How do you Anchor a Wooden Gazebo?
The procedure of anchoring a wooden gazebo depends on the surface you are installing the gazebo on. There are three surfaces where you can install a wooden gazebo. These are; on the grass, on concrete and on pavers. Each surface has its own procedure of anchoring the gazebo. A wooden gazebo is more delicate to handle than a metallic one.
It requires a lot of care and time that most homeowners do not have. Most wooden gazebos are temporary because wood is vulnerable to a lot of agents of destruction like weather and weeds. For example, you must lay weed barriers when installing a wooden gazebo on a grass surface.
Below we are going to discuss how to anchor a wooden gazebo on different surfaces. We shall concentrate on pre-built wooden gazebos that you can buy from any retail shop. A pre-built gazebo comes with accessories that help you to anchor it.
How to Anchor a Wooden Gazebo on Grass Surface
Tools and equipment
- Measuring tape
- Enough timber for the wooden floor
- Wood preservative
- Spirit level
Take the wooden gazebo out of the box and read the user’s manual. After reading and understanding the critical points on the installation process, measure the area you want to install the gazebo. Use a tape measure to mark the four points where the main frames will stand. Make sure you make correct measurements or else the gazebo roof will not fit.
Use a hoe and a shovel to level the ground. Remove stones and excess soil to make the ground flat and level. Use a spirit level to measure if the ground is leveled. If you do not know how to read the manual spirit level then use the digital spirit level. A level ground will make it easy for you to install a wooden floor.
Use the measurements you took earlier to cut a piece of weed barrier. A weed barrier prevents grass and other plants from growing through the wooden floor. You can buy a plastic sheeting but some manufacturers incorporate it as gazebo accessories. A designated weed barrier is more durable than plastic sheeting.
Lay the weed barrier on the prepared surface. Make sure it covers the whole area. Lay two layers if you are using a plastic sheeting.
Now is the time to install the wooden floor. It is a technical step that requires a lot of skills with wood work. Call a professional if you do not have adequate skills to do this step. Lay 4 by 4 posts on the weed barrier as support beams.
Use posts that have a rough surface to create grip with the weed barrier. Use 2 by 4 timber to cover the posts. Use a good hammer and nails to hammer them in place. The floor should be 3 inches smaller than the gazebo so that the gazebo will cover it.
It is time to anchor the main frames of the gazebo. Small gazebos have four frames but big ones like the 10 by 10 gazebos can have six frames. Have a helper to hold the frame in position as you tie the anchor weight on the frame. Make sure the clamp is tight before you release the frame. Use two or more anchor weights if you live in an area that receives rough weather.
You can make the wooden gazebo permanent by installing the frames in the ground. Dig the four holes in position then anchor the frames with concrete. Give the frames 24 hours for the concrete to harden before you install the gazebo roof.
Once the frames are standing in position, then it is time to install the gazebo roof. Use the manual because each roof design has its own installation procedure. Hard top roofs need more tools and manpower than soft top roofs. Take time and install the roof because the beauty of a gazebo depends on the roof design.
How to Anchor a Wooden Gazebo on a Concrete Floor
Tools and equipment
- A hammer drill
- A wedge anchor for concrete
- A chalk
- Tape measure
- A big screw driver/ drill screw driver
Measure the area you want to install the gazebo. Use the chalk to mark the positions where the main frames will stand. The frames for a gazebo that are installed on concrete are protruded at the base and have holes where the concrete wedge anchors go through.
Let your helper hold the frame in position then use the chalk to mark where you will drill. Remove the frame then use a concrete drill to make holes on the floor. Make sure the holes are long enough for the concrete wedge anchors. Most concrete wedge anchors are four to six inches long. Clean the holes so that the wedge anchor will fasten well.
Hold the main frame back in position and slide washers on the concrete wedge anchor. Put the wedge anchor through the holes on the frame then screw it so that it moves down into the drilled holes. Screw up all the holes on the frame then release the frame. Do the same with all other mainframes.
Now the main frames are standing and secure. Clamp the anchor weights around the frames to make it stronger. Use more weights if you live in an area that receives bad weather conditions. Make sure the weight clamps are tight enough.
Once the main frames are done, then it is time to install the roof. Use the manual to install the roof. Some roofs are complicated and they can take you two days to complete the job. Soft top roofs are easier to install than hard top roofs.
A wooden gazebo is a delicate type of gazebo that has different procedures of anchoring depending on the surface. You can anchor it on grass or on concrete. It is easier to anchor the gazebo on grass than on concrete. Follow the procedures above and your wooden gazebo will be standing on either surface you want.