Canopy tents are really convenient to have on hand. You can put the tent up when you're having a party to shelter the tables and food. Or, if you host a garage sale, you can use the tent to keep for-sale items dry. Once you have a canvas canopy tent, you'll have no trouble finding uses for it. But how do you select a good-quality canvas canopy? Here are some key things to look for.
Some canvas canopy tents have legs that stand straight up and down, perpendicular to the ground. Others have legs that come in at an angle. If at all possible, you want a tent with angled legs. It may seem like a subtle difference, but this makes the canopy more stable. If the wind blows it in one direction slightly, it won't automatically go over the center of gravity of the legs and fall over. Plus, it is often easier to insert the legs on tents with angled legs than straight ones.
A Peaked Roof
The roof, or canvas piece that forms the actual canopy, should be formed at some sort of peak. Most canopy tents have four pieces of canvas that come together at the top, forming a peak. Some are flat; this is the style you want to avoid since it holds onto rainwater. Others have a single piece of canvas, but it is angled to one side. This design is not quite as good as a peaked design, but it will work. You just need to make sure it doesn't get caught by the wind.
If you plan on using your canvas canopy in the sun at any point, make sure you choose one in a light color. Light colors reflect more of the sun's light and heat, while black colors absorb it. Most canopy tents are light, duck-colored canvas, but there are a few black ones that may not work well for your purposes.
Finally, pay attention to what all of the fasteners and fixtures are made from. Make sure it is a thick, durable metal. Stainless steel is a far better choice than aluminum. The thicker the steel, the more durable it will be.
If you keep your eyes out for the features above while shopping, you should have no trouble finding a good canvas canopy tent. They come in many sizes, so opt for the size that best suits your needs.
For more information about canvas canopies, contact a local company, like EVANS AWNING.