How To Secure A Canopy In High Winds?


How To Secure A Canopy In High Winds

Canopy tents are not impenetrable fortresses. Intense wind can create structural and functional damages to your temporary shelter. However, if you take the necessary steps and set up your canopy tent properly, and use proper weights, most canopy tents can handle inclement weather scares. So, how to secure a canopy in high winds?

To secure a canopy in high winds, setup the canopy tent properly, choose the right location, remove the sidewalls, open up the top vent, use wind stakes, sandbags, tent weights, PVC pipe weights, five-gallon sand-filled buckets, even you can use immovable objects nearby to secure your canopy tent.

There are so many ways to secure the canopy tents. But, choosing the space and weights wisely is the key to successfully secure the canopy tents.

Setting up the canopy tent the right way

Most of the canopy tent accidents occur due to negligence during the setup process. No canopy tent can survive harsh weather if it is not properly setup. To begin with, until you get a hang of setting up your canopy tent, it is a best practice to read the instruction manual (provided by the manufacturer) for setting up your canopy tent.

The good news is, most of the canopy tent comes with no-assembly-required-design; meaning it is simple to set up in a few steps. 

  • After taking the canopy tent out from the wheeled bag (provided with the canopy tent mostly), place the frame in an even terrain. Uneven terrain can topple the canopy tent so choose a flat spot.
  • Partially expand the frame and keep the fabric top over the frame and use the velcro to secure the fabric to the frame material.
  • Expand the pre-built frames completely.
  • Erect the frame from each of the four legs (pulling the frame legs downwards). Some canopy tents require you to push the center of the canopy frame to erect the canopy. So this step changes based on the brand you have.
  •  Keep the height setting equal in all four legs.

Once the canopy tent is erect, attach the sidewalls if required. Double-check everything from frame height setting to the velcro fasteners to ensure a secure hold. Now secure the canopy tent using weights (will cover this in the weights section below). 

The video below will help you with the setup process. Some minor changes will be there if your canopy tent brand is different. But the process of setting up the canopy tent is the same for almost all the canopy tents.

Location is key to secure your canopy tents

Even a properly setup canopy tent can collapse if the set up location is poor. Never set up your canopy tent in uneven terrain. Look for a flat spot (grass field, or semi-firm soil that is excellent for staking). If it is an asphalt or concrete floor, avoid places close to any large cracks or potholes. Always stay away from bushes and trees. Any branches from the tree can fall on your canopy top and damage or even collapse your tent. Finally, always keep away from the water areas.

Tip: Flat, grass field, or semi-firm soil is the best place to set up your canopy tent.

Remove the sidewalls

When the wind picks up, remove the sidewalls. By removing the sidewalls, you’re letting more airflow inside the canopy tent that reduces wind pressure on the tent. The wind will pass under the canopy tent instead of hitting the walls and poles.

In some cases, like art shows, the sidewalls may be used predominantly. So you don’t have the choice of removing it. So you may continue with the sidewalls until you feel the wind is too much. Never hesitate to pull down your tent if the wind is intense. If you follow the ideas I’ve mentioned below in the canopy weigh section, you may need not worry about harsh weather.

Tip: Most of the canopy tents come with a vented top. Open up the vent, so the wind doesn’t turn your canopy top into a parachute.

How to anchor a canopy on grass?

The flat grass surface is an excellent place to set up your canopy tent. Canopy tent stakes are the primary source to weigh down your canopy tent in grass fields. 

In the earlier days, you have to tie down the canopy tent with the ropes or bungee cords to the stakes. These days many canopy tents have stake holes on each of their legs. The tent stakes are designed to fasten to the base of a tent and stick into the ground. This provides the tent a solid hold and helps the tent cope up with the wind.

It is a best practice to have an extra pair of tent stakes. You can nail them next to the canopy tent and use the bungee cords to tie it to the canopy top frame. This provides more stability to the tent.

When choosing your tent stakes, pick the strongest material possible. Stakes made of low-grade metals or plastics cannot hold the canopy tent. It can be pulled from the ground in the event of force. 

Choose galvanized steel canopy stakes for corrosion resistance. Moreover, choose stakes with 10-inches in size, so it gets deep enough to the ground to hold the canopy tent firmly. Eurmax Galvanized Non-Rust Canopy Stakes is an excellent option. 

How to anchor a canopy on concrete

Most of the craft shows and farmers market happens in places with a hard surface. Tent stakes won’t work on these kinds of surfaces. It is where the weights become very handy. 

Cinder blocks, sandbags, tent weights, homemade PVC pipe weights, 5-gallon buckets filled with sand or concrete are some of the popular, inexpensive, and readily available weights to secure your canopy tent on concrete.

You can attach weights to your tent (in all four legs) to help prevent it from sliding, or wind blowing it over. But in many craft shows and farmers’ markets, cinder blocks and similar weights are not allowed. Because the customers can trip over and even may get injured. Durable and heavy sandbags are an excellent choice. ABCCANOPY Industrial Grade Weights Bag is an excellent option for sandbags. for canopy weights, you may choose US Weight Tailgater Canopy Weights

Anchor the canopy tent to immovable objects

Now that your tent is stable using the weights or stakes. But it is always a good practice to add extra reinforcement. It is necessary for areas with excessive winds.

To add extra stabilization to your canopy tent use anchors. Tent anchors are strong straps attached to a tent’s frame and fastened to a stabilizing object near the tent. Make use of trailers, poles, barrels, etc. to tie down your canopy tent. It is a great thing to use this option especially in your backyard where there are no restrictions about the place and the weights. 

How much wind can a canopy take?

A properly anchored canopy tent can withstand winds of up to 40 MPH! on average. Some brands claim that their canopy tent can withstand up to 60 MPH! Ideally, if there is consistent wind around 30 MPH, it is advisable to put down the canopy tent. 

Also read, how much wind can a pop-up canopy take?

The quality of the canopy tent does play a huge role to withstand wind. For example, the Eurmax canopy tent is excellent to withstand harsh weather. But it comes with a price. Generally, a canopy tent that comes cheap won’t have tough materials. In that case, wind may tear the roof or even break the frames if the wind is intense.

Opting for a good quality canopy tent is important, especially if your geographical location is prone to more wind and rain.  

Choosing the best quality is the most important factor

Whatever the products you choose, always make sure to buy the best possible quality available in the product. It starts from the canopy tent itself. Invest in a tent that has high-quality materials made of 420 denier polyester fabric and sturdy steel frames. The Eurmax canopy tent is our choice that is solid in quality. Moreover, all the tent accessories should be made from heavy-duty materials. So it does its job without fail. 

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