When it comes to choosing a canopy for your event, there are many things to consider and many things you may not have thought about. This post aims to help you in identifying what canopy is right for you and your needs. There are so many variations, price points, and uses for these and so it is vital that you are well informed on your options.
Canopies for events
Using a canopy as a way to define your space within an event can be broken down into a variety of needs. What you need from your canopy will depend on your type of business and what kind of events you will be hosting or attending. There are some key questions to ask yourself:
Is the event indoors or outdoors?
This is a key issue. Indoor events tend to be less demanding on canopies and so the main issues to be focused around are branding, size and access. Outdoor events tend to be more demanding and so it is vital to consider the strength and quality of the canopy.
What will the weather be like?
If you are using your canopy outdoors, the weather must be considered. If there is a chance of rain or wind, having covered sides needs to be considered. Similarly, if it is likely to be sunny and warm, allowing more airflow will be a priority to ensure the space is comfortable.
What will the canopy be covering?
If the canopy is covering perishable goods or food items, it may be wise to have a closed in canopy with one or two open sides. For situations where you simply want to define your space among many others (trade shows, markets etc) then having an open sided canopy can prove more effective, especially if there is the opportunity to receive visitors from all sides.
What Needs to be Considered About Canopy Quality
As mentioned above, outdoor canopies especially need to be stronger and more durable, capable of withstanding weather challenges as well as the more “hustle-and-bustle” nature of crowds in the outdoors. It is also necessary to consider how often the canopy is to be used. Once off use of canopies is rare and it is worth considering that even if you do not have plans for multiple events, when you have a good quality canopy, you will be able to use it repeatedly or on an ongoing basis.
Just how robust are the legs? What are the joints like?
Choosing a Canopy Size
What are you doing with your canopy? Is it to cover people or product? Will you have space outside the canopy to use as an overflow or does everything need to happen under it? Always allow for more space than you think is strictly necessary as nothing is more off-putting to potential visitors than an overcrowded space where they cannot access what you are offering – they will simply walk on to the next one and not come back!
Ease of use Canopies
Ensuring the canopy is robust enough to withstand heavy usage as well as being made for easy erection and good packing is vital. In addition, how many people are required to put up and take down your canopy is a vital consideration. Having a canopy which requires lots of work to put up needs to be worthwhile so take this into account when choosing.
Using a Canopy for Branding
A very common use for canopies is defining your space and ensuring that your brand or service is clearly visible. The quality of printing is vital for this and so make sure that it is done to the highest standards. Another consideration for this is that of choosing to add sides to your canopy. A canopy roof may be a good size but when your visitors are walking past, the amount of visible space there is quite minimal. By adding sides with printed branding you create a much better visualization of your brand. When you do not do have sides, you actually waste a large portion of potential advertising space. Consider using a side for specific products, a product launch, announcements etc. After all, you can always have a new side created if you need to but the effectiveness of this large space should be utilized as much as possible.
Types of Event Canopy
At Colorado Canopies, we offer 3 series of canopy with different sizes, options, price and plus points.
Hermes – uses an industrial grade 40 mm steel hex leg (5×5 uses a 30mm square leg) with sturdy beams and reinforced interiors, we use high performance synthetic joint components with four different height adjustments.
Zeus – The Zeus frames use a 50mm aluminum hex leg, one of the largest in the industry. Super thick sturdy beams with reinforced interiors and larger high performance synthetic joint components with four different height adjustments.
All of these are available with a variety of canopy accessories to include walls, skirts, cases and lighting requirements. Take your time to look through the options and be sure to contact us to discuss your requirements.