Top Tips When Buying a Marquee
Only buy quality PE and Polyester/PVC coated materials, which come complete with a fire-rated certificate. Polyester/PVC coated material is by far the best quality material on the market with double the lifespan of polyethylene (PE) – beware of suppliers, which claim otherwise.
Ask the supplier if they know where the material has been manufactured? if they say its from china then run a mile as this material will perish within 3 months, however if they say its imported from Korea then you have a chance that you are buying quality. I had some chinese marquees made from chinese PE material they perish away in a matter on months, buy a marquee from a first line supplier someone like Gala Tent who have been around for years and known for quality. Im sure they also have an ebay shop and sometimes start auctions for marquees from only 99p .............so well worth a visit.
Check the pole size aswell 38mm is minimum required for 3m and 4m span marquee,.......for a 6m span marquee 44mm is required, however also check for pole thickness you need 1mm diameter minimum for 3m and 4m span marquee................... 6m span marquees require 1.2mm this is simply because of the shear span and weight of the the total structure
If a buyer does not list the pole thickness then you can bet your bottom dollar that it will 0.6mm and if the price is unusually low then alarm bells should be ringing. There are alot of bedroom sellers on ebay so its alway safer to buy from a specialist company as you will always have back up with spare parts.
Check the apex pitch height if you are buying a 6m span marquee, you need at least 3.7m or 370cm for this size marquee to be stable when erected, the lower the pitch the more unstable the structure will be this is simple mathematics. Some marquees on ebay have a very low pitch roof some as low as 3m this is to save on costs of materials inc. steel and covers etc.... which results in a very low retail price.......
Hope this helps ;)