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How to Weatherproof Your Gazebo

Updated on June 16, 2016

Gazebos are a wonderful place to spend time during the summer. A gazebo has the perfect combination of shade and fresh air, making the outdoors even more enjoyable. If you want to keep enjoying that great backyard space, you should take a few steps now to weatherproof your wooden gazebo. People do not generally think about rain in the summer, but now is the best time to prepare your gazebo for the winter months before it gets cold and wet outside.

There are a few steps you can take to extend the life of your gazebo. According to Orange County based Sea Point Construction, it is a fairly quick project and will ensure that you will enjoy that great outdoor space for years to come. You will need a paint tray, a paint roller, a paint brush, plastic drop cloths and wood sealant or an oil-based paint.

  1. Make sure the gazebo is clean and the area around it is covered with a plastic drop cloth so that plants and outdoor decorations are protected. You may also want to use a drop cloth on the floor of the gazebo to avoid drips and splatters.
  2. Mix the sealant or oil-based paint and pour it into a paint tray.
  3. Starting with the ceiling, cover any exposed wood areas.
  4. Apply the sealant or paint to the sides of the gazebo, covering posts and rails. While the roller will make wide areas easy to cover, the brush will need to be used in order to cover any small, exposed areas.
  5. Cover the floor with sealant or paint. It is important to remember that the spaces between boards must be coated as well.

For best results, apply a second coat of sealant or paint to the wood. This can be applied while the first coat is still wet.

That’s it! Once all of the wood is coated and the sealant or paint has dried, you can continue to enjoy the warm summer weather in the shade with a nice tall glass of ice cold lemonade.

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