Factors That Impact The Cost Of Custom Canopy Tents

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29 September 2022

Factors That Impact The Cost Of Custom Canopy Tents

These days it is hard to imagine an outdoor event without the custom canopy tent. Tradeshows, corporate parties, exhibitions – you name it, and the event will have use for the custom tent. This unique accessory has transformed the outdoor event landscape with its unmatched versatility.

There are lots of different custom canopy tents available in the market. Some are very cheap, others not so much. Outdoor canopy tent manufacturers tend to offer a wide range of tailoring options, so that your custom printed pop up tent represents your brand in a tradeshow. You might have wondered what contributes to the cost of a heavy duty pop up canopy tent. This article will help you understand.

A custom tent normally comes with the following basic components, along with other accessories you might have ordered:

  1. Canopy
  2. Frame
  3. Roof tension system
  4. Connectors
  5. Guy ropes
  6. Tent spikes

A careful examination of these components and some other factors reveal the basis of a tent’s cost. Let’s take a closer look.

The Canopy

The canopy is that all-important part of the tent that protects you from the elements. Its primary function is to block rainwater and the sun’s heat and UV rays. Canopies were traditionally built from canvas. But these days, artificial fibres are used. You have tent canopies made from materials such as polyester, nylon and PVC.

All three materials are waterproof, UV-resistant, durable and customisable to varying degrees. Polyester and PVC turn out to be the materials of choice for top notch tent manufacturers. Polyester is more breathable and lightweight compared to PVC, but slightly less waterproof also.

The best tent manufacturers tend to coat their polyester tent canopies with PU. This is a revolutionary new material that can add to the waterproofing and UV-blocking capabilities of a canopy. It can also help the canopy last longer and lend it a classy sheen. PVC canopies on the other hand need to be thick enough to withstand the elements for many a season.

Now, you got to understand that good things cost more than the average ones. But even then, much depends on the tent manufacturer.

Out testers were highly impressed by the build quality and cost-effectiveness of the Pavilion, as well as the Pinnacle range of custom tents from Extreme Canopy. These tents come with thick PVC canopies – 580gsm for the Pavilion series and 750-900gsm for the Pinnacle series. If you go for a plain canopy you can enjoy a whopping 5-year warranty. Now that talks quality and cost-effectiveness, all at once!

Tailoring your custom tent

Why are you buying a tent? If the answer is ‘for tradeshows’, then you must be serious about brand promotion. Your tent is your canvas to display your brand logo, slogan – if any, and brand colours.

Modern tent manufacturers like Extreme Canopy offer a host of bespoke services to all their customers. You can make use of these services to have your very own custom printed pop up tent manufactured. Yes, bespoke services aren’t free. But think of it as an investment. In the long run this is going to help you reach out to more customers.

Can you think of a brand promotion tool that also doubles up as a shelter solution? The custom canopy tent is definitely one such accessory!   

The Frame

The frame is that part of your custom canopy tent that lends it its shape and keeps it erect when pitched. What’s the best material for a tent frame? Any material that has the following attributes:

  • Lightweight
  • Strong
  • Corrosion resistant

There are various steel alloys that have the aforementioned attributes. But, 6063-T5 and 6061-T6 aluminium alloys top the list of the best frame materials. They have all the said attributes, and are cost-effective.

One cannot call an outdoor tent “heavy duty” unless it is built from durable materials, and good things cost slightly more than the average ones. Take for instance the Pavilion and Pinnacle range of custom tents from Extreme Canopy – products, we often refer to because of their top notch quality. Now these tents have frames made from the aforementioned aluminium alloys. This makes these accessories incredibly durable and cost-effective in the long run.

What would you choose – a cheap material that saves you money initially but doesn’t last long, or a quality material that has a long lifespan and lets you reap the rewards of owning it for seasons on end?

Miscellaneous accessories

Things like steel connectors, nylon fasters, hardened steel spikes, and aluminium base-plates are as important as the frame or canopy. Cheap isn’t always the best, especially in the long run. Invest in good quality accessories. Always think of the long-term benefits of things you buy.


Cutting down on expenses is always good, not least if you are a businessman. But smart businessmen think of the future before investing in a product or accessory. When you plan to invest in a custom tent, first ask yourself “How long am I going to keep it?” If your answer is “as long as it lasts”, go for a quality product from a reputed manufacturer.


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