TENT QUALITY/GRADING GUIDE
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 preparation and handling 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
LINEN TENT LINER
Tents and sidewalls are priced as "B"
quality. "BA" ("B+") rating is often also available at an ~15% upcharge.
Do not expect a select tent if a B or C grade is rented. "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.
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.
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. Tents often come from one
event location immediately to another without the 15-days required to
separately clean and dry sections. 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. But, you also must know what to expect.
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" 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.
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" 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 15% upcharge is incurred if
"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 patches. Under 10% 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" 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.
use is also subject to
Standard Operating Policy