Thursday, June 18, 2020

Top 5 Ways to Use a Tarp Canopy this Summer

Summertime is the best time for tarp canopies.  Here are 5 great ways to use a tarp canopy this Summer

The summer of 2020 will be different than prior summers due to Covid19.  People have been quarantining and trying to find new ways to keep themselves entertained or deal with major issues.  Below are some great ways to use tarp canopies, tarp covers and various other types of tarps this summer.

1. Party Shade - Barbecue or block party, a tarp canopy is an instant shade solution
2. Trade shows and farmer's markets are a staple for tarp canopies.  The 10x10 canopy is the most popular at these. 

3. Drive-through restaurants now use tarp canopy tents to shade the cars as they wait in line to order.
4. Family outings - Portable enclosed tarp canopies are great when entertaining the family at home, parks or beach (where allowed)
5. Last-minute emergency shade needs.  Triage tarps and canopies are used to set up emergency stations and supply shade at the same time. 

For more information about Tarp Canopies visit:

Monday, January 27, 2020

It's Called The Tarps Plus Challenge

The Tarps Plus Challenge
It’s called “The Tarps Plus Challenge,” an outrageous web series pitting people against tarps in a no-win situation.
Celebrating sport and outrageous silliness; welcome to The Tarps Plus Challenge. The weekly video series features athletes, actors, magicians, and regular people in outrageous scenarios with tarps. Each week a fictional participant is presented with a challenge that demonstrates how significant the tarps from Tarps Plus are.

The spokesman Billy Mac who carries a close resemblance to the actor/filmmaker and owner of Tarps Plus Michael Stein, introduces the subjects in each video. In most cases, the subject fails at defeating the tarp in one-way shape or form.
According to a study conducted by Tarps Plus, most people that use tarps are outdoor and adventure driven. Tarps Plus wants to celebrate the average everyman and everywoman who is looking for adventure.  The company is small but large for a tarp supplier and is the leading online tarps presence in the USA.

The advertising budget for the web video series is next to nothing. It doesn’t hurt that the owner of Tarps Plus (Abadak Inc.), Michael Stein, is also an actor, writer, director, and producer.  Stein, along with his thirteen-year-old daughter, write, produce, act, shoot, and edit each episode. They have shot twenty episodes and will be shooting thirty more for the remaining episodes of 2020.
A new video is rolled out every Wednesday at 10:30 am CST. The videos are approximately two minutes in length, except for the occasional “How To” themed (how to use a tarp for different applications), which are approximately 8 minutes.  The videos are featured on the company’s website and social channels.

Watch episode 1 of the “Tarps Plus Challenge” here:

Episode #1 “Football Player vs. Tarp” has been strategically timed to launch two weeks before the Superbowl.
According to, the top two types of video content consumers want are “Explainer” videos and “Entertainment Viral” style videos.  68% of consumers want to see shorter videos (between 2 to 4 minutes) 39% want explainer videos and entertaining viral style videos.
Stein said, “It wasn’t easy making videos about tarps funny and entertaining but believe we have found the right formula.”

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

How to Make a Halloween Maze with Canopy Tents

Halloween is coming soon and everybody is trying to up their game on decorations and entertainment.  The best way to get the most bang for your buck is to build a home installation with canopy tents.  Below is a step by step on how to build a haunted house or Halloween on the cheap:

  • Step One: Purchase a 10' x 20' canopy tent wit side walls and a pack of 10 cheap light duty 6'x 8' tarps.
  • Step Two:  Set up the tent with side walls
  • Step Three: Hang the 6' x 8 ' tarps along the center of the canopy, separating each tarp every 2'.
  • Step Four: Connect tarps in  a zig zag formation creating a maze through each 2 ft opening.
  • Step Five: Create scary installations  on every corner of the maze.

