If you are looking into improving your outside space, you might be considering an outside room, such as a wooden gazebo.
The first thing to consider is the space you might need. The available space needs to include not only the building’s footprint but also foliage-free clearance too. Encroaching weeds, overhanging tree branches, and climbing plants can all damage the waterproofing that protects your building. We suggest that you consider placing your gazebo a good distance away from boundaries, trees, and bushes so that the gazebo gets proper ventilation.
What style do you want for your wooden gazebo? Will it be a space for entertaining, enjoying a meal, or merely a shelter from our inclement weather? The intended use of the gazebo will have a great effect on the size and shape you will require, as well as any internal furnishings you might want to add. For example, if you wanted to have a space specifically for sharing a meal, you might want to have a preinstalled table or a seating area created in the same wood as the gazebo.
You will need to check if you need planning permission to erect a wooden gazebo. In most cases, this is not required, if it is not near a boundary or more than 2.5m high at the eaves. However, if you live in a conservation area or in a listed building, you may need to get special dispensation.
A wooden gazebo can be a sturdy building, but it does require regular maintenance in order to serve you and your family for years to come. At least once a month, clear away any spiderwebs, check for insect nests, and brush away any dirt or debris. This will also allow you to check if any nails or screws have come loose, or if there is any damage to the boards. Fixing these issues as they arise will keep the interior of your wooden gazebo protected from the elements. Every few years, you will need to use a waterproof sealant to protect the Redwood – this can either be a paint (which will need a coat or two of varnish), or a regular wood preserver treatment. To make sure that this is effective, the gazebo needs to be thoroughly cleaned and sanded down before any painting can take place. Also, if you opt for a thatched roof for your gazebo, you will have to conduct maintenance such as re-thatching to prevent and fix any damages.
Don’t forget to clear the roof, too. Even if there are no overhanging branches, leaves and other debris can collect on the shingle or thatch and damage it. Climb a ladder to check on the roof and remove any debris you might find. It is always worth performing an extra check on the exterior of your gazebo after any storms or periods of high winds, too.
When you have a plan for your ideal outdoor space, this guide will ensure that you are prepared for anything when buying your first wooden gazebo.