10 Reasons Why Fabric Structures Trump Steel Buildings

An Introduction to the Benefits of Fabric Structures


The Solution: Custom Fabric Structures

Custom fabric buildings resolve the problems and limitations to steel construction.

1)  Quality Engineering

Fabric buildings can be constructed to nearly any dimension, roof pitch and peak height. In addition, they can be uniquely shaped to fit creative designs and odd-sized lots.

  • Can include offset peaks, varying column heights, sidewall dormers, lean-tos, and mono-slope roofs.
  • Straight sidewalls allow you to utilize every available square foot.

2)  Energy Efficiency

Fabric roofs offer up to 12% translucency, which allows natural light to permeate the structure and eliminate the need for artificial lighting during the day, significantly reducing illumination energy costs.

  • Enough foot-candle illumination is provided during daylight hours to significantly exceed the recommended guideline of 75 to 100 foot-candles.
  • When translucent fabrics are used to introduce daylight, they provide an environmental connection between indoor and outdoor spaces.
  • Skylights and solar panels can be incorporated in the design of fabric buildings.

3)  Corrosion Resistance

Fabric buildings are rust and corrosion-resistant, especially to paper, salt, fertilizer, sludge, compost and other materials and processes that are harmful to steel.

  • Steel support beams and trusses used in fabric structures are typically hot dip galvanized, which is one of the most effective ways to inhibit rust.
  • Since fabric buildings have no screws or nails that penetrate outside roof and wall surfaces, there are no holes that can leak water and promote rust and corrosion.

4)    Indoor Environment

Fabric buildings are weather-tight and energy efficient.

  • Before installation of HVAC, fabric buildings stay more than 10 degrees warmer on many winter days and almost 20 degrees cooler on most hot days.
  • Maintain a clean interior environment with consistent temperatures.
  • There are no places for vermin to hide and nest.

5)  Versatile Foundations

Fabric buildings can be installed on a diverse array of foundations, including screw piles, helicals, and precast or cast-in-place concrete. Can be placed on permanent foundations or installed to be relocated in the future.

6)  Strength

Fabric buildings have superior strength.

  • Rigid frame engineering can account for additional loads to be placed on the structure, such as conveyors, cranes or fire suppression systems.
  • The rigid frame is engineered to meet or exceed local codes related to wind, snow and seismic activity.

7)  Relocatability

Fabric buildings are engineered to be permanent yet may easily be ported or relocated.

8)  Quick Installation

Fabric buildings can be installed quickly – usually within a week.

9)  Servicing

Repairing a fabric building can cost as little as $2 per square foot. Replacement steel can cost up to $7 per square foot.

10)  Sustainability

Fabric buildings contain environmentally sustainable materials, which can help you gain LEED points.

  • Fabric coverings are often recyclable.
  • Polyethylene fabrics are considered a low toxin-emitting building material.

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