Not all the canopy tents built the same. Each canopy brand is different; hence, the ability to withstand the wind will also differ. Moreover, there is no thumb rule when it comes to the wind resistance of a canopy tent. How much wind can a pop-up canopy take?
Generally, when you anchor the canopy tent properly, it should withstand winds of up to 40 MPH! on average. However, it differs for each canopy tent based on the built quality. Some brands claim that their canopy tent can withstand winds of up to 60 MPH! The build quality and features determine the wind resistance of a canopy tent.
For Example, V3 Pop Up Tent claims to be the strong, most durable event tent in the market. This canopy tent can withstand winds of up to 60 MPH! based on their test. You can check their test in the video below.
Since there is no thumb rule to find the wind resistance (ideal number) of a canopy tent, there are few things you may consider to secure your canopy tent in windy conditions. It doesn’t matter what canopy brand you have; if you follow the basics, your canopy tent should be good to go in harsh windy conditions.
Choose the site with care
The first step is to choose the right site to set up the canopy tent. Search for a partially sheltered place where the force of the wind is low. Avoid areas where the wind is funneled. The smart thing is to find the direction(s) of the wind before the tent setup. It will help you find the best location and maximizes the protection from the wind throughout the day.
Frame quality for withstanding the wind
The weight of the canopy tent depends on the frame quality. More frame-weight can give better gravity during high winds. It is not a perfect solution, but it just helps in the extra support to hold the canopy. Remember, the portability of the canopy tent can be compromised if the frame-weight increases.
Go For Vented Canopy Tent
Vented tops are specifically designed for windy conditions. It allows the wind to flow through the top instead of hitting the top and tilting it over. Your canopy tent probably comes with a vent at the top. Open it up when the wind is high. It helps the airflow inside the canopy tent and doesn’t turn your canopy top into a parachute when the wind picks up. It is an excellent feature in a canopy tent. But unfortunately, most people fail to notice this feature since it is not used frequently.
Resist wind by anchoring the canopy tent
Try to anchor your canopy tent to immovable objects like cars, poles, trailers, etc. It will hold the canopy frames firmly and makes sure the canopy tent doesn’t blow away in high winds. If you don’t have that option, use proper pop-up canopy tent stakes to secure the tent. Stakes are ideal for keeping your canopy tent secure during all outdoor use. Use the stakes for all four corners; more is better for high winds. Use bungee cords, strong ropes, or guy ropes to secure your canopy tent.
Make sure to buy galvanized steel canopy stakes for corrosion resistance. The stakes should at least be 10-inches in size, so it gets deep enough to the ground to hold the canopy tent firmly. Eurmax Galvanized Non-Rust Pop Up Canopy Stakes is a good option. You can keep a stone or some kids of weights over the stakes to keep it grounded even on high winds.
Using Sandbags And Weights
Sandbags and weight are useful when you use the canopy tent in concrete, gravel, or sand. It is not as stable as the stakes or when you tie it to the objects like cars, poles, and trailers. But when you’re out of options sandbags, weights can be handy. ABCCANOPY Industrial Grade Weights Bag is a good option for sandbags. For canopy weights, you may choose US Weight Tailgater Canopy Weights. If the wind is too heavy in your region, you may even use both the sandbags and canopy weights together. It will give more stability to the canopy tent.
NOTE: Pouring the concrete into a can and placing all four legs of the canopy tent and drying it will give solid stability to your canopy tent in high winds. But, avoid it since it can create portability issues. If it’s a permanent setup, you can give it a try.
Remove the sidewalls
Give more ventilation to the canopy tent by removing all the sidewalls. It will reduce the wind impact on the canopy tent. Moreover, if it’s a vented canopy tent, the air pressure will have a minimal effect on the tent due to the open top. If you’re using the tent for art shows or craft shows, removing the sidewalls can be difficult. You may continue to have it till you reach a saturation point (where the tent may blow away). Keep an eye on the weather and put down the tent when you feel the tent won’t stand the wind. You can use a wind speed measuring device to find the speed of the wind. It is better to protect the artworks rather than losing the canopy tent altogether.
Take the tent down if the wind is too strong
Remember, canopy tents are designed to provide shade. It protects you from the harsh UV rays and minimal rain. It is not designed to withstand strong wind. Any canopy tent which is prone to high wind can fly, break, tear, lose its shape, or even collapse.
If you feel the wind is more intense, never back down to put the canopy down. If the tent blows away (during strong wind) it not only affects you but also people around you. Make a wise decision during harsh weather.
How Much Wind Can a Pop-Up Canopy Take?
It depends on many factors such as the place, the built quality of the canopy tent, etc. In general, a good canopy tent can withstand wind up to 40 MPH! Some brand claims to be around 60 MPH. To make the canopy tent stable during windy conditions, you can try sandbags, weights, vented canopy tent, remove the sidewalls, and importantly setting up the canopy tent in a safe location. These ideas don’t guarantee that your canopy tent can withstand strong wind, but it will surely help to make it more wind resistant.