One of the most important considerations in the purchase of a canopy tent is the fabric used in the construction of the tent. The reason is that the type of fabric used will have an impact on the performance of the tent. For the uninitiated who are not familiar with tent materials, this guide on the different types and their pros and cons will help them make an informed choice.
Even though it was the primary tent material earlier for its easy availability and numerous advantages, it has now been replaced with several other alternatives with superior characteristics. However, there are several advantages of cotton tent fabric like greater airflow required in hot and humid climates, better insulation, and breathability that prevents condensation, as well as its durability. Unfortunately, cotton is relatively heavy and bulky making carrying over long distances cumbersome. The fabric can let in rainwater if it is not weathered before use, and it is not the cheapest of materials.
The use of polyester in making tents is becoming increasingly widespread because it is a tough and hardwearing material. Even when exposed to bright sunlight and challenging weather conditions, its performance or lifespan does not degrade significantly. Polyester tents are popular not only for their durability but also for being lightweight and the ability to collapse into a compact space for easy carriage and storage. Even though it is affordable, a 10×10 canopy tent does a fair job of protecting its occupants from bright sunshine. Unfortunately, since polyester does not breathe, it can be uncomfortable in hot weather, and you can have condensation building up inside when the humidity is high. It also tends to be noisy when the wind speed picks up.
Polycotton is a blend of polyester and cotton designed to benefit from the advantage of both fabrics. It is much lighter than cotton though heavier than polyester making polycotton tents comparatively easier to carry over long distances. The material is mold and mildew resistant like polyester and enjoys the durability of cotton while being less noisy than polyester when the wind is blowing. Mold can harm the health of people, according to the CDC. It also offers the same UV resistance as cotton. It makes for an ideal tent material with good insulation and breathability and resists the formation of condensation in humid weather.
If you want the benefits of cotton but also want the tent to be waterproof, you can choose a PVC-coated canvas material. The coating provides very good waterproofing and enhances the strength of the material making the tent stronger and more durable. However, the material makes the tent heavier and can make the material sweat and drip moisture inside due to condensation. However, it is a good choice if your primary aim is to have a waterproof and durable tent and you are not worried about the extra weight.
The choice of the tent material depends on your priority and requirement. Some people may prefer the tent to be lightweight, while others may be more concerned about waterproofing, comfort, or durability.