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How much wind is too much wind for our gazebo?

By May 9, 2019 One Comment

We’re putting up a gazebo this weekend that’s solid wood with an aluminum roof. Total weight is ~600 pounds. In our area we do tend to get pretty good monsoon storms that get quite windy. How much wind would it take to be concerned about our gazebo being picked up?

I know we should anchor it somehow. Of course I’m not opposed to that, just need to figure out what would be the best way to go about that.

Unfortunately we are idiots and had turf installed before deciding to get a gazebo, so we aren’t exactly sure how to anchor it properly.

Should cutting out squares of the turf and pouring concrete blocks to anchor in to? Just long ground spikes of some sort? We’re in southern Arizona, so the ground is mostly hard dirt if that matters.

I’m completely new to this, so any help is appreciated!

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  • baminyer says:

    In terms of what you need to do to anchor it, it really depends on the size of the gazebo, especially the largest surface area that wind can catch.

    One of the biggest problems you’re going to have once you’ve anchored it is that while the gazebo itself will stay rooted in the ground, the aluminium roof will likely be ripped off in strong winds as it will act like a sail. Depending on how severe the weather is round your way, you may be better off letting it blow over but be tethered so it doesn’t end up down the street vs. keep it anchored properly but having it completely destroyed in high winds.

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