100% waterproof canopy tents for outdoor use

Which properties characterize the waterproofness of a canopy tent? What should be considered when buying one?

Which properties characterise the waterproofness of a gazebo? What should be considered when buying one?

We all know it: The event has been planned for weeks, the guests have been invited and all preparations have been made. And suddenly the weather forecast changes from sun to rain. To ensure that your event doesn't  fall through, you should make sure that your canopy tent is waterproof and has a high water column. 

3 features for waterproof canopy tents


We recommend you to pay attention to the following 3 features when buying a waterproof canopy tent:

  1. The canopy tent is waterproof, not water-repellent
  2. The canopy tent has waterproof seams
  3. General weather resistance: qualitative canopy tents are not only 100% waterproof, but they also have UV protection and are particularly stable in windy conditions.

Mastertent's canopy tents are all 100% waterproof. The water column values are between 63 and 79 inches. Of course, all seams are finished with an impregnated thread which seals the holes in the fabric generated by the sewing. This means that no water can come through! In addition, you benefit from our optimal roof tensioning, which ensures that the water runs off quickly and no water pockets can form.

Canopy tents stable up to 75mph
Canopy tents from Mastertent have a particularly stable construction and even winds of up to 75mph won't move them. You don't believe us?
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Waterproof vs. water-repellent canopies

When looking for the right canopy tent, you have certainly come across these terms. And probably you have asked yourself what the difference is. Here we explain why water-repellent is not enough and why usually only renowned manufacturers have waterproof canopy tents in their range:

To make sure that you and your guests won't get wet feet, we recommend that you always look for waterproof materials. Especially when buying cheap canopy tents on the internet or in hardware stores, dealers sometimes mislead buyers with the description "water-repellent". 

  • Water-repellent: On water-repellent materials, water drips off the surface. However, the fabric can only withstand a small amount of rain. The first drops can seep through after only a short time.
  • Waterproof: Waterproof materials are woven so tightly that water can only penetrate with difficulty. Therefore, a waterproof material provides a completely tight barrier against water.
Waterproof 10x10 ft canopy tent 
All our canopy tents are 100% waterproof - including our bestseller: the 10x10 ft tent. 
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When can a canopy tent be considered waterproof?

For the definition of "waterproof canopy tents" we refer to the so-called water column: it is the unit of measurement of waterproofness. According to the European standard EN 343:2003 ("Protective clothing against rain"), class 2, textiles are considered waterproof if they have a water column of 31.5 inches or more. According to class 3, textiles of 51 inches or more are waterproof. Tents, on the other hand, are considered waterproof from a water column value of at least 59 inches. The weak point of any canopy tent are the seams, which is why you should make sure that the product has an impregnated thread when making your purchase. 

What is the hydrostatic water column?


The hydrostatic water column indicates how waterproof a material is. This water column value is determined by a test in which the material's surface is exposed to water pressure, i.e. a cylinder is placed on a piece of fabric and is then slowly filled with water. The water pressure starts at zero and increases by 0.4 inches per second. As soon as the first drops penetrate the fabric, the test ends and the value determined is its water column value. 

A short example: a fabric with a water column of 39 inches withstands the pressure of a 3 ft high water column.

The higher the water column value, the more waterproof the material. 

Waterproof canopy tents put to the test

Because we care about our customers, we pay special attention to the quality of the materials we use. To ensure that you don't get wet under your Mastertent canopy tent, we subject our tent fabrics to regular waterproofing tests. Our tent fabrics are tested for waterproofness in renowned test centres. In addition, we carry out random tests in our headquarters several times a year. Thanks to these efforts we can say with a clear conscience that our canopy tents are 100% waterproof


Waterproof canopy tents with sides

Do you want an all-round protection? Then a waterproof canopy tent with sidewalls is the right choice for you. But also in this case we advise you to make sure that the sidewalls are 100% waterproof. 

Velcro strips for maximum protection
At Mastertent, all sidewalls are 100% waterproof and you also benefit from our continuous Velcro strips along the entire lenght of the canopy tent's corner posts. This means that wind and rain no longer stand a chance.
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Weather resistant canopy tent

During summer, we recommend choosing weather resistant tents, especially if you plan to frequently use them outdoors. They are usually available from renowned manufacturers and the purchase is usually somewhat more expensive than non-weather resistant tents. 

But the waterproof materials, sturdy construction and numerous guarantees pay off with regular use.

Mastertent's weather resistant canopy tents are 100% waterproof, windproof and particularly stable.

Mitarbeiterin Melanie Hopfgartner
Author: Melanie Hopfgartner, Marketing
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