When it rains, the water creates water pockets on the canopy top. And what we do, from inside the tent, we try to push the water out using some stick. When you leave the show at 6 o’clock, and it’s still raining, then there is no way to push the water out from the inside. And you come back the next morning to see your canopy tent, what I call “imploded.” All the products inside the tent can be damaged completely. So, how to keep water off canopy tent? when it’s raining?
To prevent water pooling on the canopy tent, you can use the pool noodle that helps push the canopy top fabric up and prevents water from pooling and damaging your canopy tent. Moreover, it prevents the water from seeping inside the tent.
How a pool noodle prevents water from pooling on the canopy top?
If you place a pool noodle between the canopy fabric and the frames, it will take up any slack in the canopy top; and eliminate the chance of water pooling on the top.
Using a pool noodle is very simple. Bend the pool noodle in U shape and keep the curved part pointing towards the center of the canopy tent. Secure all the four ends with the pool noodle. Now there is no chance for the rain to create water pockets on the canopy top.
I’ve seen pros using the pool noodle even if there is no sign of rain. Because they know rain can hit without any warning, and they feel safe if it rains at night.
Apply water repellent sprays on the canopy top
Most of the canopy tent in the market comes with a waterproof top. As days pass by, the waterproof coating on the fabric loses its effect. It is a primary cause of water seepage inside the canopy tent.
I’ve seen most people use water repellent spray on the canopy tent at least once a year. It makes the fabric top waterproof throughout the year. 303 Products Marine & Recreation Fabric Guard is an excellent choice and that is what I use. You can see how it works in the video below.
Using silicon and mineral spirits can be a permanent waterproofing solution to your canopy tent. Well, I’ve not done this personally, but I felt this video is very useful.
Things to consider before applying the water repellent spray on your canopy tent
- Read the canopy tents manufacturer instructions carefully regarding using water repellent spray on the tent before proceeding.
- Follow every step mentioned in the manufacturer manual to use the water repellent spray.
- You should also make sure to read the instruction manual given in the water repellent product and follow it precisely.
- Test the spray in a small area of your canopy tent and let it dry for a day. So you can see how it works the next day.
NOTE: Remember, applying a water repellent spray on a colored canopy tent can slightly alter the color of the fabric.
Use plastic tarps on the top to prevent seeping inside the tent
I’ve seen people use it in the art and craft shows. But, I’ve not personally tried this method before. So I can’t vouch for how well it works.
Plastic tarps are cheap, so people buy it and place the plastic tarp in-between the top fabric and the frame of the canopy tent. It doesn’t help to prevent water storage on the top fabric, but it helps prevent water from seeping inside the canopy tent.
Pro Tip: Using the plastic tarps along with the pool noodle can prevent the water storage on the top and prevents water from seeping inside the canopy tent.
How to keep the inside of the canopy tent dry
I use a shower liner and shower curtain to prevent the water from getting inside the canopy tent. I hang it in front of the booth on a rainy day, especially when there is wind around to blow the rainwater inside the canopy tent.
The shower-liner is excellent to prevent rainwater from getting inside the tent. I get four of it to cover the front, and you can get it inexpensively.
The shower curtain on the inside adds decorative value and provides privacy. Generally, in most of my craft shows, I don’t see any brave customers shopping during heavy rain. The shower curtains give me that essential break to have some privacy inside my tent.
I ensure that my booth still appears to be open to welcome the shoppers (if anyone during rain) I keep a board hanging outside the tent that says the “stall is open.” Believe me, I’ve had some customers here and there while raining and when they get into my stall they buy something. Maybe for the courtesy, but they buy something. For me, a sale is a sale.
Why the water pool on the canopy top
Any material exposed to extreme weather for a prolonged period can sag. The canopy top is one such material where it is exposed to extreme sunlight and also the rain. It degrades the quality of the fabric and results in sag. The sag creates water pockets when it rains.
The water pockets can break the canopy frames (if it weighs more) and it can also damage the top fabric and makes the water dripping inside the tent.
How To Keep Water Off Canopy Tent?
The canopy tents are designed as a portable and temporary structure. Do not leave the canopy tent unattended in heavy rain or wind. The weight of the water pockets on the top fabric could break or even collapse your canopy tent.
In heavy rain or wind, try to put down the canopy tent if possible. If you’re in-between the show and you don’t have any choice to put down the canopy tent, try using a pool noodle to prevent water built upon the top and use plastic tarps to prevent water from seeping inside the canopy tent. You can also use the shower liners and curtains to prevent water from getting inside the canopy tent.
You can also try silicon and mineral spirits as you saw in the video above(I can’t vouch for this method anyway since I’ve not tried it before). To start with you can try doing it in a small area of your tent if it works you can do it for the whole tent.