Are you considering buying a new sign, awning, or tent? Do you have questions about caring for your sign, awning, or tent? For all of your awning, sign, canvas, and tarp needs in the Rocky Mount and Greenville, NC areas, contact Rocky Mount Awning and Tent Company today! We can’t wait to work with you to make all your storefront dreams a reality.

We’re here today to answer some commonly asked questions about all of these products. If you don’t see your question here, though, please give us a call ASAP and we’ll do our best to answer whatever questions you may have.

  1. What is the difference between a frame tent and a pole tent? In the simplest terms, a frame tent has a fabric top that rests on a complete metal framework, which a pole tent is created by inserting side and center poles into a top and using the anchoring system to pull the top tight.
  2. What is the life expectancy of a commercial grade tent? A seasonal use tent that is properly cared for can last up to 10 years with no major issues. We define “seasonal” as only being used during the summer months. Tents that are set up for only a few months out of the year will have a longer life expectancy than a tent that is used year round, or set up and torn down every weekend. Tent fabric is most prone to damage during handling, transportation, setup and tear down. Proper handling combined with good practices such as using a drop cloth, minimizing wind whip with proper tension, and taking the tent down prior to severe weather will all prolong the tent’s life. Tents may lose their luster or accumulate staining after a few years; these tents can still provide shelter from the elements. Cleaning aids such Celina Citrus Cleaner and Mold Prevention Treatment help to maintain the look of the tent fabric. The fabric and frame systems that support the tent will not withstand the forces of inclement weather such as hurricanes, tornadoes, or heavy snow storms. When possible, tents or shelters should be taken down prior to severe weather.
  3. What is the difference between a tent and a canopy? The terms tent, canopy, marquee, pavilion, and shelter are used interchangeably by users throughout the world. We refer to a canopy as a small structure comprised of a fabric top and lightweight support system. Canopies usually do not have sidewalls. Most tops have one-piece construction and are not expandable. A basic canopy is designed to shelter against the sun or light rain only. A tent is a temporary structure composed of a covering made of a pliable membrane or fabric and supported by poles, metal frames, beams, columns, arches, ropes and/or cables. At Celina Tent, the term tent is used to define a product made to withstand a moderate amount of use and weather (rain, moderate wind load).
  4. What should be done if a tent is up and a storm is coming? The #1 concern in that situation is safety. IMMEDIATELY evacuate the tent site at the first sign of harsh weather. If bad weather is anticipated, striking the tent completely is the best course of action. In the event that the tent cannot be completely taken down, try and remove as much fabric from the tent (sidewalls and tent top) as possible to reduce wind loading.

 At Rocky Mount Awning & Tent Company, we are an in-house fabricator of custom awnings, canopies, and signs. Our goal is to make your storefront or home front dreams a reality. We create, install, and service our signs, awnings, and canopies. Our awnings and outdoor canopies can improve the look of residential, storefront, or business buildings while adding protection from the sun, saving you money, and advertising all at the same time. We also make and repair custom tarps and covers.