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Shelters from the Cold: A Guide to Winter-Worthy Fabric Structures

One of the main issues with common party tents is that they are not rated for any type of snow loading. This includes freak snow stores in June (that have actually happened), or installations with a sizeable installation run time, which will most likely extend into the winter months. In case your winters are balmy and snow-free, first off congratulations on living in paradise. Second, that still doesn’t mean that a simple pole or frame canopy will suffice for major storage needs. That’s right - we’re going to be discussing heavy duty fabric structures for the long haul.

I Feel the Need, the Need for S … tructures

Tents are fair-weather items. They are meant to be used to shelter guests from the sun, rain, and light winds at most.  Once you start to factor in elements like snow and lower temperatures it becomes obvious just how inadequate your standard canopy is for providing the protection needed to last until spring.

Shelters for winter weather should possess:

  1. Strong support system
  2. Fabrics that are less likely to move in wind
  3. Solid anchoring

So What Are We Lookin’ At?

Celina Tent, with our variety of tent brands, offers two main types that are specifically for long-term, semi-permanent installations. Each requires from the installer more time and effort in exchange for a supremely strong structure.

The PROspan

Imagine, if you will, the perfect melding of tent and house.  In a PROspan Fabric Structure you get a pointed roof and extruded support beams that create a structure that looks very much like the standard building. Each arch piece is assembled, bolted to the ground, and connected to the rest of the arches with metal purlins.

PROspan fabric is designed with keder to allow for smooth, tight installation. Each fabric piece’s edge is inserted into track on the framework, and slid into place. This allows for easy installation since you aren’t dealing with the entirety of the fabric at one time, and also means that you can replace single portions if they become damaged.

The Crestline

Each Crestline Truss Arch Shelter has a softer peak than the more building-like PROspan. Either completely arched or straight-walled with a curved roof, the standard Crestline is made from trusses that are erected and bolted to the ground, connected to each other via purlins for lateral stability.

Like most standard tents, the top fabric is simply pulled over the existing framework. There are bolted ratchet buckles that hold the straps that wrap around the fabric’s main support bar, keeping everything in place.

Watch our installation here!

A Timely Issue

Why are we telling you this now? Because most installations for higher-intensity structures can take anywhere from one to three weeks, assuming everything goes to plan. If you’re looking into setting up a semi-permanent shelter for this coming winter, it’s time to get on it!

Keep on the lookout for more in-depth blogs about both the Crestline and PROspan brands! Or, if you can’t wait (I can see how excited you are), check out each product page by clicking on the name, or call us at 419-586-3610 and ask the account manager for more info. Be prepared for winter shelters.