questions about marquees?



Long-term rental is a contract under which Extend grants the enjoyment of one or more marquees for a period of time upon payment of a pre-established periodic monthly fee, which can, if agreed, include maintenance and assistance services.

The operation is not a financial operation as no third parties intervene except Extend and its customer, who acquires the use of the marquee, without purchasing it, precisely for an agreed period.

With the rental the customer can enjoy multiple advantages:

  • use of the asset, not property: the customer can immediately use the asset with the advantage of diluting the economic impact over time by paying a monthly fee.
  • tax advantages for IRES and IRAP purposes: the fees paid are totally deductible from the taxable IRES, regardless of the duration of the rental.
  • no immobilization of financial resources: the rental allows you to leave the capital available for other uses without immobilizing it, even if a deposit may be requested in the agreement which will be returned at the end of the rental period.
  • optional services and fittings: Extend also provides for the possibility of including in the rental contract optional fittings that the customer can or wants to use in the installation of the marquee covered by the contract, such as wooden flooring, air conditioning of the rooms, lighting systems, chairs and stages. If agreed, it is possible to include technical assistance, ordinary maintenance and insurance in the fee.
  • management cost planning: the rental fee allows the company to know exactly the flow of periodic fees in relation to the use of the asset, thus allowing the company to plan its cash flows.
  • redemption option: it is possible that the customer considers appropriate, at some point in the contract, to purchase the marquee used. In this case, Extend is available to recognize part of the rental already paid as a deposit on the purchase. This evaluation is carried out from time to time, depending on the duration of the contract and the state of use of the marquees.
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In the field of textile architecture there are several structural types, which can be divided into:
– tensile structures,
– self-supporting (marquees, pagodas and gazebos),
– geodesic,
– arch structures,
– pressure structures.

Thus begins an article by Antonella Pirovano published in Progetto&Pubblico in November 2004 and which we will use to explain the difference between a tensile structure and a tent structure.


Tensile structures are that particular class of structural systems whose elements are mainly subject to tensile stress. The production of spring steel ropes and textile fiber membranes coated with plastic protective material (PVC), has provided the possibility of having materials capable of withstanding considerable traction efforts.
In fact, once loaded, the rope tends to take the shape of the funicular of the loads applied to it; the only stress present is a traction effort. This type of construction allows you to create slender and very light structures, easily adaptable to increasingly evolved architectural forms and able to cover large spaces without the interposition of vertical support works. To create stable structures, the surface of the membranes must necessarily be double curved, one convex and one concave.
From a purely mathematical point of view, the shape is a hyperbolic paraboloid, that is, the shape similar to a saddle, which is appreciated above all in the tensile structures of the sail. In addition to the membrane, which represents the most visible part, the tensile structures owe their shape to a rigid frame, traditionally composed of steel carpentry. Interesting solutions are however also obtained with laminated wood, concrete and steel rope systems and tie rods.
The tensile structures are ideal for setting up large exhibition spaces, sports facilities and open spaces for events, that is constructions that do not require intermediate supports. They are generally simple to assemble thanks to innovative fastening systems.


Tent structures are defined as structures having an independent load-bearing skeleton, with a flat covering and infill sheet, with negligible prestress, not fundamental for the purposes of calculation or stability of the structure. The interior of the marquees is completely free.
They too are anchored to the ground to the uprights. The classic type of marquee is double pitched (or “hut”), with a fixed flat cover, often equipped with a lateral infill consisting of white or colored closing sheets that can also be windowed (in transparent PVC), sliding and collectable. The structure can be composed of several modular trusses arranged parallel or radially. Combinations of structures consisting of a central part with two pitches, with hexagonal, octagonal and dodecagonal apses are possible.
Gazebo marquees are structures with a square or rectangular base with a pre-stressed spire roof resting on perimeter trusses placed at the corners. They are optimal structures for medium-sized constructions. Thanks to their modularity, they can be variously joined to form complex surfaces; vice versa, modularity allows partial use or dismemberment in submultiples.
The sides can be buffered with fixed or sliding tarpaulin on special rails, on which it is possible to create windows with transparent tarpaulin.
Arched marquees are structures with segmented arch cover equipped with a fixed flat membrane and a lateral infill that can be opened. The basic structure is composed of several modular arches arranged parallel to each other. These structures were created to cover particularly large spans, but also to have structures higher than the ridge. Vaulted, trussed or single-slope lattice marquees may also be present. Also in this case, the side walls can be buffered with fixed or openable tarpaulins; in the lateral infills and in the heads, windows can be created with a transparent tarpaulin.


A small handbook on the responsibilities of the client and the documents that the supplier company must deliver.

Not everyone knows that Legislative Decree 9 April 2008 n. 81, “Consolidated Law on Health and Safety at Work”, contemplates a series of obligations to be fulfilled by the client, the violation of which may lead to penal sanctions as well as, in solidarity with the contractors, civil liability.

For this reason, when choosing a marquee supplier, it is important to rely on a company that respects the rules on workers’ health and safety at work.

Extend S.r.l. is a UNI EN ISO 9001: 2008 certified company that has been operating for 20 years in the production, sale and rental of modular marquees with an availability of over 100,000 square meters of roofing.
It has always provided its customers with any document or certification required, including, by way of example:
– the documentation necessary for the verification of one’s technical-professional suitability in relation to the functions and works entrusted (i.e. the certificate of registration to the Padua Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Craft and Agriculture);
– the Risk Assessment Document (DVR), the Single Insurance Contribution Payment Certificate (DURC);
– the declaration of not being subject to suspension or disqualification measures pursuant to art. 14 of T.U.81 / 2008;
– a declaration of the average annual staff, distinguished by qualification, accompanied by the details of the workers’ complaints submitted to INPS and INAIL.

Extend also releases the Operational Safety Plan (POS), complete with all the information required by Annex XV to TU81 / 2008 (such as the indication of their addresses and contacts, the number and related qualifications of workers working on site on behalf of Extend, the description of the construction site activity, the organizational methods and the shifts; the list of individual protection devices provided to the workers employed on the construction site), as well as the various Safety Plans required by the peculiarities of the case.

Extend S.r.l. guarantees its customers compliance with the requirements and fulfilments required by the aforementioned legislation.

Remember that the failure of the contractors to display the above documents exposes the client-customers to the risk of the penalties provided by the T.U. 81/2008.

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