A Windy Day and Goodbye Gazebo

This is what we came home to today after school.

We enjoyed a beautiful sunny day today, but it was very windy all day. This is what our less than 2 year old gazebo looked like before, solid top and screened side drapes:

We stored it indoors over the winter and our oldest son and my niece just put it up two weeks ago.  Today the whole canopy ripped right off the supports and the peaked bars came down. It is ripped right down the middle of the top canopy and many bars are bent. 

K, my super handy 14 year old set to work tearing the rest down. He is wearing the hardhat because when he put it up for the first time last year, a pole slipped and hit him. Lesson learned. I just saw on facebook today that the same thing happened to hubby's brother and sil's gazebo, a two hour drive from here, except theirs blew up onto the roof!

We won't be replacing it with another screened gazebo because we just were not happy with the quality vs. the price, after the first summer (locking bars that would not lock anymore and needed duct tape etc.) So it looks like I will be buying some patio umbrellas some time soon, because a beautiful permanent pergola just isn't in the budget.

Happy June, everyone! We have one month left of school here, and therefor one month left until I'm off for the summer. You can believe that I am counting the days!

Edited to add: My coworkers (and neighbour's) patio table flipped over, the top smashed and the umbrella snapped in half. My sister (also a neighbour) had her umbrella break too (and they were both closed.) I saw two gazebo's similar to ours torn to pieces too. Must have been quite the wind!


  1. We have one too Elizabeth and they are not well made at all. Ours came with the house, we bought a new canopy for it ripped fairly quickly. Here's to budgets for pergolas someday!

  2. Elizabeth- How sad!

    A decent alternative is a ten by ten gazebo made of wood with a top that goes on like a big wooden umbrella. We bought one at Target for $400 many years ago and still have it. (We take the "umbrella" top with canvas attached down every winter.

    Good thing about wood - if it breaks you CAN fix it!

    I haven't seen a wood one at Target since, but I know they still sell one because I was at a presentation by Vern Yip a year ago and he showed one!


  3. ...just reread my comment and it wasn't clear at the end. Target didn't sell the canopy Vern had in his presentation, but he didn't mention who made it. I'll try to google it for you...


  4. We were super windy here today too. That really stinks;( Can you take it back to the store? Thank you SO much for your super sweet comments BTW! And I LOVE your blog banner, gorgeous!!

  5. Oh man what a pain that is. I know you already have it down, but have you considered using the metal frame that you have and attaching a painter's dropcloth or woven beach mats over the top for shade. That way you could postpone buying another kind of shade and it might work better than an umbrella.

  6. Wow that's some crazy weather! We don't usually get wind in the warmer months... just in the fall and the northeaster in the winter. I can't believe it demolished your gazebo like that!


  7. Sorry to hear about your gazebo! We had those bad winds here too! I came home to our bbq blown over including the tank ( 2nd time this spring :/ ) We were wanting to buy one of those gazebos but with the winds we get it wouldn't last a week around here. I really hope our summer isn't going to be like this alot!


  8. Bummer!
    I'm so sorry!
    I'm inclined to believe that when stuff like this happens, something better will happen later...
    I am glad no one was hurt!
    I just stopped putting stuff outside that would be inclined to fly or float...this happened once too often to me!
    I am so excited about summer, too!
    I pray you find a new design solution instead of the gazebo :)

  9. Same thing happened to our gazebo. Pretty bad storm!

  10. I'm in southern Ontario too, and the wind is still crazy. I've debated getting one of these gazebos but haven't for this very reason. Guess I'll wait until time and money allows for a pergola!

  11. Thats a shame about the gazebo, it looked great in the photo!

  12. Elizabeth,

    Sorry the wind destroyed your Gazebo. This happened to me two summers ago. Glad no one was hurt.

    Your Friend,

  13. Hi Elizabeth,
    The wind has been worse than normal here in Manitoba, too. Several nights ago this week, that would have happened to anybody who had one up here. So sad though, isn't it, I'm so sorry for you.
    hugs, Cindy

  14. Hi Elizabeth, thanks so much for stopping by my blog today. I appreciate and love meeting new bloggers, especially from Canada! I'm sorry to see what happened to your gazebo but I guess you can be thankful nobody was sitting in it when it happened. I've been wanting one for several years but it's very breezy where we live and I don't think it would hold up. I love your new puppy. He's beautiful. Enjoy the rest of the weekend! Blessings, Pamela

  15. Elizabeth- Vern Yip (too kind!) responded to my Facebook post and seems you can't buy a wood gazebo like mine anymore. So sorry about your metal one!


  16. So disappointing to have a nice setup and then see something like that when you get home,isn't it?
    I remember coming home once and a huge tree was laying across my driveway. Anyway, thankfully no one was out there, especially your boys!


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