What You Need to Know About the Best Material for Covering a Teepee

March 30, 2021 5:37 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Thinking about adding a teepee to your property in Utah? Whether you intend to make your teepee a permanent structure or a temporary one, you need to choose the right teepee material for your project. In general, Sunforger® teepee canvas is your best bet for a variety of applications, and it comes in several weights and styles. Read on to learn about how to select the best material to help your structure stand up to the outdoor elements.

Why choose fabric with the Sunforger® treatment?

Whether you plan on keeping your teepee in place for several years, or you wish to make it a temporary structure that you keep up in the warm seasons, the quality of teepee coverings makes a difference in how long it will last. While traditional structures used leather as a teepee covering, today cotton teepee canvas is generally the preferred choice. If left untreated, though, it’s prone to collecting mold and mildew.

When cotton canvas is covered with the Sunforger® coating, it resists mold, mildew and water. Not only will your structure look better, but you’ll also be able to stay dry while you’re enjoying it. If you want additional protection from water, add an additional coating like a marine resistant finish. This coating is basically a microcrystalline paraffin wax that helps water or snow glide off the fabric, allowing you to enjoy your teepee even during the colder months of the year.

Are teepee fabrics flame retardant?

Sitting around a crackling fire inside your teepee is an essential part of an authentic teepee experience at your property in Utah. It’s smart to choose flame-retardant fabrics for your teepee project to keep all occupants safe and to protect your investment. As you select a teepee material, choose a canvas that has a flame retardant coating that meets CPAI-84 standards. If you’re placing your teepee at a public campground, retreat center or festival, or if you plan on using the structure as part of an Airbnb, the fabric must have the flame-retardant coating.

What color should I choose?

While white is the most common teepee covering color, there are other neutral shades that look great, too. When the cotton canvas is stained, it actually affects its ability to withstand the elements of nature. If you’re planning to build your structure in a dry, open area with high UV exposure, white canvas is recommended. If you’re installing the teepee in a forested area, tan is the best choice, since it won’t show dirt as easily. You can always customize your teepee covering with decorations—use a latex paint and get creative to create a structure that’s all your own.

If you’re building a teepee on your property in Utah, you need to start your project by selecting the right materials, including quality teepee coverings. If you choose wisely, your teepee will look great for years to come. Contact the team at Huberwoods today to learn more about how to build your own teepee and for help in selecting the perfect materials.

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