Great Canopy, Great Price, Would Definitely Buy Again!
Decision Making For several weeks I researched as many carport canopies that I could find, primarily on amazon, but also at local retailers. I needed one to cover my ski boat year round, but mainly for the winters (I live in SLC, UT and we get a fair amount of snow). I needed a canopy that was big enough for my 23’ boat and was also going to be sturdy and withstand the elements. For the longest time I couldn’t find a company that made a suitable canopy that met my expectations at my price point. Also the majority of companies make canopies that are only 10 x 20 feet and that was not big enough. Most importantly, the majority of canopies do not withstand snow as stated in their product description and also per many of the customer reviews. In my assessment the main problem with other companies canopies that would prohibit use in the snow, is that other companies have too much distance between the poles. This would cause the tarp to sag an eventually rip. Finally I came upon this canopy! They had multiple sizes which was uncommon, the product description said it can withstand snowy winters, and also the pole spacing was ideal being much closer together than most competitors. I was a little leery because there were few reviews and product question and answers. But being the best one from my research I purchased it. Assembly Upon arrival the box was in decent shape, though the box containing the poles was slightly ripped at the bottom, but nothing was missing or damaged. Putting the canopy together was straightforward and simple except for installing the roof tarp and pulling it over each end peak. It is as though the tarp was not long enough. However once I was able to stretch the tarp over both ends, it fit very tight, creating a nice solid roof. So even though the installation is difficult the roof is tight in the end. It took 2 people to successfully assemble the product but I needed 2 additional people to move it into place over my boat. Assessment I have had the canopy up for about two weeks and overall it is great! The structure seems solid, the pole spacing is ideal in the poles are very strong, and aesthetically it looks very nice. We have had three snowstorms receiving 9 inches total, 4 inches on one storm alone. The snow sat on the roof all night, all day, and I removed the snow when I got home from work. The roof was still tight afterwards, there was no signs of any damage, and the snow was easy to remove by lightly tapping the roof with a broom inside the structure. My house receives significant wind being next to an empty field. To ensure the canopy would remain intact, I secured it to the ground very robustly. Instead of the poles resting on the concrete, I placed 10 extra pier blocks under each pole leg (this did raise the canopy 8 inches off the ground). I then used nylon ratcheting tiedowns straps to secure the structure to the pier blocks. I ran 10 tiedown straps from the crossbar down to the each pier block, rather than simply attaching the leg foot to the pier block with a concrete screw. I then used 4 additional tie down straps running from each top corner of the canopy to the boat at a 45° angle (basically guy lines, but instead of on the outside of the canopy, I placed them inside the structure to eliminate a tripping hazard.) Securing the canopy this way provided vertical stability, being attached to 620 pounds of pier block, and lateral stability, having “reverse guy lines” attached to a 3000 pound boat at the center of the guy lines. During the summer I will remove the “reverse guy lines“ and use normal guy lines outside of the canopy, so that I can use my boat more easily without having to remove these each time, still providing that lateral stability. 4 Stars instead of 5 The only reason I am giving the product 4 Stars instead of five is because of the fabric that is used for the roof and sidewalls. It appears to be made of standard woven nylon that is typically found in your common “blue tarp” that many people have and can relate to. Overtime I can see the snow, rain, and especially sun exposure degrading this material. Also, when I was installing the roof, the valance seam slightly ripped very small) due to the force I had to exert to tighten the roof across the structure. What is this my fault? Technically yes, but I feel that if the installation requires as much force as it did to tighten the roof, the seams and material should withstand the required force. I contacted the company and they were great to work with! They were quick to respond and ultimately made an accommodation so that I could have the small tear repaired. Overall I would highly recommend this product because of its sturdiness, aesthetics, and size options! Because most canopies fabric wear down overtime (per customer reviews of competitors canopies), I assumed this canopy would be no different. Therefore I recommend purchasing the four-year Square trade warranty for $20.