Posted on November 6th, 2019
A Semi-Permanent Events Marquee
If you’ve been thinking of buying or hiring a semi permanent marquee for your wedding, or if you want to buy one as a long-term investment so that you can put on weddings at your venue, there are plenty of things to consider.
If it’s for your venue, you’ll be spending a substantial amount of money for a product that should last many years, so it’s important the company you choose to buy from is reputable and has long-term trading experience. You’ll need after purchase care, maintenance, and perhaps storage too – so a ‘here today, gone tomorrow’ company would be a poor choice, even if it saves you a few pounds initially. Over time you’ll be sure to regret your decision.
If you’re hiring, it’s still important to use a company that’s been around and know what they’re doing.
Whether you’re hiring or buying you should expect speedy and efficient response times, courteous service, and plenty of help and advice.
Pay a visit
If you’re investing in a marquee to make your wedding extra memorable, or to make your business more profitable, you should always pay a visit to the company showroom to see how the business runs, and perhaps see the manufacturing process in action. Be wary of any business that won’t allow that – maybe they have something to hide.
Over this time, Tentickle Stretch Tents have become one of the UK’s leading marquee manufacturers, and have built a reputation for top quality products and exemplary customer service.
A quality marquee can make your big day extra special or increase your businesses ability to generate revenue.
Posted on November 6th, 2019
Posted on August 25th, 2019
Why stretch tents?
Stretch tents can be used in more that one area of the celebration:
- Form floating backdrops at the ceremony that add to the atmosphere without blocking out vistas or gorgeous landscapes.
- Shade the pre-drinks table from the sun with a smaller tent.
- Create intimate lounge areas where guests can mingle away from the noise of the main party.
Posted on August 25th, 2019
Posted on June 14th, 2019
OUTDOOR WEDDING VENUE
PLENTY OF ROOM
EVENT TENT RENTAL FOR AN OUTDOOR WEDDING
Posted on June 14th, 2019
You are going to need to make provisions for people to keep warm. Sure, your guests will likely show up in garb befitting of an outdoor winter event, but their attire will only do so much to keep them comfortable. To make the most out of a winter event, set up some sources of heat close to where people are expected to gather. Large gas heaters, or even better, bonfires are always a welcome addition to winter events.
Timing is Everything
The Sun is Still There
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Posted on March 27th, 2019
Common stretch tent rigging mistakes
- Incorrect pegging and anchoring techniques
- Incorrect pole positioning and angling
- Insufficient safety straps
Pegging and anchoring techniques
- The pull-out force that an anchorage stake can withstand depends on the type of soil, water penetration, and inclination and depth of the anchor.
- Loose soil provides the least resistance and may require special anchors. In this situation, pull-out tests are required to verify the anchor’s resistance.
- Where ground penetration is not possible, heavy ballast weights can be used to withstand uplift forces. The ballast weight requirement is often underestimated and can be several tons per anchor point, depending on the size of the structure.
- Anchors should always be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s manual and be sufficient to resist the maximum uplift force expected.
- Purpose-designed stakes with defined heads, used in conjunction with gang plates, are generally preferred since they do not need to project significantly above the surface. This provides superior anchorage as well as reducing the risk of tripping.
- Site inspections should be thorough and include an assessment of the grounds prior to the event .
- Riggers should ensure that they use the correct length pegs for the type of ground the tent is being erected on.
- The pegs should be at least 25mmx1000mm in size, and 1 500mm if pegging into soft sand. If pegs are too easy to slam in then double or triple pegging should be considered.
- Pegs should be hit in straight (no angle) and the full length of the peg should penetrate the ground.
- All pegs should have covers with suitable padding so not to cause injury if tripped over.
- Every corner- and side-upright pole should be anchored. An absolute minimum for a side-upright pole is one stake that is at least 1 000mm long and 25mm in diameter, driven fully into the ground. Up to date requirements for the number of pegs required at every point depends on the size of the tent. This information can be requested from RHI.
- Intermediate points on the stretch tent must also be anchored, even if uplift forces are countered at the main anchor points, as lateral movement can destabilise the structure and cause injury.
- All side-upright poles should have the means to spread the load at the base to prevent sinking when erected on soft ground.
- Stakes and ropes near exits or other walking routes should be fenced off or clearly marked to prevent people from walking into or tripping over them. The responsibility of erecting fencing and indicating designated walking routes and will normally lie with the event organiser, but the stretch tent contractor should ensure that the organiser is aware of these safety issues.
- Riggers should ensure that pegs used at floating sides / entrances are the correct distance from the tent in order to achieve the desired lateral stretch in the body of the tent, as far too often the pegs are too close to the edge.
- The correct distance to peg is the same distance as the height of the pole being used at that point.
Pole positioning and angling
- A good test of pole length is if three strong men can lift a central pole off the ground, then it should be replaced with a longer pole, or moved to where it can’t be lifted.
- If extreme weather is predicted, ensure appropriate base plates are used.
- Local weather patterns and direction of prevailing winds should be considered when planning open sides and entrances, as gusting winds can cause the fabric to lift off the poles.
- Central poles should be placed upright, no less than 4.5m and no more than 6m apart or away from another central pole or edge of the tent.
- Correct pole lengths will create the ideal run-off with no flat areas. When more than one row of central poles is needed, ensure the lengths are staggered with the longest poles placed in the centre of the tent.
- Side poles that are positioned too upright will prevent ideal lateral tensioning in the body of the tent. Side poles should be hit in at a 15° angle once the ropes are tensioned.
- A useful tip is to mark the point on the ground before lifting the edge of the tent, as this is the point where the base of the side pole should be positioned.
Insufficient safety straps
- It is imperative that safety straps are use with medium- to large-sized tents, especially where more than one central pole is being used.
- Safety straps should be placed in the "valley" between each row of central poles. The number of stakes required for the storm bolts over different sized tents do vary.
- Where the tents join where linked together is an excellent opportunity to use a safety strap by passing the strap through the carabiners that link the tents together.
Posted on February 26th, 2019
Posted on January 21st, 2019
- A premium PVC formulation suitable for outdoor exposure.
- Completely waterproof.
- Fire Retardancy complying with international Standards.
- Water repellent base fabric.
- Excellent adhesion between the PVC coating and the base fabric preventing delimitation under stress.
- Excellent weldability.
- Proprietary inhouse manufactured base fabric enables consistent control and repeatability of the tensile and burst resistance.
- Durable quality with a long expected lifespan.
- Stretch ability that matches the stretch properties of the basecloth.
- Clean ability
- More cost effective
- Water proof for longer periods
- Expected life span
- Excellent adhesion
- Change the colour of the backing fabric by using different coloured yarns the knitting process.
- Change the colour of the top PVC surface by using a different colour pigment in our PVC formulation.
Posted on January 3rd, 2019