What’s the Difference Between a Dome and A Tent Structure?

Domes and tents are both structures that are easy to erect and give you a space that is protected from the weather and sun with clear span structure – an architectural term to describe the distance between the two inside surfaces of the span supports. Both of these have often a supporting framework over which various kinds of fabrics are used that make the interiors of the enclosed spaces weatherproof and protected from the wind.

Tents are commonly used for camping and can be just small enough to accommodate just one or two persons. Many domes are air-filled structures that have practically no framework and are held up by the air pressure that the outer fabric is subjected to. Because of this, the fabric that holds up domes has to be stronger, as a tear in it can cause the collapse of the entire structure. Tents will still function even if there is a rip on the sides of the covered structure.

Tents have always been fundamental in camping and in earlier days have served as homes for many nomadic people who had no fixed places for living. The use then was made of branches of trees to create a basic triangular structure over which hides of animals, leaves and other material were made to provide the required coverage that provided the shelter from rain and sun. Modern-day camping tents follow the same basic use of poles made of metal or other materials, with the covering being provided by waterproof canvas or other materials. Tent technologies steadily developed as extensive use was made of them by armies that were on the move. Their sizes grew larger due to needs for larger sized tents.

Domes are architectural elements that resemble the upper halves of spheres that are hollow inside. Their shape and configuration are such that all loads get transferred to the bottommost edges. The same shape has been used for tents, and these tents can provide a cover for a rectangular area, while the supporting structure is made up of two poles that run from one corner to the other diagonally and cross each other at the peak. This design can withstand strong winds and makes for a more stable structure than ordinary tents. Dome tents can also be made of just fabric that is held up by air pressure.

Dome tents do not require any stakes or guy ropes as conventional tents do. This makes them easy to erect, and smaller tents can be set up very quickly by just one person. They are freestanding, though they can always do with being pegged out so that they are more secure and remain rainproof and windproof. Air domes can be of large sizes and have been extensively used to hold exhibitions, conventions and even games between teams.

There is no limitation to the uses that can be made of both tents and domes for providing temporary accommodation for campers, or for events that require cover to protect those attending them. Large span tents or domes will require sturdier support structures and more pegging. Circuses are prime examples of large tents that are erected for conducting shows of acrobats, animals, and clowns for days and weeks at a time.

Most tents available nowadays come in kits that allow for easy assembly. Before you go camping with a tent or dome, it can always help if you practice its erection and dismantling in your backyard, so that you are completely familiar with it, and will be able to put up the needed temporary home as soon as you reach the site you have selected for camping. If you are not comfortable with this, you can even buy some tents and domes that are classified as self-erecting.

Carol Fontius
Carol began by selling engineered tents to the resort and US military markets and then expanded to manufacturing in 2004 by starting Creative Tent International Inc. with Designs by Robert Stafford.

What Is A Pond Fountain and Why Would I Want One?

If you’re a home owner and you’re looking to spruce up your property, you’re going to have to stop agonizing over the interiors and start mulling over your options for the yard and garden at some point. From planters to flower beds or patios and decks, there’s an entire world of options out there. It can be quite overwhelming if you’re only exploring what can be done outside for the first time. One thing is sure however, one of the most alluring possibilities always comes in the form of pond fountains.

But, what exactly are pond fountains? If you’re not familiar with the concept, You might get some ideas from MidWest Ponds pond fountains. They’re honestly quite classic! They were first popularized in elegant courtyard landscape designs many years ago, but they have continued quite proudly all the way until now. They aren’t the most common feature in homes these days, but you’ve likely seen them in parks or outdoor shopping centers.


The best thing about pond fountains is that they have a natural air of class. They’re down right ritzy and posh, and they give an immediate timeless rustic charm to any location. There’s no doubting that having a pond or lake fountain of your very own will impress literally everyone that you invite over. With that said, let’s explore some of the key benefits:

Pond Fountains Add Glamor!

The glamorous nature of fountain in a pond is hard to argue. They’re something of a status symbol, most often seen on properties owned by those with the deepest of pockets. When someone swings by and sees you have a fountain in your pond, they’re going to know you’re doing something right! And who are we kidding? The mere fact that you have a pond at all would actually be ample for most; the pond itself is essentially the ultimate cherry on top!

Outside of these partially shallower benefits, the aesthetic quality will also be an incredible boon to any backyard area. Lawn ornaments, tiki torches, flower beds, and custom decks can really only accomplish so much. Everyone is quite familiar with those by now, but a pond fountain is something truly special.

The Local Birds Will Love You!

Yes, it’s no secret that fountains and birds tend to go hand in hand. Provided you’re an animal lover, it should be pretty easy to get behind the idea of giving your neighborhood’s birds a nice safe place to come and get cleaned up or have a drink. They might even end up loving the fountain even more than you! Of course, having birds around the back yard can also give your yard that much more of a classic home appeal. There’s just something about the excited chirping of happy birds in the morning that warms the heart.


If nothing else, your fountain will also give you the perfect setting to kick back and relax a bit. You can sit by it with a book you’ve been meaning to catch up on or simply daydream a bit. The sound of circulating water is naturally soothing, and even watching it work can help you zone out just enough to solve some serious problems in the back of your mind. If you’re the type that easily gets stressed out, this could honestly be of great use.

With all of that in mind, it should now be loud and clear as to why you would want a pond fountain! Everything about them screams “glitz” and “success”, they’re wonderful for the environment, and they’re incredibly calming as well. It just goes on and on. Provided you’re able to have one installed with a good aeration system, you should be all set.

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Joe Cadieux is the Senior Biologist for Midwestponds.com. Joe grew up fishing, hunting, and camping with his family in the Midwest. At home he helped out on the hobby farm with the chickens, rabbits, and goats…and one goose (Gracie).

A Water Fountain Can Bring Life to Your Pond

A pond can add beauty, aesthetics and value to a piece of property. But when you are looking to really make a statement, nothing spruces up a lifeless pond more than a majestic water fountain!

Water fountains are not nearly as expensive to purchase or maintain as you might think. However, they always produce an atmosphere of elegance and sophistication, increasing the perceived value of any piece of property.

Water fountains are also functional. By constantly circulating water, they prevent pond water from stagnating. In fact, the constant showering effect of the fountain improves aeration, bringing fresh oxygen and life to your pond.

Pond fountains are relatively easy to install and have a long lifespan without much maintenance needed. So when you want to bring your pond to life, consider the option of adding a decorative fountain and watch your pond spring to life!