Gazebos are a wonderful place for family, friends, and visitors to gather to enjoy the outdoors with a shelter from heat, rain, and bugs. But like any exterior wood, gazebos need regular maintenance and upkeep.

You might be wondering, how often do gazebos need painting? It varies, but generally, paint can last for a decade or more if applied properly on strong, solid surfaces. But you have to be careful; problems can hide beneath the paint.

Stains make gazebos look naturally beautiful, but they don’t provide as opaque a barrier as paint. They last for a few years before your wood is vulnerable again. If it’s been longer than that, or if you can’t remember the last time your gazebo has been stained, painted, or had maintenance on it, it’s time to take a closer look. You don’t want structural damage to be hiding around the corner; it could hurt your property value, not to mention pose a safety risk.

What to Think About Before Painting Your Gazebo

Painting gazebos can bring them back to life and give your outdoor space renewed beauty. But it’s important not to jump into a DIY gazebo painting project without taking the time to think it through:

  • Should you Paint or Stain?: Deciding between paint and stain is more than a matter of personal taste. If your wood surfaces have retained a lot of their original finish, a wood stain might be a great choice for showcasing that. But if you’ve noticed your wood losing its luster, or if it doesn’t have a grain you especially like, you may be more comfortable with painting
  • Do You Have the TIme? Painting projects on exterior wood surfaces like gazebos take time. Time to prep surfaces. Time to prime, then dry, then paint or stain, then dry again. DIY means lots of time has to be set aside to get it right.
  • Do You Have the Right Tools? Painting with the wrong tools leads to results you’ll have to re-paint, re-stain, or correct. Be sure you know the finish you want, and what tools you need to achieve that finish.
  • Have You Waited Too Long? One of the biggest pitfalls about DIY gazebo painting is waiting too long to get it done. If your paint is already damaged, or the wood deteriorated, there are more projects in store than you planned. Old paint or stain will need to be removed, surfaces will need to be inspected and their damage addressed, before the project can even start.

Painting anything yourself is hard, but wood surfaces and unique structures make it more challenging. Hiring professional painters for exterior wood services like gazebos takes the stress of home or HOA improvement projects off your shoulders so you can focus on your priorities.

How to Spot Gazebo Paint Damage

Gazebo paint damage might be easy to spot, but sometimes the problems can be hiding. If you notice any of the following issues, it’s time to call a painting contractor with experience painting gazebos:

  • Chipping or Peeling: If paint or stain is chipping or peeling, that paint damage means your wood is vulnerable. Not to mention, it can be an eyesore to visitors and tenants that keeps them from fully enjoying your outdoor space.
  • Discoloration: If you’ve noticed your stain or paint has discolored, it will need to be removed completely before new paint, primer, or stain can be applied.
  • Rotting Wood: Moisture damage, which may or may not be noticeable on the surface, can cause wood to decay and rot. You may see growths or spore dust, or there may just be a musty smell in the air. The key to dealing with wood rot is acting quickly to stop it from spreading and prevent it from causing further structural damage.

What to Expect from Your Gazebo Painting Project

If you’re ready to upgrade and improve your wooden gazebos as part of your exterior painting service, Trico Painting is ready to work!

We provide expert wood rot replacement, repair, staining, and wooden gazebo painting to strengthen and beautify your outdoor shelter. We’re experienced working with a variety of finishes for homeowners and HOAs.

Our thorough exterior painting quote will include any surface preparation and repair, staining, or painting services your gazebo needs to stand strong and look its best.

Get stunning results from all your exterior wood surfaces. Contact Trico Painting for your exterior painting estimate today.