A pole tent is a pole tent, right? Wrong. Today, we’re going to take a closer look at tension tents.

The term “pole tents” covers a wide variety of systems and styles. In fact, tent tops supported by center poles, side poles and a perimeter guy system have been around longer than anyone reading this article.

Tension tents are a specific type of pole tent with structural elements that allow them to meet strict guidelines for engineered wind loads.

What Makes Tension Tents Special?

All pole tents are not created equal.

Tension tents can be loosely defined as pole tents. They are supported by side poles, center poles, and tensioned with a worthy perimeter guy system. However, they also employ a superior network of webbings throughout the top. This, in turn, is often joined to plates that tie them together creating rigid “bones” for the tent.

In addition, advanced construction methods are dictated for the manufacturing process. Strict design and engineering specs must be followed exactly to produce the engineered tension tent.

The structure created works as a cohesive unit to resist very high winds and give the owner many years of service.

Not Your Grandpa’s Event Tent

Today’s tent landscape includes ultra-advanced materials. In fact, tension tents are now as advanced as some of the popular Keder frame tents on the market.

Structural fabrics, reinforced plate systems and heavy duty webbings are used in TopTec’s exclusive tent construction process. Our tension tents can meet exceptionally high wind loads and be installed in long-term applications without worry.

Tension Tent Installation Tips

As with any tent, the system is only as good as the installation. So, make sure your crews are adequately trained and follow the manufacturer’s requirements closely.

  • Remember to test and monitor soil conditions
  • Choose an anchor system that can handle the load resistance outlined in the engineering documents

For more advanced training, check out TopTec’s Tent School.

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