For more information about canopy tents go to:

Monday, July 15, 2019

Summer Weddings With White Ace Canopies

One of the most essential items for a wedding is a canopy tent.  Nothing gets you more bang for your buck at the event.  A beautiful white top accompanied with the bride's white dress tie's the whole ceremony together. Wedding canopies can be expensive but there are places where you can get these tents for cheap.  In many cases it is more cost effective to buy instead of rent.  Below are some key factors on why it is better to buy the canopy tent for a wedding instead of renting:

  1. Many canopy rental companies need the most heavy duty grade to last set up and take down for events all year long.  Sometimes it pays to buy a medium grade canopy tent that is cheaper to buy than the purchase price of the much heavier duty type.
  2. Re-use the canopy tent after the wedding.  If you have a home with a backyard it might be worth it to buy and get more use out of the tent.
  3. Sell the tent after the wedding.  The resale value on canopy tents are very good.  You could potentially save a lot of money by buying the canopy tent for the wedding and selling it afterward as appose to renting it. 
  4. Gift the tent.  It's great item to offer a friend and family member and after you subtract the rental cost you would have paid if you rented, the canopy tent cost to gift might be marginal. 
For more information about canopies, go to: 

Thursday, November 29, 2018

What to Expect From Canopy Tents in 2019

The canopy tent industry will see some changes in 2019.  The weather, politics and the economy will all be a factor.

Canopy tents are an expendable item.  These temporary shelters will not last forever.  The main question is, how long will they last.  The current trend in weather is seeing summers with higher temperatures and winters with colder temperatures.  Below are some changes we can expect to see for the canopy tents industry in 2019:

  1. Thickness of material - Due to the longer and hotter summers, the tops on canopy tents will need to be thinker that they have in the past.
  2.  Cost of steel - Trade tariffs will have a major effect on the cost of steel.  All American importers that sell steel related products can expect a 27% increase in costs, rounding off the margins of products to a minimum of 30%  American made products can be up to 60% higher than imports.
  3. Loss of product due to volatile weather - 2018 saw record high storms, tornadoes and hurricanes.  If the past 10 year trend continues, we are likely to see more and thus be prepared to have damages to canopy tents due to this factor.    
 For more information about outdoor canopy tents and carports, go to:

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Party Tents For The Holidays

Party tent are used for many events during the Summer but Fall and Winter are actually the bigger season.  It starts with the pumpkin patch vendors, then the Christmas tree vendors.  The use and demand for party tents for these industries are great.  The pumpkin patch vendors need tents to cover and display their stock, likewise with the Christmas tree vendors.  Below are the benefits of party tents with vendors:

  1. The party tents cover the stock from rain, snow and harsh sun.
  2. The tents are a great staging presence to display the product.
  3. The visibility of the tents attract the attention of potential customers.
For more information on party tents contact or call: 1-800-838-3057

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Party Tent Canopies For Events And Vendors

Party tent canopies vary in quality and it is essential to know the differences which can save you money, effort and headaches.  Your average street vendor or event planner will require a heavy gauge steel pipe for the canopy frame.  A strong frame will ensure stability and the longevity for daily use.

Light duty party tents are basically meant for two reasons: One, lower cost and two, easy mobility.  The light duty tents should only be considered for occasional use. 

Below are the key points and differences between the light duty and heavy duty party tent canopies:

Light Duty Party Tent Canopies:

  1. Mobile, light and easy for transport
  2. Lighter Steel and Top Material 
  3. Cost effective 
  4. Less resilient to harsh weather 
  5. Easily breakable 
Heavy Duty Party Tent Canopies:

  1. Long Lasting, good for daily use
  2. Heavier to transport
  3. Cost more
  4. Higher Quality and more appealing appearance 
  5. More resilient to harsh weather
The material for party tent canopy frames can vary from galvanized steel poles to powder coated steel.  Party tent canopy tops can range from, polyester, poly oxford and vinyl. 

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Canopy Tent Trends for 2018

Every year the demand for new types of canopy tents grows.  Many people find new requirements for outdoor shade or weather protection.  This year shows a new trend of necessity as oppose to leisure driven purposes.  The growing trend of minimalism is seeping it's way to the canopy tent segment.  An increasing trend of people are choosing to buy smaller homes and opt for a carport as appose to a shed or metal building.  In some cases people have been storing excess belongings in an enclosed canopy tent rather than a storage unit. 

