Although the specialist in-house design and manufacturing teams at Dunster House ensure that all the gazebos we sell are built to last, performing maintenance will help prolong their life further and protect your investment. Below are some handy tips on maintaing a thatched gazebo.
The Key Areas To Focus On When Performing Maintenance
Here at Dunster House, we recommend that checks are carried out on your wooden thatched gazebos at least once a year. Here is a list of the key areas to focus on when performing maintenance.
For more detail on how you can perform the key maintenance to your wooden gazebo outlined above, please read on for our comprehensive guide.
Preventative maintenance that will protect your gazebo
Over time, the fittings such as nuts, bolts and screws that hold your gazebo together can become loose or rust, compromising its structural integrity. For this reason, it is important that you perform checks, to ensure that they are securely fastened or replaced.
To perform the needed maintenance, you will need a screwdriver or an adjustable spanner or socket set, depending on the fitting, so make sure you have access to each. Tighten each fitting gently as over tightening can cause cracks and damage to the wood.
Performing maintenance to the roof of a thatched gazebo
Thatched roofs are generally maintenance free for many years, but the original placement of the building can help the longevity of this material. If a thatched roof becomes wet – which will happen due to rain when standing in a UK based garden – it needs to be able to dry out as quickly as possible. If the roof remains in the shade provided by nearby trees, this will lessen the amount of drying that can be performed by the sun and those trees will also likely block the wind, meaning that over time water that is unable to dry out will raise the humidity of the material to a point that fungal decay can eventually occur.
Although we’ve never experienced it with any of our display models, which we have up and down the country, another natural occurrence that can threaten a gazebo's thatched roof comes from birds in their nesting season that may decide to peck away at the straw. If you find that the birds locally to you become infatuated with your gazebo's thatched roof, you can simply cover it with wire mesh which should help keep the birds away.
Inspecting for Insect Infestation and additional maintenance tips
Since all Dunster House Thatched Gazebos are pressure treated, and not buried in the ground due to our metal bracket fixing method, it is exceptionally unlikely that you will suffer from any Insect infestation of the timber, at least for the first 10 years. After that first 10 years you can periodically inspect for this and treat the timber with a micro-porous timber preservative of your choosing should you find any signs of deterioration. Likewise the hot-dipped galvanized steel roof frame and metal foot brackets are highly unlikely to suffer from any rust that will cause structural problems for at least the first 10 years of the gazebos life, but after this point, if you choose to, you can apply a metal paint to the surface to prevent this for even more years to come.
If you’ve purchased the canopy lining, curtains or cushions for the Gazebo you can periodically clean them if desired, by brushing them down with a damp sponge and some warm soapy water, and then allowing them to dry, which can be done whilst in sits on the Thatched Gazebo.
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