Successful outdoor festivities require planning and preparation because elements such as wind, heat, and water can affect balloon decor. Here are some tips to prolong the life of outdoor balloons.
- Use strong arch supports (eg. Aeropole system). These poles are meant to withstand poor weather conditions. The Aeropole system uses poles that are made from composite fiberglass material and are flexible so that they do not break in the wind.
- Avoid dark colors and pearlized colors, as they will pop faster than lighter colors. White balloons do not fade as much.
- Do not leave balloons outside overnight. Dew settles on the latex making them sticky.
- Use quality brands like Qualatex and Tuff-Tex, who make 17-inch balloons specifically intended to be used outdoors. They have been found to stand up well outdoors. Tuff-Tex balloons are the preferred brand by automotive and equipment dealers as their approximate flying time is 30 to 50 hours.
- When possible, place balloons in the shade.
- Use larger balloons than required and under-inflated them. This allows balloons to expand with the heat. Always fully inflate balloons to their maximum size and then deflate to the desired size. This will stretch the balloon and makes it more durable and less likely to pop in the heat.
- Cover framework and poles with white duct tape as this will prevent the metal from getting too hot.
- Always secure helium-filled balloons to the appropriate weight so that they do not float away.
- Make sure to read State laws pertaining to using balloons outdoors.