Are Pop up Gazebos Waterproof? (Video Proof)



Asking whether all pop up gazebos are waterproof is a great question?

The problem is that it’s such a touchy subject and one that is totally unregulated.

There are so many products (gazebos) on the market that are described as ‘waterproof’ but in reality, some of these products aren’t even close to being waterproof.

You will literally get wet within just a few minutes of light rain using one of those.

So, how do you know if you’re buying a waterproof gazebo?

Analysis of this products ability to keep you dry

First up, let’s take pop up gazebos on Amazon as an example.

The majority of pop up canopies and gazebos that I’ve reviewed on Amazon the fabric is classed as ‘gsm’, this stands for grams per square metre and is the weight of the fabric.

(There are others such as denier)

So, one thing that you need to understand is, is that the higher the gsm, the heavier the fabric is.

However, it isn’t the weight of the fabric that will keep you dry and protect you from light or heavy rain, it is the waterproof coating that is applied to it.

This coating is generally a PVC coating (very popular fabric coating) and is sprayed onto the fabric to provide protection against rainfall.

What gsm do I need for full waterproofing?

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There’s no one answer for this question but here goes…

Waterproofing is not just about having a canopy that has the highest gsm.

Quite often, pop up gazebos are not built correctly and just by attaching the side panels incorrectly can lead to your event ending in disaster.

However, let’s imagine that you have built it correctly , here’s a very basic table to try and help you understand what type of weather it can protect you from.

GSM Classification Weather Product
120 Showerproof Light drizzle Progen
140 Showerproof Light drizzle/shower
160 Rainproof Light showers Angel Living
190 Waterproof Light to heavy showers Airwave
240 Waterproof Heavier & Constant rain
260+ Waterproof Heavy rain + All Seasons

The table above is just a rough guide to help you understand better the level of waterproofing you will receive from your new pop up canopy.  It isn’t science based, it’s from my experience with outdoor shelters with fabric roofs.

Check out this 2x2m All seasons gazebo (260gsm) being waterproof tested by its owners using a garden hose (happy ending).

My name is Shaun Bird and I've been writing about and reviewing outdoor products (mainly tents and gazebos) for over 4 years now. If you're looking for advice before you buy then read my posts or contact me via the about us page.