A portable tent has multiple uses. Not only are they popular with businesses participating in outdoor events like trade fairs and exhibitions to build brand awareness and connect with potential customers but also used at parties, marriages, emergency work, natural disaster relief, sanitation, food distribution, medical triage, and treatment, decontamination, temporary storage and shelter, and much more. However, for portable tents to deliver their best performance, you need to avoid certain common mistakes.
Mistake #1: Taking Out the Canopy Tent Components Incorrectly
Popup canopy tents come in a bag that you can use not only for carrying but also for storing them. By using the bag, the components will not be damaged, and that no component will go missing in transit. If you do not follow the right technique of removing the tent components from the bag, you can end up damaging something that will make the tent installation difficult or impossible. The best way is to take out all the parts gently and lay them flat. Open the roof fabric of the tent and lay it out on the ground to eliminate wrinkles and creases. Laying out all the parts also ensures that you have everything at hand when setting up the canopy tent.
Mistake #2: Not Understanding the Extent of Waterproofing of the Fabric
Tent manufacturers make canopies from a variety of materials. Some of them allow water to pass through easily; some are water-resistant, while others are waterproof. The kind of fabric you choose should take into account the intended application and the weather conditions. However, even when the manufacturers label a 10×10 canopy tent as water-resistant, many people make the mistake of assuming it is waterproof. Water-resistant tents can resist a drizzle, but if it rains hard, water will soak in. However, waterproof material will stop the entry of water.
Mistake #3: Not Securing It Properly
It can be easy to assume that the tent will be secure against gusting winds if you only weigh down the tie ropes at the four corners with something heavy. To prevent the tent from being blown away or collapsing, you must use stakes and strong ropes to secure the tent, while the walls must be weighed down properly to withstand strong winds.
Mistake #4: Assuming Canopy Tents Don’t Need Care
Most of the time, even with repeated use, many tents do not show visible dirt. However, assuming that the tents don’t need cleaning can cut short their life expectancy and create an unhygienic environment, especially if it is used in damp conditions that encourage the growth of mold and mildew. Also, the chemicals in bird poop can discolor or damage the fabric unless cleaned in time. Ensure that the tent is washed and dried before stowing it away in its bag, suggests an article in Rei.
Setting up and using a canopy tent is not rocket science! However, you do need to exercise care and common sense so that you can avoid common mistakes that can prevent the tents from performing optimally.