TENT QUALITY/GRADING GUIDE

Tents and sidewalls are graded from a scale of A to C. The most commonly used commercial grade is B or C, with BA or  A  being used for high end events.    Cost increases as you increase from C  to  A,  because the canvas is newer and

additional cleaning and preparation is needed. BA and A grade tents are limited availability and size, because of they are almost new, but the interior of any tent can be upgraded to A by the installation of a linen tent liner. This will add $.30-$.50 a SF to the cost of the tent depending upon type of liner.


LINEN TENT LINER

Tents and sidewalls are priced as "B" quality. "BA" ("B+") rating is often also available at an ~10% upcharge. "A" grade tents are almost new and less commonly available and incur a larger 40% upcharge. As grade decreases, tears, punctures, seam separation and stains may occur and in grade B or above, will be repaired onsite as found or reported. "A" quality (highest formal grade) tents will have few imperfections but must be specified on the Event Order by line item and requires the "SELECT SERVICE" option is included and its additional costs paid.

*Tent sections come in sunblock and sunlit vinyl. This allows light into the insides of the tent, while limiting excessive heat. Sunblock and sunlit vinyl differences is generally not visible in the evening or at night. Sunlit vinyl will look lighter and more translucent than sunblock in sunlight. This is not a defect.

The USER must always review inventory before being loaded at the warehouse to assure the quality they desire has been ordered. After loading the quality can not be changed. UNLESS SELECT SERVICE IS INCLUDED ONSITE REPAIR AND CLEANING WILL OFTEN BE REQUIRED. EXPECT SPOTS, STAINS, PARTICLES, OFF ODORS AND TEARS AS EQUIPMENT IS DELIVERED TO SITE. All of these are handled by the installation crew before the scheduled turnover time of your equipment. Our crews have installed thousands of tents and know what to expect. You also must know what to expect.

Event Orders confirmed on a "BEST EFFORTS" basis (tents, tent types, sidewalls, window walls, or clear walls) depend upon inventory and may be grade C or above. BEST EFFORTS events have no quality or availability guarantee unless SELECT SERVICE is included and its additional costs are paid.

A

"A" grade tents are top of the line or "near new" quality which means the tent is bright, crisp, clean and free of spots or stains. Few pinholes or discolorations, all repaired. Under 1% of the surface will have noticeable discoloration or defect.* Generally a top with under a dozen uses. A 40% upcharge is incurred.

LINER

The interior of almost any tent can be upgraded to "A" using a linen tent liner. Standard liners, fly liners and swag liners are available. These add $0.35 to $.50 a square foot to the cost of a tent but significantly increase the formal appearance. Because grade A and BA tents are limited availability, if you want a truly formal tent, a liner is often the best means of obtaining it.

BA, B+

"BA" or "B+" tents are of nice quality, still bright and clean but may have cleanly patched repairs from previous use damage. Minor spots, holes or scuffing that are sealed. Under 2% of the surface will have noticeable discoloration or defect.* Typically used in weddings. A 10% upcharge is incurred if available.

B

"B" tents nice but with some color fading and minor scuffing, stains, and repairs may be present. Pin-holes to be sealed with filler, repairs with some permanent and a few temporary patches. Under 5% of the surface will have noticeable discoloration or defect.* Typically used for standard weddings, events, business and tent sales. Keep in mind most "defects" can not even be seen in evening light or at night, when most tent receptions occur. Do not be overly concerned about flaws your guests will not see unless perfection is your goal and cost no object.

C

"C" is commercial grade. These tents are structurally sound but will be faded or have discolorations or spots on them. May have a number of pin-holes and repairs, some with temporary patching. These tents are most commonly used for fairs, animal or equipment storage, auctions or weather protection when appearance is not a consideration. A 10% savings is deducted.

Tent use is also subject to Standard Operating Policy [POLICY-SOP].

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