I'm wondering do I need to do anything to prepare it for the winter?
2) Should I close the curtains to prevent the snow from getting inside?
3) I assume it's ok to leave the snow on the roof and let it melt on its own?
4) The gazebo is placed on a wooden deck. Is it ok if some snow and ice ends up getting onto the wood all winter?

Sorry I'm sure these are very noobish questions...I've just never had a gazebo (or house) before. Thanks!!!
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I have the same set up. Usually buy rolls of plastic from Dollarama and wrap it around the entire gazebo. I do not know if it is necessary though. Actually I was wondering the same thing too.
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crystallight wrote: I have a steel gazebo in my backyard which looks similar to this and mine has the curtains too: Image

1) I'm wondering do I need to do anything to prepare it for the winter?
2) Should I close the curtains to prevent the snow from getting inside?
3) I assume it's ok to leave the snow on the roof and let it melt on its own?
4) The gazebo is placed on a wooden deck. Is it ok if some snow and ice ends up getting onto the wood all winter?

Sorry I'm sure these are very noobish questions...I've just never had a gazebo (or house) before. Thanks!!!
1. take off the curtains unless you don't care for them.
2. no.
3. yes.
4. yes.
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crystallight wrote: What would happen with the curtains if I just left them there and closed it just like the picture?
Start to rot come spring time. I have 10x10 pop up gazebos and the material after some time in the sun starts to fade. Imagine the cold and wind.... You'll need new curtains in a couple years if you leave em on.
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Darn, ok. I was hoping I could just leave them out and close the curtains because I'm lazy. I'll be sure to take them off...maybe I'll do it today.
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crystallight wrote: What would happen with the curtains if I just left them there and closed it just like the picture?
link on the link I posted and you'll hear what I had to say on the topic to another user.

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We take our curtains off and store in the garage over winter. Also have a support that goes in the middle in case of heavy snow weighing the roof down. We store the bbq and some of the lawn furniture inside over winter, there may be some snow that gets in but one side is against the fence so not too much and its better than leaving the furniture out in the open.
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Do not let the snow accumulate on the roof. Some snow, melts, some more snow, rain and then the collapse.
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Is it the same gazebo as in the picture..sojag? If so u can buy the winter cover for it and leave everything as is
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crystallight wrote: Darn, ok. I was hoping I could just leave them out and close the curtains because I'm lazy. I'll be sure to take them off...maybe I'll do it today.
The sun will bake the curtains, the wind and snow will shred them.

As another poster said, get a support in the centre. My parents have a fairly pricey gazebo and it came with a centre support for snow load.
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I leave my metal one out as is but remove curtains and store inside. Been fine for past three years. Still looks perfect. During/after big snowfalls (10cm+) I use a push broom to pull down large snow accumulations to prevent it from collapsing under the weight... just seems like good sense as a precaution more then anything. I got the canadian tire one. Instructions if I recall recommend removing a panel on each end of roof for winter and when heavy winds are anticipated... but like who's got time for that business LOL. #yolo.
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Pete_Coach wrote: Do not let the snow accumulate on the roof. Some snow, melts, some more snow, rain and then the collapse.
dbracer wrote: I leave my metal one out as is but remove curtains and store inside. Been fine for past three years. Still looks perfect. During/after big snowfalls (10cm+) I use a push broom to pull down large snow accumulations to prevent it from collapsing under the weight... just seems like good sense as a precaution more then anything. I got the canadian tire one. Instructions if I recall recommend removing a panel on each end of roof for winter and when heavy winds are anticipated... but like who's got time for that business LOL. #yolo.
Darn, not sure what I can use to get the snow off the roof. I mean, the roof is pretty high up...
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I’ve had a metal gazebo and never had to clear the snow off. Never had a problem.

I would definaltey remove the curtains though.

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