Get Your Ducks In A Row: A Checklist for Ordering the Right Inflatable for Your Event

Inflatables are one of the most versatile advertising mediums available. They come in a range of sizes, have completely customizable colors and shapes, and can be used in several different environments. However, all that flexibility means you'll want to give some thought to several aspects of using inflatables prior to ordering.

Ordering inflatables isn't a complicated task, but having some information handy when you make your decision will help the process go more smoothly.

It will also help to ensure you get the precise type of inflatable that will best suit your needs for years to come. Before making your final decision, give due consideration to the following questions:

How will the inflatable be used?

Will your inflatable be used strictly for looks or will it function in some way? Booths and tents that shade visitors from the sun and rain are also useful. Ball throws and other games are also available. Let your imagination go wild. Chances are we can create it. Will your inflatable be set up outdoors, indoors or a little of both? The answer can greatly affect the size and shape of your new balloon.

Our new inflatable will be used (Check all that apply.):

• For appearances only.
• To gain attention from a distance.
• To gain attention on-site.
• As a functional booth or tent.
• Other      

What type of installation will you be doing?

Do you plan to install your inflatable on rooftops? At ground level on grass? Concrete? Asphalt? Will you install your new inflatable indoors at tradeshows or other events? Do you have a limited amount of space to display your inflatables? Will electricity be available or will you need a generator? The answers to these questions have a bearing on the type of inflatable you'll want to order and the hardware that should be included.

Our new inflatable will be installed (Check all that apply.):

• On rooftops
• Ground level:[ ] grass [ ] concrete [ ] asphalt [ ] other
• Indoors. Average space at events is _____ x _____ x _____
• Other
• Mobile Marketing Tour

Is a picture of what you want available or will a concept drawing be needed?

• A picture is available.
• A concept drawing is needed.

Who has access to your artwork if product packaging or logos are involved?

Artwork for inflatables can be obtained from:_________________________

How many inflatables will you need?

We'll need ______ inflatables.

Quantity can affect price in some instances so if you plan to order more than one inflatable, please let us know.

When do you need your inflatables?

We'll need our inflatable(s) by __________________.

Rush fees may apply to last-minute projects so order as far in advance as possible. Standard lead times are 4-6 weeks. Also, please note that PMS color fabrics take longer to produce and can add 2-4 weeks to your lead time.

What is your inflatables budget?


With customizable sizes and features, we can produce an inflatable that works with practically any budget. Just notify us of the boundaries we need to work within and we'll create a phenomenal balloon just for you.

Once you have all your information together, give Landmark Creations a call or contact us online. One of our friendly, experienced representatives will be glad to discuss the creation of an inflatable designed to make an impressive visual impact while fitting both your needs and your budget.

If you'd like more information on how to select a reputable inflatables manufacturer, read our article "Choosing A Vendor".

Custom Inflatables FAQ

What is a cold-air inflatable?

Custom inflatables that are labeled cold-air require a blower system (fan) to keep them upright. Cold-air inflatables include sports tunnels, large product replicas, mascots, rooftop inflatables, etc. Cold-air inflatables do not “fly” or float in the air like helium-filled inflatables.

I’m looking to rent an inflatable (fill-in-the-blank) – can Landmark help me?

Sorry, but no. We do not rent inflatables, each of our structures are custom manufactured for purchase only. We do not have anything in-stock as everything is made to order with your specific needs in mind. We think it’s better that way!

What is included in my inflatable purchase?

Depending upon what you purchase your inflatable can include a blower system, installation hardware, instructions, ground stakes, tethers, cambuckles, a repair kit all wrapped up in a storage bag. We also offer specialty storage and shipping container options upon request.

Do inflatables need constant airflow? How does it stay inflated?

The answer is different depending on the type of inflatable you have. Landmark specializes in cold-air inflatables; this style does require a constant source of airflow. Our custom inflatables come complete with a blower that should be kept running while the inflatable is in use. Sealed inflatables do not require a source of airflow. Helium inflatables do not require a source of airflow, but must be filled with 99% pure helium to remain afloat. The helium will need to be replenished every three to five days.

Does my blower system need to stay plugged in and turned on to keep it inflated?

Yes. Cold-air inflatables require a blower system (fan) to keep it upright. You’ll need to plug in the blower system, turn it on & keep it on as long as your promotion lasts!

How is the blower (fan system) attached?

That depends on the type of blower your inflatable has. For external blowers use the zipper and Velcro strap to simply attach the blower sleeve to the blower tube. Internal blowers are permanently installed in the inflatable. No action is necessary.

Can I hang a custom inflatable from the ceiling (at a trade show, museum, etc.)?

 But of course! Our inflatables can be designed with the blower system placed at the top of the structure allowing it to be hung. An inflatable used in this way will include the hanging hardware required for installation. Note: If you plan to suspend an inflatable at your next trade show review the regulations and requirements of the show prior to purchasing!

Do you provide straps to keep inflatables grounded?

Yes, cold-air shapes do come with tether straps and ground stakes that keep the inflatables secured to the ground or roof can be added to your order as needed.

I can’t use ground stakes at my location? What can I use to secure my inflatable?

Depending upon how large your inflatable is you have a few options: Sandbags, water barrels, stationary items and solid weights are some popular anchoring options. Once an inflatable project is designed we can offer installation advice!

How can I maintain the inflatable and continue using it for years to come?

It is not hard to keep your inflatables in good shape. Just follow these simple steps:

Keep your inflatable away from sharp objects to prevent punctures and tears.
Always completely deflate your inflatable before storing it.
Be sure your inflatable is completely dry before storing it to prevent the development of mold or mildew.
Store your inflatable in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight to prevent fading.
Each year, do a quick inspection of the blower, tether straps and seams to be sure your inflatable is not in need of repairs.

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