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Hard Top Gazebos and snow load ?
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: April 04, 2019 10:22AM
We've used canvas topped prefab or popup gazebos for years to give Mrs. cbelt3 an outside retreat to sit and relax out of the rain. The last one was destroyed by a windstorm, so we are looking. And mrs. cbelt3 likes the looks of various hard top gizmos like this one.

except... I'd rather set it up and not have to deal with removing the top for winter. Will it survive an NE Ohio snow load ?

[www.walmart.com]
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Re: Hard Top Gazebos and snow load ?
Posted by: mikebw
Date: April 04, 2019 11:05AM
Gee Chuck, you mean you haven't already done the load calculations accounting for the effects of lower seasonal temperatures on the polycarbonate? /just joking smiley12
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Re: Hard Top Gazebos and snow load ?
Posted by: Schpark
Date: April 04, 2019 12:04PM
I have a similar one and have had close to a foot of snow on it. At that point I gently pull the snow off with a rubber squeegee. So it is not maintenance free.



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Re: Hard Top Gazebos and snow load ?
Posted by: modelamac
Date: April 04, 2019 12:09PM
cbelt,

It's a gazebo. When necessary, you can remove the snow so easily with a push broom.

I'd be just as concerned about wind.



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Re: Hard Top Gazebos and snow load ?
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: April 04, 2019 12:22PM
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mikebw
Gee Chuck, you mean you haven't already done the load calculations accounting for the effects of lower seasonal temperatures on the polycarbonate? /just joking smiley12
Heh... Statics was 40 YEARS ago. Calculus 41 years. Stopped really using any of that about 12 years into my career when I switched to the project management track. I don't remember a damn thing.
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Re: Hard Top Gazebos and snow load ?
Posted by: Carm
Date: April 04, 2019 12:48PM
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modelamac
cbelt,

It's a gazebo. When necessary, you can remove the snow so easily with a push broom.

I'd be just as concerned about wind.
agree smiley
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Re: Hard Top Gazebos and snow load ?
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: April 04, 2019 01:06PM
I was admiring this one the other day at Sam's Club. I know it's almost twice the money but it does look nice.

[www.samsclub.com]



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Re: Hard Top Gazebos and snow load ?
Posted by: Carm
Date: April 04, 2019 01:27PM
When I was a teen, I watched my uncle build one like the Wally Mart one, in the back yard of his house. If you have the tools and skills, build it yourself.i needed a larger area and just had a 30 x 15awning installed in my backyard. It needed to be able to withstand 120mph winds according to code.
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Re: Hard Top Gazebos and snow load ?
Posted by: TheCaber
Date: April 04, 2019 02:42PM
10" snow == 1" rain

1 ft2 == 144 in2

231 in3 == 1 gallon

1 gallon H2O weighs approximately 8 pounds

What's the area of the gazebo roof?



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Re: Hard Top Gazebos and snow load ?
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: April 04, 2019 03:24PM
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Grateful11
I was admiring this one the other day at Sam's Club. I know it's almost twice the money but it does look nice.

[www.samsclub.com]
I saw that one too. I like the look of the cedar.

I'm actually contemplating building a porch roof instead.
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Re: Hard Top Gazebos and snow load ?
Posted by: jh
Date: April 04, 2019 03:51PM
Home Depot and Lowe’s have some models with metal roofs you may want to consider.
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Re: Hard Top Gazebos and snow load ?
Posted by: Forrest
Date: April 04, 2019 04:16PM
I've found knowledgeable contractors work at Home Depot or Lowe's - and they would also know what works in your part of the country.
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Re: Hard Top Gazebos and snow load ?
Posted by: onthedownlow
Date: April 04, 2019 05:33PM
I found a couple sites that described it being able to handle all weather, including snow, but here is a review/question/answer:

[www.hayneedle.com]

Q: i live in New England, and as a result of our winters, i have had 3 tubular framed gazebos crumble under minimal snow (less than 2 inches). will this hold up during our winters where we sometimes get 1 foot of snow. i dont want to replace this after one year like the others.
Submitted 4 months ago by alex - Massachusetts

Hayneedle customer support
A:
This gazebo / pergola is intended as a temporary shade structure, not a permanent structure.As a result the canopy / top must be removed during heavy rain, winds, or inclement weatherincluding but not limited to thunderstorms, hurricanes, snow , and sleet.Failure to do so will risk damage to the canopy / top and the structure of the unit itself. Damage occurred to the unit from not removing the top is not covered by the manufacturer



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Re: Hard Top Gazebos and snow load ?
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: April 04, 2019 05:49PM
not to go too far off topic, but your headline is a 'Doo Dah" for Lady Madonna

Hard top gazebo
Snow load on your roof
Canvas topped or popup type,
I need more proof
Cbelt's a lounger
lolling in the rain
Are driving winds and piled snow, too much strain?
wooo
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Re: Hard Top Gazebos and snow load ?
Posted by: macphanatic
Date: April 04, 2019 06:14PM
It looks like it has a decent pitch to it. If it was mine and I was really concerned, I would consider installing a small heater up high and run it to keep the roof at a temp just warm enough to melt the snow. Or you could lubricate the top side to help the snow slide off.
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Re: Hard Top Gazebos and snow load ?
Posted by: Rolando
Date: April 05, 2019 11:44AM
How about a slat style roof. The angle keeps the sun out and lets rain and snow through?



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