A garden building provides an excellent addition to your outdoor living space, either as shelter from the rain or shade from the sun, or maybe you use it for an outdoor eating area when you are entertaining.
Whatever your gazebo serves you as, it is a building that has a long life, if it is maintained thoroughly.
One of the main issues that affects the wood in your gazebo can be ventilation. Whilst sealants are used to protect the wood, we don’t want it to be unable to breathe, surrounded by foliage.
It is recommended that any surrounding plants are cut back to a distance of at least 3 feet, as not only can plants cause damp and ventilation issues, roots and tendrils can compromise the wood itself.
Once a month it is important that you take some time to fully inspect the inside, outside and roof of your gazebo.
Inside, be sure to remove any spiderwebs that you see. You can use a long-handled brush for this – especially useful if you have a fear of spiders!
With any open-fronted building, you may be at risk of insects nesting inside. Please do make sure that any wasp nests are destroyed by a professional, and if you are lucky enough to be chosen as a residence for bees, contact a local beekeeper to arrange the safe removal and relocation to protect our declining pollinating population.
If you keep any furniture or furnishings inside the gazebo, always give them a thorough wipe down with some warm soapy water and a clean cloth, to keep them fresh and clean.
Sweep the floors so that you can inspect the floorboards. During this internal inspection, it is important to check for any loose nails, or chipped boards.
Dealing with small imperfections like this in a timely manner will prevent them from becoming bigger problems as the seasons change.
Outside, be sure to regularly remove any encroaching vegetation. Check the integrity of all the boards, look for any protruding nail heads and gently knock them back in, and replace any chipped or broken boards…
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