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It is important to choose the correct tent for the application, since tent construction varies by brand and style. A tent that is set up only a few months a year will have a longer life expectancy than a tent that is used year round and set up & torn down every weekend. A seasonal use tent that is cared for properly can last 10+ years with no major issues.


Tent fabric is most prone to damage during handling, transportation, setup and teardown. Proper handling combined with good setup practices such as using a drop cloth, minimizing wind whip with proper tensioning, and taking the tent down prior to severe weather will prolong the tent's life.


Tents are usually worn ugly before they are worn out. Tents may lose their luster or accumulate staining while still being able to provide shelter from the elements. Cleaning aids such Celina Citrus Cleaner and Mold Prevention Treatment help to maintain the look of the tent fabric.


Tents, canopies, shelters and fabric buildings are constructed from high quality fabric. However, the fabric and frame systems that support the tent (typically) will not withstand the forces of inclement weather, such as hurricanes, tornados, or heavy snow storms. When possible, it is recommended that tents or shelters be taken down prior to severe weather.

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The terms tent, canopy, marquee, marquee tent, or canopy tent are used interchangeably by end users throughout the world. At GetTent.com, the term tent is used to define a product that is constructed to sustain harsher use environments, whereas a canopy is a lighter weight system used only for short-term, fair weather applications.


By definition a canopy (also called a party canopy) is a small light-duty tent, usually without sidewalls. Canopies are typically one-piece tops, and are therefore not expandable. A basic canopy is designed to shelter against the sun or light rain.

A tent is a temporary structure composed of a covering made of a pliable membrane or fabric and supported by mechanical means such as poles, metal frames, beams, columns, arches, ropes and/or cables. Tents are also commonly referred to as marquees, canopies, or pavilions.

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Visit this page for detailed information on pros & cons of purchasing a pole supported tent verses a frame supported tent. Pole Tents vs Frame Tents

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Fabric materials and construction methods used vary between tent series and brands. To identify the specific material used to construct a tent, navigate to the product page of the tent in which you are interested. An overview of common Celina fabric materials used in the manufacturing processes can be found here.

The #1 concern in that situation is Safety: evacuate the tent site. For more information on Severe Weather Tent Safety click here

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Manual tent cleaning is performed by laying out the tent fabric a on solid surface such as a concrete floor swept free of debris. A drop cloth must always be used between the tent fabric and the surface to reduce the risk of rocks and sharp objects that could puncture holes or damage the fabric while the tent is being walked on during the cleaning process. The tent is then cleaned by hand using tent cleaner or warm soapy water. Clean rags or soft bristled brushes are used to loosen dirt and debris, after which the tent top is rinsed with clean water.

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No. Celina Tent only sells new, first quality tents and canopies.

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With 2 dedicated manufacturing facilities, Celina Tent, Inc. is a manufacturer of tents and many other types of industrial fabric products. As one of the largest tent manufacturers in the USA, Celina is a recognized shelter, tent, and fabric products supplier to the US government, U.S. Department of Defense, FEMA and the Government of Israel. With the primary manufacturing and printing facility located in Celina, Ohio USA and a second wholly owned facility located in Taicang, China, Celina is able to provide an array of quality products to serve customers globally. While some products or accessories may be purchased and 'imported,' most of our products are manufactured by Celina Tent in a Celina facility. Our dedicated manufacturing facilities allow us to tightly monitor all aspects of production such as design, raw materials, scheduling, inspection, etc. verses a competitor who simply purchases a product serving as a middleman with no control over the production processes.

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A Pin Hole is a small puncture or abrasion that penetrates through a single or multiple PVC layers. Pin holes may cause fabric discoloration due to scrim mold in translucent fabrics or allow excess light to pass through the fabric in blockout fabrics creating the appearance of 'stars in the night sky'.


Scrim Mold is when mold or mildew grows inside the tent, canopy, shelter, or structure fabric. This occurs when moisture penetrates the scrim through small abrasions and/or pin holes in the laminated or coated PVC film layer. Scrim mold will cause discoloration in translucent fabric as light passes through. There is no way to remove scrim discoloration once it has occurred. Scrim mold is visible through translucent fabrics, but not visible through blockout fabrics. Blockout fabrics are recommended for all tents, canopies, shelters, and fabric structures.

