How do you go about choosing a good outdoor canopy tent? First, you have to decide what your requirements are. Do you want to provide shade over your existing patio all summer long? Or would you rather have a tent-like gazebo that is enclosed where you and your friends can come and hang out while enjoying drinks and good food? Do you need something small to just protect your family when sitting outdoors, or do you need a large outdoor canopy tent because you do a lot of entertaining? Are you interested in keeping your canopy tent up all the time or do you just need something to use on special occasions?
Whether you need a small canopy tent that offers simple protection from the sun and rain on an occasional or permanent basis, or if you require a more elaborate canopy to shelter a large family gathering, it is important to know the different characteristics of outdoor canopy tents so you can choose the one most suitable for your needs.
If you just need a tent for a special occasion, then renting a canopy tent is probably your best option. Some companies specialize in custom sized canopy tents, which work best for large events such as weddings or carnivals. These companies will measure the area you need covered by a tent and will set up the canopies for a limited time rental period, after which they will retrieve the materials for reuse. These work well when you need a large tent for a single event, since there is no need to buy a canopy tent for a one-time occasion.
If, on the other hand, you would like to buy an outdoor tent canopy for continued use in your backyard, you will need to determine what size and type of tent will work best for your needs. Also, since you’ll want it to last, then you will most probably want to find something that is high in quality.
It is important for a canopy to be able to hold up under the most extreme weather conditions in your area. You will want to shop for outdoor tent canopies that are designed in such a way that snow, sleet, and rain easily slide off the top. Otherwise the snow or rain will accumulate, causing the tent canopy cover to rip or tear under the duress. If you live in an area that is prone to poor winter weather, it is probably best to take down your canopy tent and store it for the winter, but even if you only leave it up during the spring and summer, it needs to hold up to rain and wind.
Also, you should check to see if the composition of the fabric material is made to withstand constant exposure to the ultra-violet rays of the sun without fading or cracking. Buying an attractive canopy tent is only as good as the amount of time it continues to look good. If you buy a cheap outdoor canopy tent and the fabric quickly begins to fade from the sun, it won’t be very attractive for long, and you’ll soon be sorry you didn’t spend a bit more money up front to get something that would last better outdoors.
The same goes for the canopy tent frame. Make sure the composition of the frame is such that it can hold up to wind and other weather elements, but also check that the finish of the frame will continue to look good over time. If it begins to rust or chip, it will look like an eyesore and you won’t want to keep using the tent. Look for canopy tent frames that have a protective coating on them so they hold up longer without visible wear and tear.
After you have found a good quality canopy tent, all you have to do it set it up. Most styles offer easy pop up or instant installation. As a protective measure, you should anchor or take down your canopy if poor weather is expected, or if you leave the tent up on a more permanent basis. There are many models of portable canopy tents that are easy to put up and take down, and that even give you the option of taking them with you if you head out somewhere other than your own backyard but still need some protection from the sun and rain.
An outdoor canopy tent that is tastefully picked and properly set up can be the finishing touch to your backyard or garden design. These types of tents can help define the space for an elaborate gathering, or can provide a daily respite from the sun. They can offer a place to share a family meal by the pool, or can serve as an outdoor room, complete with attractive outdoor furniture, lighting, and even an outdoor rug, so you can extend the living space of your home to the great outdoors.