Some new satin linings have been making their way into the industry, Iâ€™m not keen and think people should be very wary before buying them. Hereâ€™s why:
Weâ€™ve been making marquee linings for 15-20 years -itâ€™s how I originally got in to the marquee hire industry. Weâ€™re certainly nowhere near the biggest manufacturer but we do a good job and everythingâ€™s made by us in the UK. Basically, when it comes to marquee linings we like to think we know what weâ€™re talking about.
For those who donâ€™t know most marquee linings manufactured in the UK use an ivory polyester, although thereâ€™s seemingly 101 different shades of ivory an industry standard is slowly filtering through so they all match. Linings made in China use satin material and with the quantities made in China probably outnumber the polyester ones in the world.
But youâ€™re not reading this for facts, youâ€™re reading this for my opinion. And my opinion is satin marquee linings are crap. Shiny satin linings look cheap and just lack the class of their polyester counterparts.
- Are made from cheaper inferior material
- Reflect the light (not a good thing appearance-wise)
- Are made in the cheapest method possible, this generally means the walls are attached to the roofs and no finishing pelmet or swag is used.
If you do buy satin linings make make sure they satisfy BS 7837: 1996 for flammability, you should receive a certificate with any new marquee linings. A lot of marquees and linings made in China are intended for the US market, unfortunately their flammability test requirements are lower than British Standards.
If you take nothing else away from reading this blog take this:
Just because something states it’s flame rertardant doesn’t mean it satisfies british standards -always insist on a copy of the test report satisfying BS 7837: 1996
As always, thanks for reading