A recent canopy tent buyer at Ace Canopy said, "I would rather spend $500 fixing up my backyard with a canopy tent gazebo, than spending the $5000 on vacation trip this summer."

Although the economy is improving, many people are choosing to improve the quality of their backyard in exchange for that expensive summer trip.

New Trends To Expect in 2018 From The Canopy Tent Industry

  • Substance over style.  More people will be buying canopy tents for their function before looks. 
  • Mid range grades of canopy tents will be desired.  Customers will not want the light duty of super expensive heavy duty models but will opt for the medium to higher grade canopy.
  • Slight increases in prices due to material costs such as metal and plastic. 

Below is enclosed canopy tent which will most likely be the higher demand canopy tent in 2018.


Friday, July 21, 2017

Applications For Tarps In Summer

The simple tarp can be used for many applications.  Summertime is especially when you can't get creative for shade or other uses when it comes to this trusty plastic cover. One fine and you so way to use a poly tarp is to use it as a liner in the back of a pick up truck, fill the truck bed with water and you have a homemade Jacuzzi. Some people call these redneck hot tubs. Here are some tips on how to set up a pick up truck hot tub:

  1. One – 10' x 10' poly tarp heavy duty
  2. Make sure the tarp is snug to the bottom of the truck bed. 
  3. Fill the water only 3/4 of the way to the top to prevent over flying when people get in. 
  4. Make sure your truck has the capacity to hold the weight of the water in the truck bed. 
  5. Use at your own discretion and caution. 
It is essential to make sure you use a heavy duty waterproof poly tarp when it comes to filling the truck bed with water to make sure it doesn't leak. Most heavy duty tarps Will be able to handle a small truck bed of water. 

The tarps it should be a minimum of 1000 denier and 14 x 14 mesh count.  

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Vendor Grade Pop Up Tents

Vendor grade canopy pop up tents are essential for vendors that use these tents every weekend.  Vendors that set up their pop up tents at fleamarket's, swap meet, farmers markets and weddings know the importance of a pop up tent with a heavy duty frame and a thick top.  Many times the novice vendor will buy a light duty pop up tent at Home Depot and find themselves with a broken tent after a few uses.  It's important to have a heavy duty tent frame and thick top that can stand the test of time, use and harsh elements.  For many vendors the clean aesthetics are important because this will be the first impression a buyer has about your business.  

Below are important key factors for pop up tents:

  1. A heavy duty frame that could be used every weekend for a long period of time. 
  2. A minimum of a 500 denier top to withstand harsh sun and rain. 
  3. Sandbags to keep the tent frame in place in the occurrence of heavy winds.
  4. A neutral white color top unless the theme of your company is a distinct color. White is all encompassing for many situations.

To test the strength of a pop up tent frame, many users will hold onto the roof frame… The frame is strong if it can hold somebody that is 150 pounds.  It is advised to take precaution when hanging from the tent so do not let your feet remove from the ground.  This test must be done at the users on discretion. 

Friday, March 3, 2017

Commercial Grade Party Tents

Commercial grade party tents are an essential tool for catering companies, event coordinators, wedding planners and overall event organizers. The essential components for party tents are:

  1. Heavy duty galvanized steel frame. 
  2. Fire retardant tent top. 
  3. Footpads and canopy steaks for secure foundation. 
  4. A CPA I – 84 fire retardant specification. 
The above specifications are essential for party tents due to the requirements of using them in public.  Of heavy duty frame is essential for multiple uses on a daily weekly and monthly basis.  Most party 10 tops need to be fire retardant due to fire marshal regulations. Most events will take place in public and cover many people so liability is an issue and a fire retardant top is essential. Due to even the slightest of windy conditions making a canopy unstable it is important to make sure the foundation of the canopy is firmly set in the ground. Foot pads and canopy steaks can I sure a solid footing of the party tent.  ACPA I – 84 fire retardant specification will be essential to supply a fire marshal or satisfy insurance requirements when using large party tents in public. 


