I had this product shipped to my local Wal-Mart store. I also purchased the optional screen kit available.
I have a 12 x 24 deck about 8 feet above ground. It gets full south sun all day, morning to sunset. It can be scorching out there. This year I decided to buy some sort of canopy/gazebo to cover part of the area.
After reading reviews of the many "gazebos" out there, I feared I would put one up and with the lightest winds, at such an elevation, it would be destroyed. Not to mention, so many of them are $150 or more...no matter what their rating or review.
I saw this First-Up model and thought...this could be my answer...easy to install, not necessarily permanent and the perfect TRUE 10 x 10 size (unlike those portable slant-leg models.) I am 5'6" and I can walk in and out of the canopy without needing to "duck-down" at all. The center of it is very high.
My husband and I assembled this unit within 15 minutes. The instructions were clear and the unit went up without a hitch. The instructions even have "disassembling" instructions.
The bottom of the lags have a small footing with a hole drilled into it, where you can stake the unit down (metal stakes are included) we used screws to anchor our unit down to our deck. So far so good. We've had a few gusty days and the unit hasn't budged, buckled or twisted in any way. It has seen some heavy rain and has not leaked and has no collection/puddling issues on top of the canopy.
In all I'm very satisfied with my purchase. Although a real "garden canopy" may be a little taller and perhaps a bit more "decorative," this one will come down easily in early fall and be ready again for me next year, in a snap.
The unit comes with a carry bag, to hold the tent, with wheels on one end, so if you do "take it along," it can be rolled behind you.
As for the price, it was cheaper than the larger garden canopies. But, it was no "bargain." I paid a fair price, I believe. It remains to be seen the value I got for my money..depending on how many summers I get out of it.
I will post a review about the screen addition at that items page.
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