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If you don't have experience with tents, you may feel a little overwhelmed with some of the "tent talk" when speaking with our tent specialist.  Our staff is experienced and knowledgeable about tents and will work with you to ensure you're tent is safe, secure, accommodating for you and your guests  and that you have the understanding you need to feel at ease.  Working with experienced professionals will help eliminate the stress of planning your event.  Below is a list of common terminology associated with the tent process.    

Pole Tents: 
Pole tents are the most popular and economical tent style.  They feature tall peaks and provide an airy, spacious interior. They are supported by large centerpoles in the middle of the tent. Their strength comes from highly tensioned fabric and webbing and are also referred to as "tension tents".   Click here for a comparison of our tent styles.

Frame Tent
Frame tents or clearspan tents have several distinct advantages over pole tents. They are supported by an aluminum frame instead of center poles, so there is no obstruction of view or aisles.  They can also be secured to weights instead of driving stakes into the ground.  Frame tents are generally more flexible for installation in tight spaces or unique situations. The cost of a frame tent cost is usually higher than a pole tent. 


Clearspan Structure / Engineered Tent:  
Structure tents are well suited for very large tent sizes or long-term installation.  They are also required to satisfy permitting requirements in some locations.  They have been specially designed and tested to withstand 70 mph sustained winds and 90 mph gusts.


Side Wall: 
Side walls are removable sections of walls that can partially or totally enclose the tent. They clip on or clip off and can not be rolled up.

Window Wall: 

Window walls are removable sections of walls that can have clear openings to look like windows.



Tent stakes are driven into the ground 3' – 4' in order to secure a tent.  A stake driven into solid ground can withstand over 2,000 pounds of force.


Side Poles:

Sidepoles are the poles around the perimeter of the tent. They are usually 7' – 8' tall.


Center Poles:

Center poles are the large poles in the middle of pole tents. They create the "peak" of the tent.



Weights are used to secure a frame or clearspan tent when stakes cannot be driven into the ground. On average, to safely secure a tent, 7.5 pounds of weight are required to per square foot of tent.


Wind Load:

The amount of wind speed that a tent is designed to safely handle.


Tent Liner:

Fabric that is hung inside a tent to provide a "false ceiling."