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Instant Canopies Have Some Big Advantages:
No Tools - No Digging
- No Sweat !!!!


So many things in American culture are tuned to the need for speed and convenience. So it's no surprise that instant canopies continue to grow in popularity.


Instant canopies are also called 'pop ups' and 'quick shade' canopies for good reason. They are small, lightweight, flexible, and can be set up almost instantly (realistically in about 10-15 minutes).

The newest instant canopy models are more durable, with stronger frames, and have more options in fabric and style.

Like most things, price depends on quality. The best ones are water and flame resistant, and some models have additional coating to reflect heat and provide up to 100% UV protection.

Now consider these additional benefits:


Advantages of Instant Canopies:

1) Quick Shade Set-Up
Talk about a quick erection ! (Sorry, couldn't resist). These pop ups come pre-assembled and ready for immediate use. They unfold easily, usually in a couple minutes with the help of just 1 or 2 people. No ropes, wires, loose parts, tools or assembly needed.

Because of their relative small size, instant canopies built with an accordion design can be unfolded and set up by just 1 person. Begin by pulling one leg segment away from the others. This causes the entire frame to expand, unfold, and rise to a free-standing position. It's ingenious, and you don't have to pay big money to get that kind of convenience.

2) Portability
The lightweight folding frame is built for mobility, and can travel just about anywhere. It comes with its' own storage bag, and is small enough to fit in the trunk of most cars.

Most are made with galvanized steel, but a few instant canopies use an aluminum frame that is 20-30% lighter. A standard 10 x 10 instant canopy will weight only 50 - 75 lbs. There are lighter versions. But keep in mind that the lighter the frame, the greater risk of having one of those 'cheap umbrella in a heavy wind' experiences.

3) Flexibility For Any Setting
Instant canopies are so convenient and flexible, you'll see them everywhere. They are perfect temporary shelters for craft fair booths, can be made with custom graphics and logos for trade shows, or provide inviting shade for a backyard party. Several fabric colors are available, but even the standard red, blue, white, green, gray will fit most settings.

You should have no problem finding the perfect size and color combination. A 10ft x 10ft canopy is the most common size. But you'll also find dimensions of 8x8, 10x10, 12x12, and even 10x15. And since they are freestanding with no center pole obstruction or extended guy ropes, you'll get maximum use of space. A standard 10 x 10 canopy can comfortably provide shade and space for 6-8 people.

4) Inexpensive
Given their functionality and good looks, instant canopies are a good deal. You can get a sturdy frame and good quality fabric for $100 - $200.

Options can jack up the price of the simplest canopy. The heaviest fabric, or customization with your own logo and/or graphics, can take the price to $500, or even $1000.

Cheaper instant canopies are also available, but are only suitable for very limited use. Remember the 'cheap umbrella' scenario described above ? Do yourself a favor, and pay a little more for an instant canopy that will give you years of enjoyment.

Recommended Instant Canopies

Shopping for an instant shade canopy ? Visit Pop Up Canopies for specific guidelines on making the right choice.

Or if you have something different in mind, take a look at Canopies and Party Tents for some ideas on other designs and styles.


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