Canopy Tents - Uses, top brands and care
Canopy tents fall into two main categories, those that you can put up on your own in the backyard or the larger commercial variety that cater for a couple of hundred people - weddings and parties. In this instance we are referring to the smaller ones but if you want more information on the commercial variety you can take a look at the Event Tents link on the left hand side menu.
The smaller variety of canopy tents make great beach shelters, outdoor dining shades, craft stalls and corporate event tents. Most models are very easy to assemble and shouldn’t take more than a few minutes to set up.
If you are short on man power, you could take a look at the Quick System Canopy, made by ‘Out in Style’, which only takes one person two to three minutes to set up.
The fabric used on the top of most canopy tents is usually some kind of polyester based fabric. Sometimes the polyester will come with a denier rating this is basically another form of weight used at the manufacturing level, so a higher denier rating will result in a heavier more durable fabric. Always make sure the fabric is water resistant and fire retardant and if you are planning on using your canopy at the beach it is a good idea to make sure it is UV protected.
Some manufacturers offer a service where brand names or logos can be included on the canopy if the tent is used for corporate or business purposes. If you do plan to add signage to the tent it is a good idea to choose a manufacturer who heat cures the graphics instead of sewing them on. Sewing graphics and logos onto tent canopy can cause pinholes in the fabric which may result in leakage.
Most canopy tents are not designed to withstand extreme weather conditions, so always take your tent down before high winds or snow storms. If you need to wash the canopy top, this is best done by taking the frame down to the lowest setting and then rinsing the top down with a hose. Use a mild detergent and a soft brush to clean any dirty spots. Be careful not to brush any of the graphics, especially if they are heat cured. Always allow the top to dry completely before folding and storing.