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Will a Pop-up Gazebo Keep You Dry?



We all know that pop-up gazebos are great at protecting against the hot sun and the UV rays that come with it.

However, you may be thinking, do pop up gazebos protect against rain?

The simple answer is yes and no.  However,  there’s more to it than that and I’ll explain more below because it’s quite confusing.

I’m sure when you bought your pop up gazebo that you read claims such as; waterproof, water-resistant, showerproof, rainproof, stormproof and loads more… Seem familiar?

Read below where I explain which type of weather conditions each gazebo can protect against.

Will a Pop-up Gazebo Keep Me Dry?


Will It Keep You Dry?

This is probably going to be the trickiest one to answer because there are so many claims that manufacturers make about pop up gazebos.

With claims such as; showerproof, rainproof, water-resistant and waterproof I can easily understand it if you’re scratching your head in confusion.

If you’re confused then normally it’s best to discount what all the manufacturers claim and consider how much you paid for your pop up gazebo.

Here’s a very basic guide without confusing you with technical details.

Pop up Gazebos Around £150 + Higher

If you paid £150 or above then there’s a good chance that your pop up gazebo is fully waterproof and is overall a good quality shelter.

Premium Quality

Premium Quality

The canopy and frame will generally be regarded by the manufacturer as ‘heavy-duty’ and fully waterproof which will be more than sufficient to protect against light and heavy rain.

If you can see a rating sewn into the canopy section, still have your instruction manual or have the box knocking around then check out if you can see a rating looking something like = 190gsm or higher.

Ideally, you’re looking for a number that’s higher than 190 and preferably it would be about 260, however, 190gsm would be ok to keep you dry in wet weather.

Like all outdoor shelters (tents included) the waterproof protection will fade over a number of years and the canopy will either need replacing or a waterproof spray applying to the fabric to repair weak spots.

This level of protection would be classed as waterproof and implies that the fabric is impermeable and water will not penetrate the coating that’s applied.

Pop up Gazebos between £70 & £100

Pop up gazebos between £70-100 are more of the mid-range types and you can expect them to stand up to a certain level of rainfall.

Mid-Range & Affordable

Mid-Range & Affordable

Personally, through experience, a shelter around this price range should be able to protect against light and infrequent rain and with just a light breeze.

These types of canopies come just short of being fully reliable because to be able to make a decent shelter at a more affordable price, manufacturers have to source cheaper parts in order to make a profit, albeit it a smaller one.

You would normally find these types of shelters having a fabric weight range around 120gsm to 190gsm if you can manage to find this reading on your product.

This pop up gazebo would generally be identified as water-resistant which would imply it can protect against rain for a short period.

Pop up Gazebos for less than £50

low price range

Low price range

Pop up gazebos that range in price from approximately £20 to £50 are very basic and have very little protection against any type of rainfall.

These types of shelter are generally used to offer protection on days when there are very little wind and no sign of rain.

At a push, you can expect it to protect against a light drizzle for a short period.

These types of shelters can come with bad reputations but that is merely down to the fact that people quite often see the cheap price but still expect it to stand up to bad weather.

Pop up gazebos under £50 would generally be classed as ‘showerproof’ but as I stated above, I would try and avoid any rainfall if possible.