Setting Up Custom Inflatable Mascots in 4 Easy Steps!
Whether you're a seasoned installer or you've bought your first cold-air inflatable and need a few pointers, you're in the right place. Landmark inflatables come complete with tethers and appropriate blower. Putting them all together for a successful installation is easier than you might think!
Rooftop installations of cold-air inflatables are not something to be taken lightly. They are not the same as helium rooftop installations or ground installations. Because of the sheer height involved and the special considerations a rooftop installation entails, you'll need to be extra cautious. This article will outline the necessary steps for rooftop installations. However, if you own an inflatable or are thinking of buying one, I strongly suggest you hire a professional to conduct at least your first install.
Getting Started: Inflation Instructions
Are you intimidated by the inflation process? Don't be! In less than 5 minutes, your balloon can be standing tall. Take about 5 minutes to watch this step-by-step video and you'll quickly see just how easy it is to bring your advertising inflatables to life. Need help understanding the deflation process and how to repack your inflatable? Our inflatable packing video will show you how. We also offer a print version of our instruction manual (PDF).
They swing. They sway. They walk up and hug you! Most people are familiar with cold-air inflatables that are tethered to the ground. Many are also familiar with newer dynamic inflatables that are still tethered, but can flap and wiggle in the wind. Making their way up on the popularity list are inflatable costumes. What's the difference? Inflatable costumes let your character move around freely wherever he wants.
Often when people call Landmark they ask how difficult inflatables are to set up. We usually tell them that basic advertising balloon installations require one to two people. Now, I'm not a large woman and I was able to do these setups and takedowns with minimum assistance. Don't get me wrong, I probably wouldn't attempt a rooftop installation alone and I'd certainly advise a do-it-yourselfer to get professional help for their first install. As for tradeshows or ground installations, however, it's a very simple process and I was out to prove that once and for all.
Once you take sheets out of their plastic bag or electronics out of all that Styrofoam, they never want to go back in! Some have said the same thing about advertising inflatables. If you promise not to tell, we'll share our finely tuned packing process with you so you, too, can repackage your inflatables with ease.
If you've been around inflatables for long at all, you know giant cold-air and sealed inflatables need some apparatus to hold them upright. Because of their height and other physical attributes, these types of inflatables require stabilization. In addition, if used outdoors on sidewalks or rooftops, cold-air and sealed inflatables have to have a way to battle back against the elements.
Staking cold-air inflatables down for ground installations is an important part of a successful set up. While it may seem like an easy enough task, there are a lot of factors to be considered: Which stakes are best? Are there utility lines buried at your site? Are the weather conditions windy? Will the inflatable be safe from vandalism?