Many individuals these days choose to engage in outdoor activities. Staying outdoors and feeling one with nature is an escape from all the hustle and bustle that comes with everyday city life. However, weather patterns can be quite unpredictable. It would, therefore, be better to be prepared for unexpected changes in weather, such as sudden downpours or strong winds, so as not to ruin an otherwise wonderful weekend.
Being prepared means having the right gear and equipment. An essential part of this would be having a good waterproof canopy on hand to protect you and your loved ones from getting drenched during a sudden, strong shower.
Good quality camping canopies should be able to protect you not only from rain, but also from strong winds and UV rays produced by very strong sunlight. Canopies can also be used for other occasions such as garden parties, outdoor markets, or any outdoor social gathering. They come in a wide variety of designs, colors and materials so you can even tweak their look depending on what the occasion calls for.
With so much to choose from, you can’t help but get confused as to what exactly you should get. Here are some criteria that you can consider to you make the right choice.
One important feature to consider is the canopy’s ability to repel water, otherwise known as water resistance. You can never be sure about sudden downpours, especially when the occasion calls for long hours spent outdoors.
Make sure that the material used for the canopy is water-resistant, especially at the top portion. Water-resistant canopies can serve as temporary shelters which wserve as protection for you and your guests (not to mention their belongings!). This keeps you and your guests from getting drenched, even during the strongest of downpours.
There will be times when canopies prove to be useful not only during rainy weather, but also during extreme heat. Air vents will prove to be useful during these situations since they will prevent heat from accumulating inside the canopy.
These air vents also prove to be useful in cases when there are a number of people gathered inside the canopy since these vents will allow for proper oxygen circulation. Proper air distribution also helps prevent moisture within the canopy from setting in, lessening the chances of having a “foggy environment”.
Exposure to extreme sunlight and UV rays may cause a number of health problems, from sunburn and skin irritation to skin cancer. Children, most especially, need protection from the dangers that UV exposure may pose.
There are materials that provide protection from UV rays. Make sure that the ones used for the canopy you have in mind are made of materials that can protect you and your loved ones from the harmful effects of UV rays It would even be better to ascertain just how much protection these materials can provide. The manufacturer should be able to provide you with this information.
During campfires or occasions which call for the lighting of fire as part of celebrations, it would be best to have a canopy that is fire-resistant.
You can check for this by seeing if the canopy is CPAI-84 certified. This is a test which checks for fire-resistance in materials.
TYPES OF WATERPROOF CANOPIES
In order for you to get a bang out of your bucks, you would want to make sure that the canopy you plan to buy has as much comprehensive features as possible. After all, you wouldn’t want that memorable occasion ruined just because of a faulty canopy. It is important to focus on details and if necessary, have some added extras put in as well.
Do not forget to always consider durability when choosing a canopy. The outdoor environment has many factors that can cause both minor and major damage to your canopy. Hence, you would want to have a canopy that can withstand as much environmental factors as possible.
As its name implies, shade canopies are there to provide exactly what it says – shade. Especially during extremely hot weather and strong sunlight, shade canopies are useful as protection from harmful UV rays as what was previously mentioned. Small group gatherings during picnics, simple backyard parties, or even a day at the beach, serve as perfect occasions for this kind of waterproof canopy.
Some homes have charming gardens which are serve as relaxation spots for the homeowner on a daily basis. To add to the charm of the garden, canopies called “garden canopies” may be placed. Under the shade of this kind of canopy, activities ranging from simple book reading, afternoon tea or even a candlelight dinner, can provide an air of serenity or, in the case of candlelight dinners, romance. Garden canopies may be tweaked and decorated according to the owner’s taste and imagination.
There are times when you may opt to celebrate your birthday, wedding anniversary or even hold a wedding reception for your child. For these very special moments, you would surely want to invite quite a number of friends and guests who would want to celebrate with you.
Large canopies are made to allow for a bigger number of people. These, too, allow for more organized arrangements to be made which are meant for anything from simple cocktails to more elaborate dinners. If the venue permits it, more than one large canopy can be placed on site in order to accommodate more of your guests and those important people in your life.
PORTABLE GARAGE OF CARPORT
People are not the only ones sensitive to environmental factors and in need of protection.
Items, such as cars for example, need to be protected from harsh weather conditions as well.
Exposure to too much sunlight and rain may lead to problems such as rust, or even cause your car’s paint to fade quickly. Exposure to too much sunlight may also affect your car’s interior. It is highly recommended to keep your car under a shaded area when not in use. This will help you in terms of car maintenance.
Other than this reason, carports may also be used for extra storage for things which can no longer fit your cabinets and closets.
Q: CAN CANOPIES WITH LEAKS BE FIXED?
It really depends on the situation and location of the leak. If the leak is located along the seams or if it is caused by a rip in the fabric itself, then the leak is repairable. However, in the case of waterproof fabric, leaks may come from the actual fabric itself. In this case, it may be quite to difficult to repair the leak since this would probably be a defect of the fabric itself.
Seam grips placed on patches of silnylon fabric is good for repairing fabric that is coated with silicone.
Leaks along the seams can also be done using a seam grip. This is diluted with any strong mineral spirit and painted with a layer of silicone in order to waterproof the damaged area.
It would be best to check the manufacturer’s instructions as they often provide suggestions when it comes to troubleshooting any damage on your canopy.
Q: WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO ANCHOR A CANOPY IN PLACE?
A: Again, this really depends on the situation at hand.
If the canopy is to be placed on soil, one can use the usual ropes and stakes to secure your canopy. You may also tie your canopy to any nearby heavy object, such as a boulder, to keep your canopy from being blown away.
If the canopy to be placed on a hard surface such as asphalt or cement, then it would be best to provide heavy objects, e.g. concrete-filled buckets, where you can tie your canopy to.
A ratchet strap with one end attached to one point on the top of the canopy, and another end tied to a heavy object may also be used to secure your canopy.
One last option is to place heavy objects, such as sandbags, around the legs of the canopies in order to secure them.