As mentioned previously this blog is primarily used to offer advice to prospective or existing marquee hire companies, I also use it occasionally to promote our products as, well, that’s what puts Cheerios on my daughters breakfast table. Sometimes I feel it has to be used for other purposes, such as today.
One of our rivals (who I usually get on well with) has posted an article criticising 6m wide marquees that use a 20 degree roof pitch, ie they have a 3m apex height if based on a 2m leg height. There is lots of nonsense written on the internet, as a regular user of facebook I know this all too well (made cup of tea LOL!) but the idea that a marquee featuring a 20 degree roof is inferior to any other option is beyond me. To be fair the other criticisms they make of the cheap party tent in question are accurate but having a 20 degree roof/3m apex is a desirable feature and certainly not something to be criticised.
To illustrate my point below is a photograph of the 2012 Showmans Show (this year’s photo is not available yet). This is the trade show for suppliers to the marquee hire industry and as such I believe is a reliable representation of the marquees used in the industry.
Shaded red are the marquees I believe use a 20 degree roof pitch.
Shaded blue are the marquees that don’t use a pitched roof (they are curved, peaked or pop-up styles)
Shaded green are the unknowns, I don’t know if these use a 20 degree pitch or not.
As you can see most of the marquees used commercially in the marquee hire industry use a 20 degree roof. This is done for a reason. Similarly it is actually more expensive for us to supply a 20 degree roof/3m apex, it would be cheaper to make having a slightly steeper roof but again we do this for a reason. We (and the majority of the hire industry) believe a 20 degree roof is the optimal pitch for use on a marquee.
Thanks for reading