No matter how good a tent may be, if you don’t take proper care of it then you can’t expect it to last a long time – especially if you put it through some rigorous use and always require it to be in top condition. Lucky for you, the maintenance requirements of a good tent shouldn’t be that complicated anyway – so as long as you’ve familiarized yourself with the instructions the manufacturer/seller gave you, you should be fine with your tent and you can rest assured that it will remain in a perfect condition throughout its use.
The first important thing to remember is to keep an eye on the setup instructions – those can vary quite a lot from one manufacturer to another, and they’re critically important if you want to ensure a good long-term use of your tent. Thus, take some time to read the instructions carefully, and make sure that whatever you do with the tent is outlined in those instructions. This is especially valid for the deployment of the tent, which is often a strictly defined process that involves some specific steps, and following it wrongly can end up degrading the quality of the tent little by little as time goes by.
You may need to replace some parts of your tent at some point as well – the bolts are the most common problem in this regard, and even though manufacturers generally go to great lengths nowadays to ensure that their bolts last a long time (typically by making them from stainless steel and using similar tricks to ensure that they don’t just degrade on their own), you must still keep in mind that they’re being subjected to a lot of wear and tear in their use, and this will reflect on their integrity sooner or later. It’s not that expensive to buy a new set of bolts for your tent no matter what model it is, so look into the market for those and stock up while you still can.
Replacing the actual cover itself often tends to be messy and can cost quite a lot – but thankfully, as long as you’ve taken proper care of your tent this shouldn’t have to be done often; actually, the cover should be able to last as long as you’re using the tent if you’re careful enough in folding it and putting it away properly, but you’ll want to be crystal clear with the details listed in the instructions to do that.
In the end, you’ll find that your initial investment into your tent can be a very worthwhile one if you’re looking for long-term value – a quality product of this type can certainly last a long enough time to be worth its money, but you’ll need to put in some effort on your side as well, in order to ensure that it withstands all the forces of nature like it was designed to do, and is able to serve you well for a long time to come and for all your future trips.