When erecting a building, there are many choices for building materials. And fabric buildings have many of the same features of other building types, including high-quality materials, first-class workmanship and customization. But these advantages don’t exist in a vacuum – comparing building types directly is one way to see how a fabric building might be the best choice for you. Let’s start by seeing how fabric buildings compare to post-frame structures.
How do Fabric Buildings Compare?
- Sustainability: Post frame buildings are constructed of wood frames. To build the frames, the trees must be grown to a certain size, and much of the wood is wasted while the beams are shaved to the correct thickness. Fabric structures are built on a frame of steel. Nearly 90% of the steel used for fabric buildings is made from recycled materials. Reusing the steel in this way results in less landfill waste and less material used in producing raw steel. Plus, fabric buildings are naturally filled with sunlight and require far less electricity for daytime use.
- Flame retardancy: One of the many options when constructing a fabric building is flame retardant fabric. Using flame retardant fabric will help protect your building from internal and external fires, especially fires caused by excessive heat. Although no building is completely fire-proof, the flame retardancy provided by a fabric building can decrease the chances of losing your building to fire, and can provide a few extra minutes to get out of the building to a safe area.
- Natural light: Fabric buildings are hands down the best option for allowing natural light into the building. This can decrease your energy cost, as well as make a more pleasant interior. No amount of windows can replicate the effect of translucent fabric covering the entire building. Not only is the natural light attractive, it also saves energy and money by requiring fewer electric lights. And because it’s the entire building receiving sunlight instead of just a few small areas, there is drastically less glare and fewer shadowy areas inside a fabric building.
- Flexibility: Fabric buildings are infinitely customizable. Since the fabric roof is lightweight, fewer interior support columns are needed. This can mean a completely open floor plan several hundred feet wide. Fabric buildings can also be built on several types of foundations (even pre-existing concrete foundations) and built with varying column heights for your use. Adding accessories such as insulation, lean-tos, sprinkler loads and overhangs make your building even more ideally suited for your use.
- Future maintenance: Wood frames have a number of natural predators, including insects, rodents and even mold. Steel frames can’t be destroyed by critters or mold, and fabric buildings don’t have dark, wet corners for critters to hide in. Fabric buildings also don’t have paint, siding or shingles to maintain. Over the years, using a low-maintenance fabric building can save you time and money that would normally be spent repairing your building.
- Portability: Although fabric buildings are intended as permanent structures, they can be easily (and inexpensively) moved. If your future holds a possible move or expansion, putting up a fabric building gives you the advantage of using your building now without worrying about what you will do with it later.
- Warranty: With the sturdy steel framework, flame retardant fabric and solid foundation, fabric buildings can be guaranteed to stand for decades. No matter the environment or use for your building, a warranty is included with purchase.
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Fabric buildings have many advantages over other building types. When you’re considering a construction project, consider the advantages fabric buildings have. Contact us to learn more about fabric buildings and how they can be the right choice for you.