The Difference Between Yard Inflatables and Professional Inflatables

Holiday Yard Inflatables

Professional Inflatables vs. Yard Inflatables

With the introduction several years ago of yard inflatables, we've seen our share of questions about the differences in what we offer and what can be bought at a local Wal-Mart store. In an effort to clear up some confusion, we've created a comparison that will help you determine which is the right option for you. The Same But Different? Not Really. Many people think yard inflatables are just a lower-quality version of custom inflatables. Actually, they are two different things entirely. Think of it this way, you might have a kiddie pool in your backyard or you might have an in-ground pool. Yes, both hold water, both allow you to get wet, but there are major differences in the two as far as materials, form, function, price, and more. At the end of the day, the two pools are simply not even in the same category. Truth be told, you get what you pay for. Yard inflatables were never meant for commercial use. They were originally designed as holiday novelties that individuals could put in their yards. If that's what you are looking for, by all means, yard inflatables can fit the bill. But for professional marketing purposes, yard inflatables will leave you lacking.

Comparision of Professional & Yard Inflatables


Professional Inflatables

Yard Inflatables


Each inflatable is custom-created to match your design.

Not available unless you buy in bulk.


Completely adjustable to meet the customer's needs.

Pre-made in pre-determined sizes.


Industrial-use blower developed to perform well with constant use year after year.

Small, inexpensive blower designed for very limited use.


Heavyweight 7.5-, 10- or 18-ounce vinyl-coated nylon that resists fading for years plus withstands weather, temperature changes and constant use.

Lightweight nylon material.

Installation Accessories

Stakes, tethers, blower, and instructions are included along with available telephone assistance with a live person, if needed.

Stakes, tethers, blower, and instructions are included.



Usually 30-60 days.

The bottom line: Buy commercial-grade products for commercial use and budget-grade products for home use. If customization, quality and helpful support are considerations for you, the choice is clear.

Have additional questions? We'd love to answer them for you. Simply contact us today!

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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