Windproof and storm-proof folding pavilions

How to increase stability

When used outdoors, your folding pavilion will also be exposed to harsh weather conditions. The wind in particular is a real challenge - which you and your Pro-Tent folding tent can master with the right accessories and by applying a few rules. Thanks to the tent’s extraordinary stability, supplemented with fastening materials and weights, your tent will withstand almost any weather. Make your folding tent storm-proof!

How to make your folding pavilion storm-proof by tensioning it correctly

When the wind starts picking up, you should make sure that your folding tent is properly tensioned. The best way to do this is to use your tensioning set, which is included as a standard accessory with the storm-proof Pro-Tent folding tent. It consists of 30 cm long T-pegs and tensioning ropes with carabiners. Use these to secure your Pro-Tent folding tent against the wind.

We also offer a professional tensioning set as an accessory for particularly demanding applications. This consists of 50 cm long, T-shaped pegs, a hammer and tensioning ropes with a quick-release function.

To achieve the best possible results, you should make sure that you tension your storm-proof folding tent in line with the laws of physics. The tensioning ropes should lead away from all four corners of the folding tent at an angle of approx. 45 degrees. Lugs are provided at the corners of the fabric roof for this purpose.

CAUTION: The tensioning ropes must not stretched too tightly. Tension only with moderate force so that the ropes do not sag. If it is windy, you must check from time to time whether the tensioning ropes are still holding firm - and readjust them if necessary or set the T-pegs again.

Note: Tensioning your folding tent is particularly effective and efficient because it not only keeps it securely in place in windy conditions, but also prevents too much movement from affecting your folding tent, which in the worst case could damage the construction.

The advantages of the storm-proof tents by Pro-Tent

Storm-proof up to wind force 8
Quick to assemble and dismantle
Windproof accessories
Wind intercepting telescopic gable spring
Tear-resistant tent fabric
Reinforced tent seams

Stabilise your tent with weights

If there are no options for tensioning your Pro-Tent folding tent, or if you would like to secure it additionally, you can use our various weights. The idea is as simple as it is logical: If the tent weighs more in the right places, it will stand more securely. To make them as mobile as possible, our folding tents are actually characterised by the lowest possible weight. For additional stability, we offer a wide range of foot weights and pole weights.

 

Be it weight plate, sand weight or water weight - these 10-50 kg accessories will ensure maximum stability for your tent even in stronger winds. And if the weather gets particularly rough? Then simply stack several weight plates (up to 75 kg per stand) and combine them additionally with water weights. These take over the function of a ground anchor if T-pegs cannot be used for tensioning due to the ground conditions.

Pro-Tent folding pavilions are particularly storm-proof

Our tents are characterised by Swiss premium quality. They are designed to be particularly robust, windproof and storm-proof while providing optimum weight benefits. This is ensured by the high-quality aluminium frame, which is exceptionally stable. A telescopic gable compression spring mounted in the roof additionally absorbs the force generated by gusts of wind. It absorbs the sudden pressures and thus relieves the entire frame.

Every part in the frame is made of particularly resistant material. The joints, for example, are made of glass-fibre reinforced high-tech plastic. We always test all components using FEM analyses for possible load cases and thus prepare them ideally for difficult wind situations. They therefore easily fulfil all the characteristics required of a weatherproof folding pavilion.

What happens to the folding tent during a storm?

Level

km/h

Knots

 

0

0 - 1

0

No wind

1

1 - 3

1 - 3

Weak breeze

2

6 - 11

4 - 6

Weak wind

3

12 - 19

7 - 10

Weak wind

4

20 - 28

11 - 16

Moderate wind

5

29 - 38

17 - 21

Strong breeze

6

38 - 49

22 - 27

Strong wind

7

50 - 61

28 - 33

Strong wind

8

62 - 74

34 - 40

Storm

9

75 - 88

41 - 47

Storm

10

89 - 102

48 - 55

Severe storm

11

103 - 117

56 - 63

Hurricane-like storm

12

118 - 133

64 - 71

Hurricane

13

134 - 149

72 - 80

Hurricane

14

150 - 166

81 - 89

Hurricane

15

167 - 183

90 - 98

Hurricane

16

184 - 202

99 - 109

Hurricane

17

> 202

> 109

Hurricane

Wind force 8 and above is called a storm. In these conditions, people should no longer be outside for safety reasons. This also means that your folding tent should no longer be outside in such conditions.

To avoid getting into such a situation in the first place, it is important to find out about the current weather situation in advance and to refrain from building up the folding tent if there is a storm warning.

In most cases, events are cancelled or postponed by the organiser anyway for safety reasons in the event of storm warnings.

Should a violent storm or very strong winds take you by surprise despite all the precautions you have taken, your folding tent can usually be taken down just as quickly as it was put up. If it is already too late for this, it helps to remove all side walls in order to reduce the wind attack surface to a minimum.

If, despite all precautions, your folding tent should be damaged, we have all the necessary spare parts ready so you can repair it. It may also be worth checking with your insurance company whether storm damage is covered.

