It’s that time of year again! The sun is coming out, the chill is leaving the air, and you know what that means. Tent Season is upon us! Colonial Events has been in the tenting business since 1985 and our tent game is strong! Read below to finally get all your tenting questions answered.
Cleaning + Maintenance
We pride ourselves on having the best quality tents and a lot of that has to do with the maintenance. We have a tent washer and every tent of ours that goes out, comes back and is washed then hung to dry. We despise mold and dirt and combat it from the beginning. That’s why our tents last longer, have less stains, and probably smell better!
Why Choose a Tent for Your Event?
Whether for a rain plan or the main event, a graduation party, corporate picnic, or wedding, tents are very versatile and can meet any of your event needs. Take a look at some of the ways we’ve made tents into a unique space!
Frame vs. Pole Tents
A question that we get a lot is, what is the difference between a frame and pole tent? Well, a pole tent is a common style that requires interior poles, or center poles, to help hold it up. A frame tent is freestanding with no poles on the inside, which allows for a more open space. So why choose one over the other? A pole tent is less expensive, but must be staked into the ground, and therefore cannot be placed on a concrete surface. A frame tent, though more expensive, allows for an unobstructed interior and can be placed on any surface, including but not limited to driveways, patios and grass.
Choosing a Tent Size
Tents come in many different sizes and it may be hard to decide which size you may need. It all depends on what you want to put in the tent and how much space is available on the property. Here’s a quick guide to help you decide which tent size might work best for you.
Staking vs. Water Barrels vs. Cement Blocks
At Colonial Events, we are very conscious of your safety and we take the securing of the tent very seriously. If the tent is on grass, or sometimes concrete, we will stake the tent directly into the ground. When the surface is unable to be staked, we use 500 lb. water barrels or 2000 lb. cement blocks on the side poles. The largest tent we will water barrel is a 20x30. Anything over that size, we use cement blocks on the side poles and the amount needed depends on the size of the tent. A few tedious details about the block process. We can only get six blocks on a truck; a tent that requires a few more than that, will require additional trips. If the tent needs many more blocks than that, we bring in a special truck with a driver that can hold up to 42 blocks.
Now, we’ve gotten a little bit of backlash on the fact that we won’t water barrel larger tents, but we truly believe that tent safety is not something to be taken lightly. For more information on the consequences of improperly securing a tent, please read this article from the American Rental Association.