Vinyl and You: Why Vinyl Marquees are the Way to Go

Last week, we discussed the basic fabrication of vinyl in layman’s terms – describing layering, scrim, and two main types of vinyl that we use in creating canopies. While we know there are many other materials that marquee manufacturers use for their canopy fabric, Celina’s reasoning for sticking with vinyl for all of these years all come right back around to our customers’ needs.


PVC has polar molecular construction; this means that the molecules that make up the material have a positive and negative end naturally. Most importantly, this means that the material can be sealed with radio frequency or RF welding. This process uses radio frequencies and pressure to bond materials. RF welding is a faster means of production, and also creates seams that are water-tight.

Water Proof

One of the major uses for marquees is protection from rain. From late afternoon summer showers to peak rainy spring weekends, we have found that a dry interior is what can make or break an event for most attendees.

Due to the PVC coating, vinyl doesn’t soak up water when exposed to damp conditions. This keeps the fabric from getting heavier after use in wet conditions, and minimizes the risk of bacterial growth. Marquees that are packed away wet are still at risk for mold and mildew growth, which can stain the fabric after time. Its ability to resist soaking up rain water staves off this process a bit, allowing the tent installer to wait for a stretch of dry weather to spread out and dry the fabric before damage sets in.

Light Blocking

As outlined in the last blog, Celina’s standard-use vinyl has an additional internal block out layer that adds strength to the fabric and helps to keep light from shining through the fabric. This helps out in many different situations:

  • Shade Areas
    At large festivals in the heat of summer, first aid or shade areas greatly benefit from blocking more sunlight. This helps in recuperating from being out in the summer weather all day, giving guests a respite from the sultry conditions.

  • Kitchen/Cooking Canopies
    While not necessarily requiring the light-blocking aspect, kitchen and cooking canopies often experience more wear through the need to clean them much more often than a standard marquee. Oil, grease, and smoke residue can also be an issue for some fabrics; the added strength of the block out layer helps to maintain your fabric’s resiliency after each use.

  • Special Event Marquees
    From coverings for movie and slide show presentations to  more atmospheric-heavy installations, being able to control the exact amount of light entering or exiting your marquee puts the installer in full control of the guests’ environment, giving the exact impression they’re after.

With so many benefits, you can see why Celina has invested so much time and research into using vinyl for shelter and canopy tops. If you have any more questions, feel free to contact Celina by emailing [email protected] or calling our Customer Account Managers at 44-115-794-0041. We’re here to help!