Most commercial grade party tent sizes range from 10' x 10' two 30' x 40'. Industrial size party tents can range up to 100' x 300' but will require building permits most likely. 

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Baseball Tarps Season Is Here

Baseball coaches and athletic directors are now searching for baseball tarps for the 2017 season.  These athletic covers need to be of the highest quality to withstand the rain as well as the pulling of the tarp onto the field.  Most coaches will look for the below standards in athletic field covers:

  1. High weave count.  This enables the tarp to be strong and still light weight.
  2. Seat belt grade handles.  These large tarp can be heavy so the hadles must be able to withstand pulling pressure.
  3. Industrial sewing.  Heavy duty handles are only as good as the stitching that attaches it to the tarp.  If the handle rips off the tarp material due to improper sewing, it does not matter how strong the handle is. 
The baseball tarps range in sizes from 100' x 100' to 170' x 170'.  The main purpase is to keep the infield dry.

   Handles range every 10' along the perimeter of the tarp. The tarp can be laid down with sand bags of canopy stakes.

Round tarps can also be used to cover the pitchers mound.
Most of the athletic covers are polyethylene due to it's strength and light wight.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Tailgating and Camping Enthusiasts Seek Out Instant Canopy Pop-Up Tents for Spring.

Spring is almost here and camping enthusiasts and tailgate goers are seeking shelter. Instant canopy pop-up tents are the essential tool for these activities. Below are the key components for the right instant canopy pop up tent.

- A light duty but strong pop up tent frame.
- A bullpin release as opposed to a pushpin. 
- A minimum of a 250 denier top. 

Below is the ideal pop up canopy tent for tailgaters and campers: 

It is also essential to make sure the top is a CPAI – 84 specified fire retardant top. Flea market and Swapmeet vendors seek out this high standard of fire retardant in order to stay within fire marshal restrictions.  


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Monster Tailgate Folding Chair with Canopy

The ultimate canopy chair fits 400 lbs.  The Abadak Monster chair is basically a large camping folding chair that can hold multiple people (up to 400 lbs capacity). Tailgaters and camper usually like them because each arm rest can hold 3 drinks, so if you wanted to drink a six pack without getting out of the huge chair, you can. 

This chair comes with a canopy on top to protect against the sun but they also have the folding chairs without canopies.

Key Points about the Abadak Monster Chair:

  • The weight capacity is 400 lbs.
  • Folds into a carry bags - easy to carry.
  •  6' tall
  • Comes in red, blue, black
Abadak says the chair will come in Burnt Orange and Maroon at the beginning of 2017.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Canopy Carport And Their Functionality

A canopy carport is a handy structure and can be used to fulfill all kinds of functionalities. Essentially they are used as a portable structure to park your automobile. You will find that once they are assembled you may have other uses for them.
Home owners who are thinking about purchasing a third family vehicle will often look at this option as a way to protect their new addition from the elements. They are manufactured to protect your motor car from UV sun rays and particles kicked up by the wind.
Some of the products available look like a fully fledged tent when assembled. Assembly is straightforward with a roof and sides to protect your assets. Some buyers opt for this package as their largeness of size enables the user to use them for storage space for tools and other accessories.
For boat owners these products are ideal as they offer the added protection your boat will need when not in use. Boat owners will usually cover their boats with a tarpaulin covering and leave them standing outside or next to the house to brave the elements. Canopies can be used to give them added protection especially for the long winter months when speedboats and other water sports vehicles are left standing.
Assembly is straightforward with easy to use manuals and picture diagrams to assist you with their construction. This can be accomplished within in a few hours. Some business owners will install these in their businesses car park. They look great and can be branded if so wished.
A canopy carport can have other functionalities depending on what your purposes are. They are ideal to store other items under and within. For instance, should you want to spring clean your home and provide extra space within your house, this is a great way to do just that. Other uses because they are portable is to take it along with you should you go on a camping holiday. They offer a reliable source of shade on hot sunny days.