Whether considering a 30 foot wide tent or a 40 foot wide tent, securing the tent for installation is critical. While tents are typically erected in clear weather without the risk of wind or rain, the unexpected can and often will occur. If a tent will remain positioned for an extended period or simply over a few days or a weekend where inclement weather is a risk, it must be secured.
Anchoring a 30 foot or 40 foot wide tent to weather a storm is a relatively straightforward process, but the steps must be followed meticulously to prevent damage and danger to persons and objects.
30 Foot Wide Tent and 40 Foot on Grass
For many special events, 30 foot wide tents and 40 foot wide tents are placed on grass rather than concrete or paving. Grass is softer but it’s still possible to stabilize a tent for a storm.
Stakes are used to secure a commercial tent for a storm. Stakes are inserted into soft grass to ensure that the tent remains upright and fully intact during inclement weather. Staking isn’t needed for all conditions but is absolutely essential if wind or rain is expected. Stakes create security and stability while also ensuring consistent positioning for a 30 foot wide or 40 foot wide tent. Excess rope from slack lines should be secured when a storm or wind is expected. Rope can become dangerous, whipping around at high speeds. Rope should be secured around a stake for protection.
- When using ropes to secure stakes to Economy Tents, they should be looped to the exterior rings on the tent and then tied to the stake with a double-loop clove hitch knot.
- Ratchet straps may be used instead of ropes. Many event organizers and tent rental companies find straps to be easier to handle and more efficient to work with. Ratchet straps should be tightened first from the corners of a tent, working inwards.
Does a 30 Foot Wide Tent Require Cross Bracing?
Cross bracing maximizes the wind resistance potential of a 30 foot wide tent or 40 foot wide tent during a storm. Aluminum tube cross bracing is recommended to prevent the frame from bowing inwards or outwards during a storm. Steel cable bracing may also be used.
To meet maximum tested wind resistance, tents larger than 30’ x 30’ require cross bracing. We supply cross bracing as an additional option for your commercial tents.
Using Barrels to Secure Large Commercial Tents
The largest commercial tents placed on solid ground like concrete, asphalt, pavers, brick, and similar surfaces can’t be staked with the traditional method. Instead, guy ropes or ratchet straps can be used to secure the tent to weighted anchoring points. Barrels are a common solution. A standard 55-gallon barrel filled with water or sand can provide adequate stability during a storm.
Barrels are functional but they are far from impressive in terms of their esthetic.
Economy Tent can supply custom barrel covers made from heavy-duty lacquered white vinyl. Barrel covers are made with hook and loop systems for easy tie-downs. For a more esthetically pleasing or branded barrel cover, we offer a digital printing service.
Does The Process Change a 40 x 100 for a Wedding?
The process of anchoring a commercial tent remains the same whether considering a smaller 30 foot wide tent or the largest 40 x 100 wedding tent.
There are a few extra points that can be considered when planning a wedding or other major event.
- While Economy Tents like 40 x 100 wedding tents are designed to resist wind and rain, events will always go smoother in fair weather.
- Keep flammable materials away from tents. Cooking stations, barbecue pits, heaters, etc. could cause significant damage during a storm.
- Objects and equipment placed outside may not be as resilient as the 40 x 100 wedding tent Generators, electrical equipment, stored beverages, and food should all be secured and under cover.
- Walkways between structures, entryways, and exit points could all be exposed to wind and rain and adequate precautions should be taken. Walkway coverings, entrance coverings, and temporary flooring can all be used to provide a better experience during poor weather.
A 40 x 100 wedding tent can be used to create an impressive venue at any suitable outdoor location. Economy Tents are made to the highest industry standards for quality and durability, but your event and your guests may not be as resilient. Consider that wind and rain from a storm can occur and take precautions. In some cases, it may be easier to delay the event for practical reasons. Planning well in advance will ensure that you’re prepared for any outcome.
The Best 30 and 40 Foot Wide Tents Offer Superior Wind Resistance
Commercial tents aren’t all created equal. With the best 40 or 30 foot wide tents, you can have confidence knowing that your event will run smoothly regardless of the weather.
Economy Tents in the Classic Plus™ range are designed to stand up to adverse conditions. They have been engineered and tested to withstand wind loads up to 75 mp/h when cross braced.
Safe and successful events start with the best commercial tents. For the most reliable tents that are competitively priced, talk to Economy Tent International.