How do you compare all the different marquees available? It’s very confusing, there aren’t any independent ‘marquees for sale reviews’ websites out there so what can you do?
All I can suggest is to do a lot of research. Read around and get peoples opinions of why they supply what they do with their relative pros & cons. For what it’s worth here’s my argument for designing our marquees the way we have:
Are DIY Marquees the cheapest?
No. The cheapest structures will always be made from cheap PE or Poly/PVC material (and cut corners with the metalwork but that’s harder to explain/demonstrate). I once read a supplier describe PE as ‘the ultimate marquee fabric’ and the same material as bulletproof vests’, which is a bit like saying tanks are made from metal, tinfoil’s made from metal, therefore my daughters ‘spaceman’ outfit is suitable for our troops out in Afghanistan!
Don’t get me wrong, PE structures have their place in the market I just think that as a hire company it’s worth paying a little more for a much longer return on investment.
Are DIY Marquees the strongest?
No, I can’t say that either. Aluminium frame marquees are used to span 30+ metre widths and are also available in narrower widths -my argument is that they’re over-engineered when you’re only using them as 6m wide marquees (and they’re 7-10 times the price of our structures!).
To put it a different way, when you take a booking why don’t you go round and build them a brick or timber building? Because it’s expensive and over-engineered for what they need. It doesn’t make a sound business decision.
I believe our DIY Marquees offer the best returns on investment for the size marquees we supply, that’s why we supply them and I’m happy and proud to do so.
Lastly as a hire company make ABSOLUTELY sure you receive a fire test certificate with whatever marquee you end up buying, don’t hire it out without one.
Thanks for reading