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What Is A Pop Up Gazebo?

By Mark Parkins

A pop up gazebo is used to protect you from the rain, sun and insects, or simply when enjoying the great outdoors with loved ones. A couple of things it is best to look for when shopping is to make sure the frame is made with sturdy reinforced steel, clamps that lock and a durable weatherproof tarp. The joints of the frame should all connect with the top joints. The tarp must be made of a sturdy waterproof material. It should also be pitched correctly so that water will roll off the roof instead of collection on top, which can weight it down and eventually lead to a collapse. Look for removable netting to protect against flying or crawling insects ruining the fun.

Another good accessory to check for is a carrying case or other storage bag for your gazebo. There should also be a crank or snap locks to pop it up into place. As you secure and lock into place the tarp should put on top and held in place until locked in place. Once locked in place, tie the roof down to reinforce the frame and locking joints of the gazebo in place. The leg posts should come with holes at the bottom so that the gazebo may be easily anchored to the ground, which will be a must on windy days.

The cost of a pop up gazebo depends on the quality of the product, overall size, where you buy it from and the season bought. A typical sized gazebo is approximately 12 feet by 12 feet, giving you about 144 square feet of overhead coverage. They usually come with a storage included, but sometimes they’re also sold separately. Lesser price does not mean lesser quality, but a variety of the less expensive ones is going to be of lesser quality, harder to assemble, having pitch problems, and on a windy day your gazebo can easily sail away in the breeze.

A variety of the most common places to locate a quality pop up gazebo include local discount vendors, large chain retailers and department stores. Sporting good retailers and camping stores are also great places to find gazebos. If you are looking for really distinctive or hard to find extra large versions, try looking in specialty catalogs. Once you have installed your gazebo be sure that you anchor it with rope and a large spike no less than a foot deep into the ground. Even the sturdiest of gazebos may be ripped from the ground if weather conditions are severe. If possible, disassemble and retailer your gazebo safely if you become aware of severe weather approaching.

A gazebo is a convenient way to enjoy the outdoors all year long. A good quality gazebo will protect you from harmful sunlight as the fabric usually contains UV repellent. Your gazebo can be taken to the park, beaches and practically any other place you could think of when protection from the elements is needed. You could even set up your gazebo as a semi permanent fixture within the back yard during summer months. Let a pop up gazebo take backyard fun to an entire new level.

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Parkins, Mark "What Is A Pop Up Gazebo?." What Is A Pop Up Gazebo?. 22 Aug. 2010. 27 Oct 2014 <>.

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Parkins, M (2010, August 22). What Is A Pop Up Gazebo?. Retrieved October 27, 2014, from

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Parkins, Mark "What Is A Pop Up Gazebo?"

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