When researching the type of cabana that is best-suited for your property, odds are that you’ll run into the terms engineered cabanas and non-engineered cabanas. If you’re unsure of the difference between the two, you aren’t alone. This question comes up time and time again as we help our clients understand their needs and their options. That’s one of the reasons it’s so important to work with a trusted professional as you go through the process of purchasing cabanas – so you don’t have any unwanted surprises in the end.
The Question of Quality
Many mistakenly believe that engineered versus non-engineered cabanas implies a difference in quality, but that’s not the case. When it comes to issues of quality, the big question is whether the cabana is commercial-grade or retail-grade (aka residential-grade). Both cabana styles can be crafted for commercial use – using top-quality materials that can tolerate heavy use, season after season.
So, if it’s not about quality, what is the difference?
The Difference Between Non-Engineered and Engineered Cabanas
Engineered cabanas are constructed to handle significant weather events, and non-engineered versions aren’t. It’s that simple.
Commercial-grade cabanas are intended to be semi-permanent installations – not ones that you set up and break down as needed. They’re designed to be incredibly durable and long-lasting. That said, the environment in which you’ll be installing your cabanas will dictate whether you need them to be “engineered” or not.
Engineered – Our engineering team expertly designed and tested all of our “engineered” products, so they have the strength and stability necessary to withstand high winds and significant rains (aka wind loads and rain loads). Cabanas can be fabricated to withstand wind loads of 80mph to 180mph – depending on the style you choose – and they’ll resist ponding and sagging when exposed to torrential downpours. The minimum load requirements for structures varies by region, so your Resort Cabana Service Rep will help you make the best choices for your property.
Non-Engineered – These products are still a superior quality for commercial use, but they aren’t appropriate powerful weather conditions. Non-engineered cabanas are ideal for indoor applications and otherwise protected locations (for example, areas that are shielded by hotel towers). If you choose to install non-engineered cabanas outdoors, it’s important that your maintenance team is prepared to remove the fabric coverings when storms are forecasted.
Whether you choose engineered or non-engineered cabanas, it’s essential that you always adhere to the manufacturer’s guidelines.
To explore topics related to this, read our post 5 Questions to Ask Cabana Manufacturers Before Making a Purchase.
We Can Help You Decide Which Type of Cabana Is Best for You. Let’s Talk!
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.