Rental tents come in a wide variety of types and sizes. Just as Microsoft offers a variety of products for their customers, tent and special tent rental companies like American Pavilion are constantly adding to their inventories and experimenting with new products based on customer demand. While there are dozens of tent styles on the market, they can all be classified into four distinct types.
1. CLEAR SPAN TENT: This type of tent is identified by its box-beam design and its lack of any interior supports or exterior tie-downs (guy-lines). It is designed for either short or long-term rentals (a few days to years) with minimal maintenance and is the strongest and most weather resistant tent on the rental market. It generally rents for more money than any other style tent, but since its use began in the U.S. 30 years ago it is fast becoming the predominant rental tent for a variety of uses. Clear span tents are modular and range in size from 100 square feet to over 100,000 square feet. Losberger and Hoecker are the two major manufacturers in the U.S.
2. TENSION TENTS: This type of tent is characterized by its use of constant tension on all of the fabric (not just support bands) which is an integral part of the tents design and engineering. A tension tent traditionally has interior poles and exterior guy-lines for support and can be manufactured in a variety of shapes and sizes and colors.
3. FRAME TENTS: Frame tents are manufactured from round tube aluminum and steel. The vinyl fabric roof section is then strapped to this supporting framework. The framework carries the load and the fabric merely acts as a weather barrier. Frame tents generally are smaller, ranging in size from 100 square feet to 3,200 sq. ft.
4. POLE TENTS: A pole tent is what we traditionally think of as a circus style tent. They are pole supported and are tensioned via guy-lines and stakes. They are still widely used but they are losing favor to tension and clearspan tents for a number of reasons such as design, size, strength and weather resistance.