The allure of budget-friendly options can lead to significant compromises in safety and quality. Even with our industry, if it is too good to be true – it usually is.
Purchasing marquees from a marquee manufacturer without doing due diligence and research can have disastrous consequences not only for your insurance – but also for your guests.
Over the years, we have heard many stories from new customers who have had bad experiences. One of these includes a 15x36m marquee event structure that was purchased from overseas that, quite literally, collapsed. At the time, guests were not present in the structure, but the legal implication could have been disastrous.
It is essential when doing research that you have access to detailed marquee product specifications, including:
- Load calculations
- Structural integrity
- Insurance coverage
Understanding load calculations is crucial for ensuring the safety of your guests. This involves assessing the marquee’s ability to withstand various forces, such as wind, rain, snow, lighting and decoration. Suppliers who cut corners may not adhere to the stringent engineering calculations required to guarantee their structures.
Regrettably, several new customers have come to us sadly too late over the years and shared their harrowing experiences. In one notable instance, a marquee collapsed when an unexpected heavy snowfall caved the roof in. Sadly, it was too late for them to realise that not all marquees are created equal.
The quality of materials used in the marquee’s construction significantly impacts its durability and safety. Aluminium is a popular choice for marquee frames due to its strength and lightweight properties. However, not all Aluminium is created equal, and cheaper options may be built with lower-grade materials that compromise the structural integrity of the marquee. This can lead to bending or breaking under stress, endangering the safety of your event and guests.
Insurance coverage is another critical factor to consider. Events require adequate insurance to protect against liability for accidents or damage. A reputable marquee supplier will provide proof of insurance, ensuring that their products meet safety standards and that you are covered in the event of a mishap. Neglecting to verify this aspect can leave you financially and legally exposed if something goes wrong.
While the temptation to save money by choosing a less expensive marquee supplier is understandable, the potential risks far outweigh the initial savings. Ensuring that the marquee has undergone proper load calculations, is constructed from high-quality materials like sturdy Aluminium, and can be adequately insured is essential for the safety and success of your event.
Some of our marquees and event structures have been standing for 15+ years through storms, winds and harsh winters. Call us today to find out more how we might be able to help you.