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Engineered and Non-Engineered Cabanas: Which One Should You Buy?

By September 30, 2021November 4th, 2021No Comments
Engineered Vs. Non-Engineered Cabanas

Pool cabanas are the perfect addition to any hotel, resort, or home pool deck. They lift the value of the property, immediately become a top attraction for guests, and provide much-needed lounge space for whatever the occasion must be. 


When it comes to choosing what type of cabana you’d like to install, one question during the decision-making process pertains to whether or not you’d like an engineered or non-engineered cabana. And while both can be splendid to have on your property, it’s important to understand the distinctions between the two of them. 

So, what’s the difference? Continue reading below to learn more:

Non-Engineered Cabanas 

Non-engineered cabanas place an emphasis on the overall aesthetic quality of a cabana. They’re all about achieving a signature look that’s often reminiscent of high-end luxury. Non-engineered cabanas bring in value via their lavish designs and endless potential when it comes to the use of different materials and framing techniques. They’re sturdy, but built more for light use than they are for long-term wear and tear. 

If you’re comparing a non-engineered cabana to an article of clothing, think of it as that pretty dress you pull out for special occasions. It’s not built to compete with, let’s say, jeans. What it is made to do, however, is look absolutely stunning. Because non-engineered cabanas do not need to meet stringent stress-testing standards, there’s a much wider array of looks and styles that can be applied to them compared to engineered cabanas.

Engineered Cabanas

In the clothing analogy used above, engineered cabanas are your daily-wear jeans. They’re built with stronger fabrics, can stand the test of time, and are purpose-made to be able to withstand years of patrons enjoying them non-stop. Engineered cabanas, while also pleasing to the eye, have a secondary focus: strength. They are made to be resilient and take on a lot of stress. Stress that may have significantly impacted less-robust non-engineered cabanas. 

For example, depending on the model, each of our engineered cabanas can withstand between 60-180 mile per hour winds. So if you’re a resort that’s used to tropical storms and other battles with the elements, an engineered cabana is probably the way to go. The fabric used, the framing materials, and the design all lend themselves to being able to go the distance. That means lower turnover year over year, and less maintenance costs to boot. 

Which to Buy?

If aesthetic is your top priority, then it’s a no-brainer: non-engineered cabanas are the way to go. However, if your property has a lot of foot traffic, or needs more robust units to be able to handle environmental factors, then an engineered cabana is clearly your best option. At the end of the day, it boils down to you and your unique needs. If you’re interested in getting started, our team of experts can help guide you every step of the way.

Improve Your Home Value With Eide Industries 

At Resort Cabanas (a division of Eide Industries, Inc.), we specialize in designing, manufacturing, and engineering custom commercial cabanas and pre-engineered options. With almost 80 years of extensive design, construction, metal fabrication, industrial sewing, and installation experience, we are proud to offer the highest quality products possible, made right here in the U.S.

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