The folding tent accessories which increase your tent’s stability.

Tent sizes of storm-proof Pro-Tent folding tents

Our windproof folding pavilions are available in three models and different sizes. Depending on your needs and requirements, special designs are also possible by arrangement.

Measurements Pro-Tent 2000Pro-Tent MODUL 4000Pro-Tent 5000
1,5 × 1,5 m    
2 × 2 m    
2,4 × 2,4 m    
3 × 1,5 m    
3 × 2 m    
3 × 3 m
4 × 2 m    
4 × 4 m    
4,5 × 3 m
6 × 3 m
6 × 4 m    
8 × 4 m    

Your windproof folding tent for a wide range of applications

Storm-proof and windproof folding pavilions are particularly important for professional outdoor use. Because when you use a tent privately you can simply avoid bad weather and possibly postpone your planned activities. In the catering and commercial sector, on the other hand, your folding tent has to withstand a great deal. The stable Pro-Tent folding tents defy wind and weather and are therefore particularly suitable as market tents, catering tents, work tents, promotion tents, sales tents, ready-to-go rescue tents, event tents and more.

FAQ: Frequently asked questions about stormproof folding tents

It’s difficult to give a general answer to this question. The folding tent’s stability also depends on the model and the accessories. Basically, however, it can be said that our Pro-Tent folding tents with the right accessories are wind and weatherproof up to wind force 8 if they are properly secured.

Ideally, you should plan well ahead. So if you have an outdoor event coming up, you should take a close look at the wind forecasts and secure your tent accordingly. If a problematic level (8 or higher) is reached, you should act early and take down your tent - or not pitch it at all. If you are caught in the storm, remove the side walls, check all safety measures and find a safe place for yourself. After all, it’s your health that comes first.

Basically, you should inform yourself well about which material the tent is made of Since "windproof" is not a protected term, any manufacturer can call their folding tent windproof. Make sure that the tent is produced using high-quality materials and that wind safety is specifically proven. The wind force facts stated will give you a clue. A windproof folding tent should at least withstand wind force 6, but wind force 8 is better.

But remember: Winds forces higher than 8 constitute a storm and at this point at the latest people should no longer stay outdoors, i.e. not even under a folding tent. Even though our most robust folding tents can withstand such conditions if adequately secured, you should take the precaution of dismantling your folding tent. This is because flying objects can damage components such as the fabric roof.

In addition, the accessories available will give you a good insight into how important the topic of storm safety is to the respective manufacturer. Weights in the form of plates, water weights or sandbags as well as professional guy tensioning should be available.

When is a folding tent considered to be windproof?

Basically, there is no fixed wind strength that a folding tent must meet in order to be considered windproof. There is therefore no standard regulating the use of this term. Accordingly, you should look carefully at the wind force up to which the respective manufacturer recommends using the folding tent. A windproof folding pavilion should be stable at least up to wind force 6, but better one or two levels higher.

Winds forces higher than 8 constitute a storm and at this point at the latest people should no longer stay outdoors, i.e. not even under a folding tent. Even though our most robust folding tents can withstand such conditions if adequately secured, you should take the precaution of dismantling your folding tent. This is because flying objects can damage components such as the fabric roof.

A higher wind resistance than against wind force 8 is therefore not necessary in practical use.

The exact setup differs from model to model. Basically, the folding tent should first be erected according to the manufacturer's instructions. You can then attach weights to secure the tent further. In addition, it is important to properly tension the folding tent. The tensioning ropes should lead away from all four corners of the folding tent at an angle of approx. 45 degrees.

It is important that your folding tent is tensioned in a way that makes physical sense. This is the only way to guarantee additional wind safety. For this the four tensioning ropes should lead away from the folding tent at an angle of approx. 45 degrees. It is important that the tensioning ropes are not tensioned too tightly. You should only tighten them with moderate force so that they do not sag. In strong winds, you should regularly check that the tensioning ropes are still securing the tent properly. If this isn’t the case, you will have to readjust them or reset the pegs.

Weights in the form of weight plates, sandbags or water weights ensure the basic safety of the folding tent. In addition, the folding pavilion can and should be secured using a professional tensioning set.

When there are strong winds and storms, rain is often not far off. That’s why you should make sure that you buy a waterproof folding pavilion which is also storm-proof. According to the European standard EN 343:2003, waterproofing class 3 is ensured from a water column of 1,300 mm. The standards of the EMPA (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing) even classify functional material only from a water column of 4,000 mm. So you should make sure that the water column is at least higher than 3,000 mm. For comparison: All Pro-Tent folding tents have an outstanding water column of 10,000 mm. With Pro-Tent you get the ideal combination of waterproofing and storm protection.

Your stable folding pavilion at a glance

  • Windproof up to wind force 8
  • A wide range of accessories is available to provide even more safety
  • Dismantled in record time in storm conditions
  • 3 models with a total of 12 different sizes as standard

Choose the right storm-proof tent system for you

Pro-Tent

2000

Pro-Tent

MODUL 4000

Pro-Tent

5000

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