|Frame Tent Vs. Pole Tent
|A Pole Tent is anchored in the ground by
staking. This maximizes the tension and creates a
nice, taut appearance. Within this category are also
found the dramatic, sweeping tents with taller poles.
These are sometimes called high-peak tension tents,
and offer customers wonderful interior views as well
as strongly engineered tents capable of handling
substantial wind, rain or snow loads.
|Frame Tents are advantageous for
applications that require the maximum usage of space
under the tent top. The vinyl tent top is secured to a
tent frame, jointed together by steel fittings, which is
erected and supported by frame legs around the
perimeter eliminating the need for center poles. A
frame tent is more self-supporting, but the biggest
misconception is that a frame tent doesn't need to be
staked. While this can be accomplished with a few
well-placed stakes, more often than not, it is
accomplished with concrete blocks -- creating a far
greater eyesore than the stakes. Another significant
difference between frame tents and pole tents is the
price. Frame tents are more time-consuming to install
and often cost more. Another major difference -- and
one of great concern to the client -- is the aesthetics.
A pole tent has classic lines, graceful peaks and dips.
It is unfettered and clean underneath. Frame tents
may eliminate the need for center poles, but looking
up from under a frame tent, one sees a mass of
aluminum piping. On the other hand, frame tents
allow for greater interior decorating.