During the height of winter, many homeowners become increasingly worried about large banks of snow settling and damaging their property. Heavy snowfall can be even more worrisome when you own a gazebo, which isn’t built to withstand as much snowfall as other buildings.
You must regularly remove snow from your gazebo as the roof may cave in if large amounts of snow build up. This damage is especially likely if your gazebo has a flat roof, which means that snow can build up in larger banks without falling off by itself. The right tool is likely going to depend on the amount of snow, type of snow (hard and wet or soft and light) and the type of gazebo you have.You can remove snow from a gazebo using a number of tools including:
Depending on how sturdy the construction of your gazebo, it’s possible for it to collapse entirely under the weight of snow. Even if your gazebo isn’t visibly damaged, snow left unattended for long periods will cause mildew to grow and rot wooden gazebo.
This roof damage could put yourself hundreds if not thousands of dollars out of pocket. Thankfully, we’ve provided a few tips and tricks you can use to remove snow from your gazebo quickly and easily.
The Best Time to Remove Snow from Your Gazebo
As mentioned, the strength of your gazebo depends on its construction. I’ve found from experience that the best time to remove snow from the roof of your gazebo after an inch or two has settled on top, to ensure no damage is done.
Even if your gazebo has a metal roof, snow can weaken its structure. Most gazebos are only supported by four legs, meaning it’s nowhere near as strong as your home’s roof. If you’re unsure about the best method for removing snow from your gazebo, contact a professional who can advise you going forward.
Best Tools to Use When Removing Snow From Your Gazebo
There’s a variety of tools you can use to remove snow from your gazebo’s roof, some of which are better than others depending on your gazebo’s design.
Most people have a shovel lying around their house, and they can be used for removing snow from a gazebo roof. Shovels are best used on a gazebo with a flat roof, as you can break up dense snow and remove large quantities.
If you must climb a ladder to reach your gazebo’s roof, make sure you use a specialized ladder and not a standard one, as this can be dangerous.
A leaf blower can be utilized to remove snowfall from the roof of your gazebo. Leaf blowers are best used on light snowfall, where the snow hasn’t become tightly packed, as your leaf blower won’t be powerful enough to dislodge it.
A snow rake is arguably the best and safest way to remove snow from the roof of your gazebo. Snow rakes are perfect for gazebos, as they can remove small layers of snowfall quickly and easily. They also have a rubber or plastic rake so that they won’t scratch your roof.
If you’re buying a snow rake, make sure to get one with a long handle. A long handle ensures you won’t have to climb a ladder, which is dangerous in icy conditions. A long handle also means you can stand further back and avoid injury from falling snow.
How to Remove Snow Safely from Your Gazebo
There are several ways you can minimize the risk to yourself and others when removing snow from your gazebo’s roof:
- Try to avoid climbing up a ladder to reach any snow if possible, as this can be dangerous, especially if your ladder has been left outside collecting ice.
- Only remove as much snow as necessary — removing snow in large quantities could break your tools and strain a muscle.
- Don’t pile up snow in one spot to remove all at once, as this can put stress on one place, causing the roof to cave in.
- Make sure you know where the snow will fall once removed from the roof, as it could fall and cause you harm.
- Move any expensive items from inside and around your gazebo in case displaced snowfalls and causes damage.