While the tarps used to cover canopies are durable, they can't last forever. If you properly care for your canopy, you can get years and years of use out of it. However, there will come a time when you need to look into replacement canopies. Here are some signs that it's time to replace your canopy cover.
Tearing, Fraying and Holes
One of the most obvious signs that you need a replacement canopy is if it has any tears, frays or holes. Acts of nature or accidents can lead to large tears, such as a tree branch falling onto the canopy. Fraying can occur over time from general use, especially along the canopy's seams. Small pinholes generally happen because a tarp is mishandled during set up and takedown. These holes often occur when the canopy tarp is dragged across the ground and catches on rocks or other small sharp objects. To avoid this, make sure you use a drop cloth so your canopy isn't in direct contact with the ground.
If the fray, tear or hole is minor enough, you might be able to patch it up yourself. If it's a large tear or you aren't confident in your ability to patch up the tarp, a replacement canopy is the more practical solution.
Mold, Mildew and Rot
You should keep an eye out for mold, mildew and rot on your canopy, especially if it is often exposed to wet elements like rain or snow. Mold and mildew are not just cosmetic or cleanliness issues. They can negatively impact the integrity of the canopy's material and lead to cracking and tearing.
There are some steps you can take to prevent mold and mildew from occurring. If you use your canopy during wet weather, take the time to dry it off before taking it down and storing it. The less moisture there is the less likely it is that mold will grow. It's also a good idea to clean your canopy every once in a while with soap, bleach and warm water.
If you notice discoloration or visible mold and mildew on your tarp, it's time to get a replacement canopy. Sometimes mold and mildew can be removed, but it's difficult to tell just how much damage has already been done to your canopy by the time you notice it. A new canopy cover is the best route to go in this situation.
Finding a Replacement Canopy
If you need a replacement canopy, check out our large inventory at Canopies and Tarps. No matter what type of canopy you own, chances are we have the right replacement for it. We have everything from standard canopy replacements to canopy enclosure replacements. We even offer pop-up tent replacements.
Before purchasing a new canopy cover, it's important that you properly measure for a replacement canopy first. The canopy size is not the same as the replacement size, so accurate measurements are essential. You will want to get measurements for both the length and width from inside leg to inside leg as well as the length of a roof rafter. Don't be afraid to reach out to our customer service representatives if you need help finding the right fit for your replacement canopy.
If you decide you want to completely replace your canopy, frame and all, be sure to take a look at our wide selection of canopies.