No matter the weather, canopies are a great idea for all sorts of outdoor gatherings to protect guests, equipment, and other belongings from the elements. Canopies can be broken into two categories based on durability; light-weight and heavy-duty canopies. These two types of canopies differ not only in the frame strength and thickness but the cover strength and thickness as well.
Lightweight Canopy Tents
Lightweight canopies are ideal for occasional use for a day or two at a time. They are usually constructed with an aluminum frame and weigh 40lbs or less depending on the canopy size. These canopies are best for recreational use while tailgating, camping, or enjoying backyard BBQs or get-togethers. They are quickly assembled and usually require only 1-2 people to put it up. Light weight canopies are also inexpensive, store compact, and easy to transport.
Heavy-duty Canopy Tents
Heavy-duty canopies can withstand the elements and stay erected for longer periods of time. This style of tent is usually over 40 pounds. They work best for unpredictable or harsh weather conditions, like winter, and can serve as a long-term solution for shade or storage. They cost more, but they also last much longer. Whatever the application, heavy-duty canopies fill most requirements.
Depending on the weather and frequency of use, you should select the most appropriate canopy for your needs. If you want a canopy to use for shade while camping a light weight canopy will suffice, but if you’re looking for a canopy that you can store a car or boat in year round you would be better off choosing a heavy duty canopy.