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Squaring a tent is the process of laying out the perimeter and stake / anchor locations prior to laying out the tent fabric. Tent squaring is the critical first step in the installation of most any pole supported tents, tension tents or clear span fabric structures. For detailed information on Tent Squaring and Staking click here.

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A tent site inspection / survey is the process of reviewing the installation area prior to setup to ensure safety and efficiency. Job site inspections review the following: location, underground obstructions, overhead obstructions, and surface conditions. For detailed information on Job Site Inspections - Pre-Installation Surveys click here.

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Yes. Celina manufactures various types, styles and sizes of custom tents and is a recognized supplier to the U.S. Department of Defense, FEMA, and many other organizations. However, each new tent design requires our engineering team to create new drawings, bill of materials, and work instructions, which is a time consuming process. Unless 5 or more tents are required, it is usually cost prohibitive for Celina to manufacture custom size tents. If you have a specific need for tent industrial textile product contact us.

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Celina Tent manufactures a wide variety of tent, shelter, and industrial fabric products. Some items such as tables, chairs, flooring and other accessories are sourced from one of our numerous suppliers.

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No. In order to bring our customers products with the best value and the quickest response times, Celina has opted not to establish a traditional 'outside sales network'. With today's technology we feel it is a better customer experience to focus on tools that will provide information on demand, when you want it; not when it is convenient for a 'sales network'. At GetTent.com you will find comprehensive information such as training videos, manuals, care instructions, 24/7 chat support, pricing and the ability to buy online - 24/7 - at your convenience, not ours.

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Tent, shelter, and industrial textile product manufacturing is our core business. We are the manufacturer; not a middle man. Our modern manufacturing facilities are setup to be efficient and productive for maximum output and reduced labor. The Celina procurement team purchases large amounts of quality materials at a low cost. Our sales and customer service team is not commissioned, keeping additional costs from being added to the products we sell. All of this combined with the fact that we sell a lot of tents equates to lower overhead and savings for our customers.

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Both materials are highly corrosion resistant and exhibit sufficient strength for the task. The most popular option is aluminum, though steel is typically less expensive.


Aluminum tube frames and poles are very strong, sleek, and are found to be more aesthetically pleasing. Most choose aluminum over steel as a weight saving measure, though, truth be told, the weight savings is not that great in many cases. Most times an aluminum component needs to be much thicker than steel for a given capacity. Celina's aluminum tube & pole products are anodized. Anodizing is the process when aluminum poles and tubing are treated to form a hard, protective coating to improve outdoor performance.


Steel, even galvanized steel, is prone to rust, and therefore items should be covered when not in use to prevent or minimize rust formation. Steel is extremely strong and durable; its major disadvantage against aluminum is weight. Celina's steel pole & tube products are galvanized. Galvanizing is the process in which steel poles and tubing receive a protective coating of zinc to prevent rusting.

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Setup times can vary greatly depending on the type of tent, size of the tent, experience of the installers, site terrain, weather and much more. To give an idea of installation time, our demo team created Time lapsed videos: How long does it take to setup a tent?

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Sidewalls come in three main classes specific to various types of tents. For a more detailed look at sidewalls have a look at this video. Sides: How Do Sidewalls / Curtains Work?

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Single piece tops cannot be expanded or stretched whereas a sectional top is expandable to any desired length. Click here for more information and a video.

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For a more in-depth look at the differences between Pinnacle and Royalty sidewalls, watch this video! Sidewalls: Pinnacle vs. Royalty Side Curtains - What is the difference?

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All tent sizes are named in the same basic fashion. The first number represents the width of the tent, and the second number the length. Tents are organized by width because of how our tents are designed; tent width is the beginning value we ascribe to a tent design by starting at one end. This naming process becomes especially important when you begin to deal with tents that come in multiple pieces, referred to as "sectionals." The width represents the longest finished side of the end piece of a sectional tent. Sectional pieces are also named by how they attach to each other; a lace end will have laces along the connecting edge, a grommet end will have a line of grommets, and a mid will have a line of laces on one side and grommets on the other. A line of laces and a line of grommets are required to connect and form a seam or lace line. A Guide To Naming Tents - Shelter, Canopy & Tent Naming System