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How to Secure a Canopy in the Wind: Seven Tips

by | Jan 20, 2023 | Awnings

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A canopy tent has many uses, such as providing shade on a beach or providing a booth at a festival or flea market. However, there’s nothing more frustrating than losing a canopy in high winds. 

To avoid this problem, this guide explores seven tips on how to secure a canopy in the wind. While many of these tips are DIY, sometimes you need extra help from custom canopy services in Los Angeles

1. Choose the Correct Canopy

When you anchor your canopy, this process involves using guy lines and staking these lines into the ground below. These guy lines will start pulling against your canopy’s fabric as the wind blows. High winds can cause tears. 

You can minimize this risk by buying a canopy with a robust structure and fabrics. If you want a canopy with a vent opening, ensure it has strong velcro or a zipper. 

2. If You Don’t Have Guy Lines, Use Bungee Cords

Many canopies come with guy lines, but you can also purchase them separately. Since manufacturers design guy lines specifically for canopies, they work better than bungee cords. 

However, you can still use bungee cords if you don’t have any guy lines. People also find success using bungee cords alongside guy lines. 

3. Use Ropes or Zip Ties

You can further secure your canopy using ropes or zip ties. For example, you can use ropes or zip ties to secure a canopy to a tree. While not a substitute for guy lines or bungee cords, they can provide extra protection. 

4. Find a Level Spot

When you set up your canopy, look for a level spot on the ground versus a hilly or uneven location. A canopy on uneven ground is more likely to tip over during heavy winds. 

5. Use Weights or Sandbags

Today, many canopies come with sandbags or weights. Place these weights on each canopy leg, preventing your tent from flying away during rough winds. 

6. If You Don’t Have Weights or Sandbags, Improvise 

Unfortunately, not every canopy comes with weights or sandbags. So, learning to improvise is a big part of knowing how to secure a canopy in the wind. 

Instead of weights or sandbags, you can use rocks. Place a stone on every canopy leg. You can also place rocks or additional weights on the canopy alongside its legs. 

7. Keep Duct Tape Handy 

Putting up a canopy for an event can become additionally frustrating when it has an unexpected tear. Fortunately, you can repair it using duct tape instead of worrying about finding a replacement.

Strong duct tape can patch holes and tears, preventing your canopy from blowing away. You can also use duct tape to secure your canopy’s corners. 

Discover More Canopy Tips 

Knowing how to secure a canopy in the wind is a critical skill to have. At Van Nuys Awning Co., we can provide more tips and help you choose the best wind-resistance canopy. 

Los Angeles residents can call our awning company at (818) 782-8607 to explore our many canopy selections! 

<a href="" target="_self">Don Powell</a>

Don Powell

Hi, I’m Don Powell! I am the 4th generation of the Powell family that started Van Nuys Awning. I am an IFAI Master Craftsmen, served on the board of the WCPA and now CEO of Van Nuys Awning. I worked my way through Van Nuys Awning learning how to install, design and manufacture awnings for the last 48 years. I handle the sales for most of our large and corporate accounts. I take great pride in our client’s happiness and successful installation and manufacturing to our client’s design. One step I take to maintain our company’s quality and client’s request will align is to personally oversee each project’s work order. Thanks for taking time to view, read, and consider working with Van Nuys Awning.
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